What is the CDC?The Arlee CDC was formed in 2002 as a vehicle for people who love the Jocko Valley to have a say in the development of the community. As an unincorporated region that spans the Flathead Reservation, Lake, Missoula and Sanders Counties, the CDC has provided a voice for the Jocko Valley and has undertaken and supported projects to increase youth, family and community vitality. As a member driven organization, our projects and programs are developed in response to community input and supported by community volunteer efforts. Examples are building trails, youth programs and camps, developing the arts and an artist cooperative, and Food Sovereignty programs. We are also providing business services and economic development opportunities in the Jocko Valley through partnerships with regional and tribal economic development organizations. The COVID-19 crisis in March 2020 demonstrated the power of having this vehicle to quickly respond to community needs. We were able to immediately provide emergency food services to the Jocko Valley and to serve as a fiscal agent for philanthropic engagement to support emergency food services Reservation wide.
The Arlee CDC Mission and Guiding Principles
MISSION STATEMENT (adopted November 2002)
The Arlee Community Development Corporation (Arlee CDC) will assist and foster the planning and development of projects deemed to be beneficial socially, physically, economically, and culturally to the public interest of the Arlee-Jocko Valley community.
Guiding principles for implementation of mission statement adopted April 2010:
Our projects will include strategies that:
- are sustainable;
- are culturally appropriate and recognize our place as the southern entrance to the Flathead Indian Reservation;
- provide both economic and social benefit;
- recognize our need to protect the special and beautiful environment in which we live;
- employ local residents and provide training opportunities for adults and youth;
- increase the economic viability of our exciting businesses and organizations;
- insure that money paid into our local economy stays in our local economy as long as possible before it is paid out;
- are cooperative.
Programs & Projects
In the spring of 2014, the Arlee CDC participated in a Community Visioning meeting, along with area residents and local groups and organizations to discuss the needs and wants of our community. From that meeting 119 wants/needs were identified. From there, five categories were created to reflect what the community deems important.VIEW OUR PROJECTS
Join us in making a difference in our community!The Arlee CDC depends on the generosity of our community members and contributing partners to continue our mission of making Arlee a better place for all. Whether it is your $10 membership fee, an annual contribution, or a one time donation, your support is appreciated!Join us in making a difference in our community!
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