In a year defined by a robust five year strategic planning effort, the Red River Regional Council’s impact on economic vitality and the quality of life in the four counties it serves is demonstrated in the wide range of business and community development projects outlined in its 2014 annual report.
Dan Stenvold, RRRC President and Mayor of Park River, is pleased with the accomplishments of the region’s communities. “Our communities and partners continue to make strides in improving the quality of life for citizens in our northeast corner of the state,” says Stenvold. “I am especially excited to see that the broad-based efforts of the RRRC and its staff continue to bring excellent results for the region.”
With a loan portfolio topping the $2 million dollar mark, and projects totaling nearly $3.4 million dollars secured from county, regional, state and federal funds and leveraged by $2.9 million in private funds in 2014, the RRRC is demonstrating strong support for housing rehabilitation programs, hazard mitigation projects, outdoor recreation and conservation, stream restoration and water quality efforts, and economic development.
“What’s not often calculated in dollars and cents is the time we spend building upon the creative and entrepreneurial spirit found in residents and leaders of our communities,” says Dawn Keeley, Executive Director of the RRRC. “We are dedicated to being an energetic and determined partner in order to move the ideas into actions that build businesses, transform communities and create a better future for everyone in our region.”
Stenvold agrees the staff is committed to assisting communities and businesses in achieving their goals. “I am very proud of our employees. The RRRC staff go above and beyond each and every day to make working with the RRRC a pleasurable experience,” Stenvold said.
The RRRC is one of eight regional planning councils in North Dakota established in 1973 to enhance the ability of local governments to jointly plan, address issues, and seize opportunities that transcend individual boundaries. The RRRC serves Region IV which includes Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, and Walsh Counties.