05 Aug Bowman New Home of Regional Council
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As of July 1, 2022, Bowman County Development Corporation entered into a management services agreement with Roosevelt Custer Regional Council to provide organization and program management, community development, and business services. Roosevelt Custer Regional Council (RCRC) was seeking to revamp their organization, loan programs, and regional assistance, and the contract was a unique opportunity for both organizations. The partnership with RCRC will greatly benefit Bowman County and the entire region.
“Not only does it allow us to play a huge role in regional development,” said Teran Doerr, BCDC Executive Director, “but it also provides great jobs in Bowman County, positions that are funded by regional, state, and federal funds. This opportunity will allow us to leverage even more federal dollars in the region, have more economic and community development supports for our communities, and provide more funding to our businesses. We are excited to build our team and restore the council.”
A regional council, such as RCRC, is a non-profit public agency dedicated to serving local governments, businesses, and communities by writing grants and providing funding. North Dakota has eight regional councils serving the counties in the state. RCRC serves Region VIII which includes the counties of Bowman, Slope, Dunn, Adams, Hettinger, Billings, Golden Valley, and Stark. RCRC is governed by a board made up of representatives from all eight counties.
BCDC seeks to revitalize, sustain, and grow RCRC and its programs to allow the region access to the Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF), Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and additional services.
“RCRC is eager to assist and build the region. BCDC is highly regarded throughout the state and the board wholeheartedly trusts their ability to re-establish RCRC as a pillar of support for the region,” said Josh Buchmann, RCRC Board President.
Formerly located in Dickinson, RCRC once employed four staff members. BCDC is looking to grow the council’s programs and staff with the benefit of adding good jobs to Bowman County and increasing the regions’ access to support. The stronger the region is, the stronger each individual county is.
BCDC currently supports the region by serving as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Center for multiple counties, hosting the Fusion Conference with a mission to support businesses and workforce, and offering education sessions to benefit the surrounding region. In Doerr’s opinion, “Regional development benefits us all.”
In the coming months BCDC will be hiring additional staff to support RCRC and its growth. Future opportunities for the council include region-wide marketing, tourism development, workforce development, and community development.
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