We are LADG
Lake Agassiz Development Group (LADG) is a non-profit economic development organization that has been supporting ambitious, hard-working North Dakotans for nearly 50 years. We empower local entrepreneurs with access to government grants and small business loans. LADG also provides a variety of community development and planning services to help townships, cities and counties throughout North Dakota thrive.
LADG is composed of four organizations with a single goal: to build stronger communities by sparking economic development across North Dakota.
Originally an outgrowth of the USDA Resource Conservation and Development Program, LARC began as a regional economic development resource for Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill Counties. In 1974, the U.S Department of Commerce designated these six counties as an Economic Development District, enabling access to federal funding for planning and public works projects. The district also manages the HUD Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program.
Thomas E. Jefferson, Chairman (Minority Representative)
Duayne Baldwin, Vice Chairman (Sargent County Soil Conservation District)
Terry Hoffman, Cass County Soil Conservation District
Shelley Luebke, City of Mantador
Carol Siegert, City of Hunter
Jeff Dick, Ransom County Soil Conservation District
Michael Haverland, Richland County Soil Conservation District
Jason Arth, Sargent County
Brian Tuite, City of Finley
Bill Bohnsack, City of Mayville
Neil Olerud, Ransom County
Kurt Elliot, Traill County
Duane Breitling, Cass County
Kevin Bunn, City of Enderlin
Nathan Berseth, Richland County
Carey Fry, Job Service North Dakota
Mark Osland, Traill County Soil Conservation District
James Law, Steele County Soil Conservation District
Perry Brown, Steele County
The Lake Agassiz Regional Council (LARC) formed the Lake Agassiz Regional Development Corporation (LARDC) in 1987. The new entity soon opened the Regional Small Business Center in downtown Fargo to provide office space and financial resources to help entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running. LARDC further expanded its resources for new and growing businesses by adding lending to its list of services, including the SBA Microloan Program, the USDA Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program and the USDA Intermediary Relending Program.
In 1998, LARDC formed the Lake Agassiz Housing Corporation (LAHC) as a wholly owned subsidiary. In cooperation with local investors, LARDC developed senior housing in Wahpeton, Lisbon, Hope, and Page. These facilities provide seniors an opportunity to find comfortable housing and remain in their communities. They also provide an opportunity for young working families to purchase affordable single-family homes from the seniors who are moving into the facilities.
Rick Mairs, President, Ransom County
Lisa Rotvold, Treasurer, Traill County
Robert Wurl, Secretary, Richland County
Larry Jacobsen, Vice President, Steele County
LACDC was created in 2004 to manage the SBA 504 Program. This program offers long-term, fixed-rate financing in conjunction with a lead lender for owner occupied real estate or equipment purchases. A 9-member board of area business, banking, government and community leaders oversees the SBA 504 Loan Program.
Mike Bannach, President, Fargo
Dan Delahoyde, Secretary, Cogswell
Leroy Adams, Treasurer, West Fargo
Michael Gust, Fargo
Rick Steckler, Wahpeton
Scott Schultz, Grand Forks
Justin Neppl, Wahpeton
Kelsey Smith, Fargo
Jake Klobuchar, Fargo