Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic's Economic Impact

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The act provided the U.S. Economic Development Administration with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the pandemic.

Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC) was awarded $400,000 through the federal CARES ACT to help coordinate a response to the pandemic’s economic effects within Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties.

The award allows Lewis & Clark RDC is provide businesses, lenders, city, economic development groups, county, and tribal leaders within the region with a range of services, which include:

  • Development and implementation of an economic recovery and resilience programs with the goal of rebuilding resilient and sustainable communities throughout the organization’s region
  • Providing assistance in coronavirus recovery planning efforts among the most highly impacted communities
  • Identifying economic development grant-eligible projects with state and federal resources for locally impacted communities to ensure these entities take full advantage of available funding opportunities
  • Identifying and cultivating private and nonprofit partnership opportunities
  • Serving as a liaison between local, state, and federal partners in order to speed the recovery process
  • Facilitating the implementation of locally generated disaster recovery economic development projects

Serving South Central North Dakota Since 1969


Lewis & Clark RDC is the federally designated Economic Development District (EDD) for Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. Among the range of services provided to these counties are:

  • Administration of regional lending and grant programs
  • Economic and community development consulting and assistance
  • Access to federal, state, and local funding to enhance employment and business opportunities, maintain and improve infrastructure and public facilities, and perform strategic planning

LCD Group’s EDA CARES Director:

Paulette Paulson

  • EDA CARES Director, Lewis & Clark Development Group (2020 – Present)
  • Housing and Property Management Group Director, Lutheran Social Services (2012 – 2020)
  • Area Specialist and Loan Specialist, USDA Rural Development (1998 – 2012)
  • 22 years of experience in community development in both the government and nonprofit sectors
  • Certified to package 502 USDA Rural Development Loans in North Dakota


Contact Paulette

701) 667-7606

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