Lake County Community Development Corporation
Mission: To enhance the quality of life and sustainable economic well being of the communities we serve.
For the past 18 years, LCCDC has operated a Business Development Center revolving loan fund which provides lower interest loans to companies that are expanding and creating new jobs in Lake County. The organization also provides a full range of business services, including assistance writing business plans, conducting business development workshops and classes, provides specialized assistance in government procurement, manufacturing technology, and helping with loan packaging.
Since 1993, the organization has actively supported the development of affordable housing programs in Lake County, incubating and helping staff both the City of Ronan Housing Authority and the Lake County Community Housing Organization. Those organizations have since spun-off as independent entities located in Ronan, MT.
In 1999, LCCDC, with help from the USDA Rural Cooperative Service program, established a regional Cooperative Development Center to provide technical assistance to businesses and individuals desiring to establish collaborative business ventures.
In 2000, LCCDC developed the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, a food business incubator and processing center located in Ronan, which assists in the development and batch processing for specialty foods and value-added agriculture enterprises as well as regulatory requirements related to food processing.
In 2004, LCCDC was first recognized by the State of Montana as meeting the qualifications for contracting as a Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC.) 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 Indian Reservation known as the Western Rural Development Region.
In 2014, LCDDC was recognized by the US Department of Treasury as a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). Certification recognizes specialized financial institutions serving low-income communities.
In addition, through our Community Development Center, we have provided technical assistance to and/or helped develop funding for infrastructure projects in Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties.