The mission of the Walsh County Job Development Authority is to promote existing businesses and to facilitate business expansions, as well as encourage new ideas and ventures that lead to job creation and increased incomes. This economic development includes enhancing human capital, developing community infrastructure, and promoting business development.
The Walsh County Job Development Authority (WCJDA) was formed in March 1988 through the efforts of community leaders and the Walsh County Commission. Funding for the organization comes largely from a county mill levy, and has expanded to include funds from loan repayments and grants from other entities. Resources primarily fund direct loans, interest buydowns, feasibility studies, and matching grants for businesses.
The Walsh County JDA focuses its efforts on job creation and economic development in Walsh County. The JDA works with individuals and local organizations to enhance economic development, assists entrepreneurs in Walsh County to develop business and marketing plans, identifies and coordinates financing of business start-ups and expansions from different public and private funding sources, and compiles information on communities, commercial buildings, and prospective businesses.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Walsh County Commission. Board members and officers are elected according to guidelines in the North Dakota Century Code dealing specifically with Job Development Authorities. The fifteen members of the Board of Directors serve on staggered three-year terms or until their successors are duly qualified. The Board of Directors also oversees the operations of the WCJDA, monitors staff performance, and evaluates its investments in projects. The Board makes the final decisions on applications for funding.