Lake County Community Development Corporation

Mission

To enhance the quality of life and sustainable economic well-being of all residents of the communities we serve.

- Adopted June 15, 2016 by the Board of Directors

 

Organizational Overview

The Lake County Community Development Corporation (LCCDC) is a 501-C(3) not-for-profit, organized and incorporated in March 1995. LCCDC brought together the leadership of 3 local community development groups operating, without staff, in Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius to provide leadership (and staff) for community development efforts and to address the critical growth issues as they affect residents, communities and quality of life throughout Lake County. The organization is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, responsible for establishing policy, overseeing its activities and staff, and for conducting its annual audit. Its fourteen volunteer board members represent the entire County and work to be representative of county-wide needs.

LCCDC was first recognized by the State of Montana as meeting the qualifications for contracting with the State as a Certified Regional Development Corporation in 2004. As such, LCCDC also provides outreach services in community and economic development in partnership with other local governments and local development corporations in Mineral and Sanders Counties and the Flathead Reservation under a coalition known as the Western Rural Development Region. LCCDC works on behalf of businesses and communities as follows:

a) Assisting in job creation by: working with existing companies to develop and expand their businesses and to structure financial resources appropriate to their situation, as a primary goal; and by recruiting new companies which may appropriately locate in Lake County and provide additional and higher wage jobs, as a secondary goal;

b) Assisting small businesses in their development through the management of a federally recognized Procurement Technical Assistance Program; the delivery of management training courses including marketing, accounting, business planning, food safety and security, regulatory compliance and others as needed; and hosting a Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise center to help such businesses better market themselves and qualify for beneficial contracts.

c) Helping develop our agricultural economy through the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, a community-based, shared use food processing, product development and cooperative marketing center to help agricultural producers identify alternative products that can be grown and/or processed for higher value returns at a local level; and to provide access for food product development and marketing expertise to entrepreneurial food manufacturers.

d) Assisting communities in developing their infrastructure by helping them analyze their needs; structuring the necessary financing to complete defined projects (including writing grants and developing loan requests); and assisting them in administering grants and construction projects.

e) Working with communities, organizations and individuals to develop and expand recreational facilities and opportunities, such as bicycle paths, sport complexes, and other community projects;

f) Facilitating community planning and land use planning efforts which are directed toward preservation of Lake County's quality life;

g) Assisting with revitalization efforts in communities throughout Lake County;

h) Developing tourism and tourism related industries throughout Lake County;

i) Assisting in the development of affordable housing opportunities by supporting efforts of local and county-wide housing organization; and

j) Developing and keeping current a Regional Community and Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that provides data and records the purpose, needs and future development plans of our communities and major industry sectors.


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