Our Staff

John Kramer
President, CEcD

Executive Managers

With 30 years in the business of economic development, John is an experienced leader who knows how to grow the community of Yankton. His previous experience included being CEO of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation and President of the Great Falls Economic Development Corporation....

Brian Steward
Finance Manager

Executive Managers

Brian has worked for Yankton Area Progressive Growth for the past seven years. His strong financial background ensures that Yankton Area Progressive Growth is able to invest in Yankton’s future and to provide clients with the information they need. Brian enjoys Yankton’s biking opportunities.

Rita Nelson
Workforce Development Coordinator

Executive Managers

Approximately twenty five years ago, I moved to the greater Yankton area from central South Dakota.  While attending the University of South Dakota, I was able to explore my career interests by working part-time jobs. I appreciated the flexible scheduling offered by area employers and...

Christine Feltes
Adminstrative Coordinator

Support Staff

In the two years that I have called Yankton home, I have come to love Yankton and the surrounding region. Working at Yankton Area Progressive Growth has allowed me to get to know the community quickly. From the outdoor activities of hiking, biking, gardening, and...

Jen Johanneson
Administrative Assistant

Support Staff

Growing up in the Yankton area, I was always able to enjoy and appreciate all of the outdoor recreation that the area has to offer. After earning my B.S. in Business Administration at WSC in Wayne, NE, my husband and I moved to Sioux Falls...

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