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Lori Capouch

North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
Rural Development Director
Lori Capouch is a development professional who leads rural people through the grassroots development process, empowering them to create the businesses they desire in their communities. She is the rural development director for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) where she oversees the Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center located in Mandan, North Dakota. Previously, she served as the executive director for the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, a state agency that provides grant funding for the high-risk startup stages of value-added agriculture development. Among her current efforts are projects related to rural food access, nonprofit and cooperative childcare facilities, and collectively-owned meat processing plants.

To compliment her development work with NDAREC, Lori provides administrative services to the Rural Development Finance Corporation and the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. She serves as secretary/treasurer for Dakotas America governing board and is a director for the North Dakota Consensus Council. She is a 2018 Fellow for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) now known as Common Future.

Lori holds a BS in business management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a certified economic development finance professional by the National Development Council.

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