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Kate Mudge joins West Central Initiative as Business Development Officer

West Central Initiative is one of 10 Minnesota Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) whose purpose is to promote and create economic prosperity in Greater Minnesota. As part of our contract with the Federal Economic Development Authority, every five years we compile, review and submit a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan for the nine-county region we serve: Region IV Economic Development District of Minnesota. Our planners offer their impressions in a Zoom chat video overview of their focus groups/surveys.

Through a state, federal, tribal, nonprofit and private partnership, the Building Economic Resilience through Clean Energy and Equity (BERCEE) initiative strives to create sustainable and accessible jobs, reach net zero emissions by 2050 and promote equity.  

Our Assistant Planner Emily Reno joined the BERCEE initiative participant group to offer our perspectives unique to west central Minnesota.  

A lifetime of philanthropy will live on in Fergus Falls through the Virginia S. and Samuel L. Adams Tribute Fund.

Donor advised funds are managed by West Central Initiative on behalf of organizations, families, or individuals as a charitable giving vehicle. More than $60,000 was recently granted to organizations in the Fergus Falls, Perham and Dent communities through four different funds.

Jenna Ray joins West Central Initiative. As a Development Associate, she will help to create new outreach and community engagement efforts, increase interactions among donors, and strengthen the organization’s donor database.

Hospitality in the Lakes Region of Minnesota has a history that reaches back to the days when George and Ashwinn Bonga had their home on Otter Tail Lake.

West Central Initiative awarded $191,000 in Resiliency Fund Grants to 21 organizations as part of our effort to ensure a just and sustainable regional recovery from the long-term effects of the pandemic. These latest grants along with those awarded in 2020, combine for a total of more than $600,000 in Resiliency Fund Grants distributed in west central Minnesota. 

Today we bid farewell and best wishes to Wendy Merrick as she brings her infectious energy and caring spirit to work closer to her home in Grant County. Wendy has helped guide our philanthropic giving programs for more than two decades.