Lewis & Clark Development Group is fortunate to benefit from the expertise of so many state and community leaders who serve on our three boards of directors. Their service and support allows LCD Group’s three entities – Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC), Lewis & Clark Certified Development Company (CDC), and CommunityWorks North Dakota (CWND) – to fulfill |our mission and positively impact businesses, communities, families, and individuals throughout North Dakota.
This month, we visited with CWND President Mike Remboldt.
Remboldt is the CEO of HIT, Inc. HIT was formed in 1979 by a group of concerned parents of children with intellectual disabilities in the Bismarck-Mandan area. At the time it was common to institutionalize the intellectually disabled. The parents advocated for services that would provide services for their children within the community and near their families. Forty-one years later, HIT provides services to more than 700 unique individuals and their families throughout southwestern North Dakota.
Originally from Gackle, North Dakota, Remboldt came to Bismarck in 1983 to attend the University of Mary, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He previously worked as accountant for the North Dakota Department of Human Services and in the nonprofit sector before joining HIT 28 years ago first as CFO and, for the last 21 years, as the organization’s CEO.
Remboldt is one of North Dakota’s leading disability rights advocates. He has served as an officer of the North Dakota Association of Community Providers and is also active in the Bismarck-Mandan community and in his church, Faith Lutheran.
As the weather warms and spring gives way to summer, if you don’t find Remboldt at work, chances are pretty good you may see him on the highway. He loves cross-country road trips on his Harley Davidson. And, come fall, Remboldt will be chasing pheasants behind his English Setters.
What do you most enjoy about serving on the CommunityWorks North Dakota Board of Directors?
I joined the board of directors in December 2013. Four years ago, I was elected president. What I enjoy the most are new housing projects that need additional funding and engaging with LCD Group staff and other board members in providing assistance to move projects along. Without CommunityWorks North Dakota, many of these projects would not happen.
What impact has CommunityWorks had on North Dakota?
When people ask me about what CommunityWorks North Dakota does, I tell them our role is to assist financial institutions and businesses looking at creating housing options for targeted populations across North Dakota. We all know of the affordable housing needs in our state. What I also appreciate about CommunityWorks is how we are also providing programs for single family housing and to help frontline emergency personnel purchase homes.
How do you see HIT’s work tying in with CommunityWorks North Dakota?
HIT provides services for people with intellectual disabilities, individuals with acquired brain injuries, children with developmental delays, and services to low-income families through the Head Start program. Our service delivery area is southwestern North Dakota. Almost all of the people in our services, with the exception of children receiving early intervention services, are low-income. Housing is a challenge for many of them. CommunityWorks North Dakota’s mission is to improve access to affordable housing. This mission and HIT’s work are complementary in many ways.