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Craig Atkins, Executive Director

Craig Atkins

Craig Atkins

Craig has more than 20 years of economic development experience in South Dakota. As President and Executive Director of the Watertown Development Company, he sets the strategic direction in marketing Watertown to companies and global industries.

A seasoned professional, Craig is a Certified Economic Developer through the National Development Council and has provided his expertise at many meetings and conferences on the subjects of economic development, the financing of large economic development projects, and project management.

Craig has served on several boards and committees throughout his career, including the Mid-America Economic Development Council and H2O-20.  He also took the lead in the creation of a capital fund for area entrepreneurs called Kampeska Capital, LLC. The Watertown Development Company, in partnership with the South Dakota Enterprise Institute (EI), launched the fund which provides financial resources for local startup companies that exhibit potential for growth and high economic impact. He has served on the board for Kampeska Capital, LLC since its inception.

Contact Craig Atkins:
Phone: 605-884-0340 ext. 212
Toll-Free: 888-898-6767
Fax: 605-882-0199
Email: craig@watertownworks.com

Michelle Kakacek, Director of Business Development

Michelle Kakacek

Michelle Kakacek

Michelle Kakacek has called Watertown home since graduating from Watertown High School and the University of South Dakota, Vermillion with a B. S. Degree in Political Science with emphasis in Public Administration. For more than 20 years she has held careers in sales and management, including experiences in retail and hospitality services.

Michelle joined the Watertown Development Company as Director of Business Development in November 2014. In this position, she develops and directs initiatives that promote the growth, diversity and quality of the area workforce in order to meet the present and future needs of the business community and serves as Administrator of the Watertown Workforce Advisory Council. Working with international and U.S. corporate executives in high-potential targeted industries, Michelle also works for extended periods of time developing relationships with company decision-makers and providing them with the resources they need to expand or relocate to Watertown.

Contact Michelle Kakacek:
Phone: 605-884-0340 ext. 211

Toll-Free: 888-898-6767
Fax: 605-882-0199
Email: michelle@watertownworks.com

Traci Stein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Traci Stein

Traci Stein

Traci Stein brings more than 20 years combined experience in business management and marketing to the Watertown Development Company. Traci is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council and is responsible for finding opportunities for marketing business and industry growth in Watertown.

Traci joined the Watertown Development Company in 2008 as Director of Business Development and became Director of Marketing and Public Relations in 2014. She has been active on community boards and committees throughout her career at the WDC and actively continues her education on economic development through International Economic Development Council courses. Traci is a current member of the International Economic Development Council, and has served on the board of directors with the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC)  and the Northeast South Dakota Society for Human Resources Management (NESDSHRM). She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Mount Marty College and M.S. in Information Systems with an emphasis in E-Commerce from Dakota State University.

Contact Traci Stein:
Phone: 605-884-0340 ext. 213
Cell: 605-520-8020
Toll-Free: 888-898-6767
Fax: 605-882-0199
Email: traci@watertownworks.com

 

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