Email District III (605) 665-4408


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Planning and Development District III is seeking applicants for a full-time Community Development Specialist position. The position will provide a wide range of community and economic development services to include project financing, local government support, housing programs, and technical research. District III serves 15 counties in southeastern South Dakota. This position requires some regional travel.
District III is offering a competitive compensation package, including:
  • South Dakota State Retirement
  • Health, Life, and Disability Insurance
  • Annual, Personal, and Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Section 125 FSA Plan
  • Apply online at or mail application and resume to PO Box 687, Yankton, SD 57078.

    Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 26, 2024.

    Questions concerning the position should be directed to:
    Lori Cowman, Director
    Planning & Development District III
    1808 Summit St.
    PO Box 687
    Yankton, SD 57078
    (605) 665-4408 --
    Planning and Development District III is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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    About Us

    Planning and Development District III is a voluntary association of county, municipal and tribal governments.

    Planning and Development District III service area includes 15 counties, 60 cities and 3 tribal governments in Southcentral & Southeast South Dakota

    Planning and Development District III service area includes 15 counties in Southcentral & Southeast South Dakota - Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lyman, Sanborn, Tripp, and Yankton. Within our 15 counties are 3 tribal Governments - Crow Creek, Lower Brule Sioux, and Yankton Sioux. Also within our service area are 60 cities. The 2020 Census total population of the region is 100,636 with 13,218 square miles.

    • On December 4, 1970, Governor Frank Farrar signed an Executive Order creating the boundaries.
    • Members formed the voluntary association under a "Joint Cooperative Agreement", which was authorized under state joint powers statutes.
    • The District also utilizes the expertise of its Comprehensive Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. This group consists of mainly private sector representatives. It provides policy, guidance and service feedback on business related issues.

    District III has a strong record of local support. Its membership has given the organization the freedom to expand services and professional relationships as regional needs evolved.

    Meet the Team

    Our humans are here for you.

    Lori Cowman

    Executive Director Call Lori

    Serves as Director for District III as well as the manager of the Areawide Business Council revolving loan fund.

    Harry Redman

    GIS Coordinator Call Harry

    Over 25 years of GIS experience with 9-1-1 data sets, GPS collection, Parcel Mapping, Utility Mapping, Disaster Recovery, and handles special project our clients may have.

    Greg Atkinson

    Sr GIS Analyst/Programer Call Greg

    Over 15 years of GIS experience with creating and maintaining tax parcel databases. Utilizes Python, Javascript and VB scripts to automate complex tasks including data processing and manipulation and custom GIS layer creation. Handles our custom web development for our GIS websites.

    Eric Ambroson

    Development Specialist Call Eric

    Application development for a wide variety of programs, including fire halls, housing, libraries, statistics, community centers, and water & wastewater facilities. Also specializes in comprehensive plans and housing assessments.

    Brian McGinnis

    Development Specialist Call Brian

    Land use planning, zoning and subdivision regulations, financial and technical assistance, application development, project administration, request for proposals, ordinances, special purpose districts, and Regional Food Business Center primary contact.

    John Clem

    Development Specialist Call John

    Application development and project administration for a wide variety of programs, including CDBG, EDA, DANR, USDA, DOT, FEMA, and LWCF. Development of Pre-Disaster Mitigation plans.

    Jen Moser

    Admin Prof / Contracting Specialist Call Jen

    Provides overall clerical, technical, and administrative support to District III staff as well as free assistance with SAM registrations.

    Fred Binder

    Contracting Specialist Call Fred

    Assist in Governor House applications and provides techical assistance to APEX government contracting for businesses.

    Sue Stoll

    Associate State Director / Yankton Regional Director South Dakota Small Business Development Center Call Sue

    Provides no-cost professional consulting services to start-up and existing businesses in South Dakota.

    Teresa Kokesh

    Areawide Business Council / SBDC Business Consultant Call Teresa

    Provides no-cost professional consulting services to start-up and existing businesses in South Dakota and assists in managing the Areawide Business Council revolving loan fund.

    Carrie Hauser

    Financial Officer Call Carrie

    Supports District III by maintaining District III’s Financial Management, Project Budget and Development Tracking.


    The staff at District III is experienced in dealing with all types of technical issues. Please contact the staff via our general email below or contact the individual directly. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (closed noon-1pm), closed holidays.


    1808 Summit St Yankton SD 57078


    PO BOX 687 Yankton SD 57078


    (605) 665-4408 ; (800) 952-3562

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