Commercial Lending Manager – Stockman Bank
Under the leadership of Don Kettner, in 2002 the Council contracted with the Montana Economic Development Association (MEDA) to complete a community assessment, which helped identify the economic goals and needs of the area. Upon completion of the assessment in 2003, the MEDA Resource Team conducted a town hall meeting, with over 500 residents taking part. The MEDA Assessment gave direction to the group. The following year a strategic plan for development was created and the search for a director was underway. The DCEDC formed a new corporation, filed for non-profit status, and opened its first office at 204 N. Kendrick in Glendive in 2005, with former bank president and county commissioner Gene Buxcel serving as the DCEDC’s first Executive Director.
In late 2008 DCEDC welcomed Amy Deines as its new Executive Director. During her tenure, DCEDC led the way in establishing the Glendive Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), creating a local grant program supported by a $1 per night bed tax on local hotel rooms, and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Glendive Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). DCEDC administered both the TBID and CVB programs under its umbrella from their formation until summer 2017, when management of both entities was transferred to the Glendive Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2015, Cathy Kirkpatrick became the new DCEDC Executive Director with a focus on supporting current businesses and assisting new businesses. On September 1, 2015, DCEDC relocated its office to Dawson Community College in order to build a stronger partnership with the college.
In January 2018, DCEDC welcomed Jason Stuart as its fourth Executive Director since its founding.