Rod Fouberg Recognized by SD Governor

Sioux Falls, S.D.—South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, recognized Rod Fouberg of Aberdeen with the Governor’s Excellence in Economic Development Award this week in Sioux Falls, SD. The prestigious honor was bestowed upon Fouberg during the annual Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Conference.

Daugaard introduced Fouberg as one who has been instrumental in affordable housing development, local primary job creation, downtown revitalization, philanthropy, primary and secondary education, higher education, transportation, and healthcare. “Rod has been so helpful to so many by offering assistance to those working on complex financing issues. His style is inclusive of others with an encouraging approach.” The Governor praised Fouberg for being so inviting and collaborative that when other (community leaders) learn he is involved with something they jump right in too.

Fouberg was clearly surprised but declared, “This is the best place to live because of all the opportunities to work together; and you all make that very easy to do.”

The “Governor’s Excellence in Economic Development Award” was established in 1993 to honor the dedication and commitment of eight South Dakotans who lost their lives returning home from an economic development trip; then Governor George Mickelson, Roland Dolly, Ron Reed, Angus Anson, David Birkeland, Roger Hainje, and pilots Dave Hanson and Ron Becker. According to a statement from the GOED, the award recognizes one South Dakotan who has committed his or her time and energy to make South Dakota a better place to work and live.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Rod has served as a county extension agent and later joined what now is Dacotah Bank as a loan officer; eventually becoming its chief executive officer and chairman of the board. While officially retired from the company, he remains active on the board of directors and with numerous other organizations and initiatives. He and his wife, Glenna, continue to reside in Aberdeen.

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