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.   

A Lunch & Learn Virtual Program to provide some guidance for people looking to tackle big issues is set for Tuesday, January 26 at noon. This is a free virtual program!

West Central Initiative applied for and received a grant to purchase and deliver COVID-related supplies for at-risk families in WCI's nine-county service area, including the White Earth Nation. Hopefully, it helped make the holidays less stressful.

WCI introduces Mark Malingen and Johnathan Judd as new board members.

Economic Development Planners Alex Johnson and Emily Reno join WCI.

Introducing GreenCorps member Mallory Jarvi.

Jackie Buboltz of Detroit Lakes joins the West Central Initiative Board of Directors. This is a short profile of Jackie.