JLDC Mission

To promote the general welfare of Jefferson County, Montana

by assisting business enterprises, enhancing the tax base, creating employment opportunities, combating community deterioration and assisting in the development of projects, studies, and other activities in cooperation and coordination with local governmental, civic bodies and other groups, corporations or individuals to aid, assist and foster the planning, development, renewal, redevelopment and improvement of Jefferson County, Montana.

Our Story

In 1998 a group of volunteers from all parts of the county formed an Economic Development Task Force, facilitated by the MSU Extension Agent for Madison and Jefferson Counties.  The group was concerned about the economy because two mines in Jefferson County were preparing to close.  After two years the Task Force evolved into the Jefferson Local Development Corporation, a non-profit, business membership organization. The Extension Agent was assigned to serve as a manager for this organization.

The county and MSU then added a second full-time Extension Agent to continue the agriculture and 4H educational programming for Madison and Jefferson Counties. A half-time position was later, added to assist with Economic and Community Development programming in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Courthouse, Jefferson City, MT

As the lead economic development organization in Jefferson County, JLDC works closely with our regional economic development organization, Headwaters RC&D and others to secure assistance for the businesses in our area.

JLDC is governed by a volunteer board of directors selected from throughout the county including a county commissioner. JLDC staffing consists of an Economic and Community Development Extension Agent, serving as loaned faculty for the JLDC from Montana State University Extension (MSU-E) a half-time Economic and Community Development Extension Agent and a full time Administrative support manager.

JLDC has been instrumental in numerous projects that have increased the number and quality of jobs and tax base in Jefferson County, including:
Redevelopment of two abandoned state buildings in Boulder that now house a business employing 35 with an annual budget of $2 million.
Intensive business planning and finance assistance that helped a former one-person transmission rebuilder expand to a booming business serving the northwest region of the country with a staff of 8.

Five new super efficient affordable homes constructed in Boulder with up to 10 new senior homes planned.  Plans are being finalized for sixteen homes for Whitehall’s workforce and 16 condo units for seniors and people with disabilities, all homes are to be owned by occupants.
Facilitated the land trade with the state where the Elkhorn Treatment Center in Boulder now stands.  This innovative meth treatment facility helps women recover from their addiction while meeting their obligation to the state.  The facility brought 35 new jobs to Boulder with an annual budget of $2 million.

JLDC Programs & Projects

What follows are JLDC’s main programs and projects. This list includes projects that meet the current needs in the county, long-term projects as well as activities that address the educational mission of MSU Extension, our staffing partner.

The board sets priorities each year at its annual retreat in April though it is common to adopt new projects based on needs or opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Create & Expand Business

  • General Economic  development support
  • Mine-community relations
  • Sunlight Business Park
  • Boulder South Campus redevelopment
  • Montana Developmental Center repurposing
  • Boulder Development Fund Board oversight
  • I-15 Interchange Development Planning oversight

Sustain JLDC

Sustain JLDC as a Professional Economic Development Organization

Community Development

  • Redevelopment of the Historic Borden’s Hotel in Whitehall
  • Community Foundation support
  • Community Transition Advisory Committee (BTAC) in Boulder
  • Boulder Valley Chamber of Commerce member
  • Whitehall Chamber of Commerce member

JLDC Financial Management

  • Manage the former South Campus of the Montana Developmental Center property
  • Ensure financial sustainability of JLDC