Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to advance the public interest in community preservation and improvement by encouraging the development of entrepreneurial thinking and activity. Our vision is to help the community of Yankton achieve its full potential.
Why are we different than other economic development organizations, and why will we succeed in our goals? It’s easy. Our Values.
We unite all organizations that strive to grow Yankton.
We take into account every entity in the community: We strive to have a member of all Yankton groups serve on our board or on a committee, including economic development groups, banks, manufacturing, education, chamber of commerce, downtown, entrepreneurial groups, etc. If you don’t see your group’s name on here, get in touch with us.
We support all businesses that bring value to our community, big or small.
We offered the space and assisted in the renovation of the Sandbox- a co-working space and business that serves as the hub of conversation and growth amongst all members of our community.
Onward Yankton is here to stay, regardless of who’s involved.
OY’s goals and big ideas are created from the voices of our community, the first being Jakob Fokken’s idea of Yankton becoming “The Missouri River Capital of Entrepreneurship.” Regardless of OY’s future goals, it will always serve as an organization that listens to the needs of the entire community.
We are more that a group; we’re a culture.
Our values shape our culture. We support the development of a community-wide culture that identifies, educates and fosters entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.