About The JDA

who we are

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 economic and community development in Walsh County. The JDA works with individuals and local organizations to enhance economic/community development, assists entrepreneurs, 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 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.

To learn more about specific projects the JDA supports, how to apply for funding, and to read previous meeting minutes, follow this link:

Walsh County Job Development Authority

Walsh County JDA Board Members

Walsh County JDA Staff

Stacie Sevigny is the current executive director for the Walsh County JDA. In July 2023, the Walsh County JDA joined the Pembina and Nelson County JDAs in partnering for professional staff and fiscal management with the Red River Regional Council. Lori Estad serves as the fiscal manager of the Walsh County JDA and RRRC.


Stacie joined the RRRC as a Developer in September 2014, including serving as lead staff for the Nelson County JDA for about two years. From 2022-2023, she was the Regional Workforce Development Director for rural Region 4 (Walsh, Pembina, and Nelson counties) developing the region’s workforce attraction initiative Real. Good. Northeast ND (website: Real. Good. Northeast ND) as well as serving as the Work-Based Learning Coordinator in partership with North Valley Career and Technology Center, focused on career exposure and experiences for North Valley students.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University.