Lori Cowman is a dedicated professional with an impressive track record of service and achievement in the field of economic development and financial consulting. With 20+ years of experience, she has been a valuable asset to Planning & Development District III in Yankton, SD, where she was recently appointed Assistant Director.  Lori’s role as Assistant Director includes serving as the Administrator for the Areawide Business Council, Inc., a regional revolving loan fund that serves 15 counties in Southeast and South-Central South Dakota. Her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in facilitating access to capital and promoting economic growth within these communities. In addition, Lori serves as a business consultant for South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Before joining the team at District III, Lori spent 9 years at First National Bank South Dakota dedicated to lending.

Lori is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. She also achieved the prestigious designation of Economic Development Finance Professional from The National Development Council. Lori is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Consumer Credit School and was honored with the title of Minority Small Business Champion of the Year in 2005 by the South Dakota Small Business Administration, recognizing her outstanding contributions to supporting minority-owned businesses and fostering entrepreneurship.

Lori’s dedication to making a positive impact on the economic landscape of South Dakota is a testament to her passion for creating opportunities and driving prosperity.