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

Walsh County JDA Board Members

Walsh County JDA Staff

Angelle French

The Walsh County Job Development Authority is staffed by one full-time Executive Director. Angelle French took over the position when Julie Campbell retired in 2021 after 32 years with the JDA. Angelle has a bachelors of accounting and a taxation certification from the University of Minnesota Crookston and an MBA from the University of North Dakota. She is currently working on her Economic Development Finance Professional Certification through the National Development Council.