The SEMDC Staff
Jim Atchison – Executive Director
Julie E. Korkow – Grant Administrator/Planner
Tracy Baker – Loan Officer/Executive Director MCAEDC
Pam Hill – Secretary/Receptionist
We are a group of concerned counties and communities in Southeastern Montana who came together to provide local financial support for economic development. The group formed the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC)and has been providing services since July 1997. This joint participation of counties and communities allows for synergy and prevents duplication of efforts, while providing a vehicle agency located locally to receive funding and administer services for economic development.
Current supporting members of the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, contributing $1 per capita annually are Custer, Powder River, Rosebud, and Treasure Counties; the cities of Colstrip, Forsyth, and Miles City; and the towns of Broadus and Hysham.
Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) has had a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 status from the IRS since it merged with the Treasure Foundation in 1998. Copies of the SEMDC Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and Revolving Loan Fund Policy/Procedures, can be supplied upon request.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) includes a representative from each government (four Counties and five Cities/Towns), appointed by that government entity. They meet at least quarterly or as needed and have the final vote or authority directing the staff and projects. Two members represent two unincorporated communities (Ashland and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation), appointed by the county. One member represents Treasure Development, one member represents the Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC), one member representing Chief Dull Knife College, and the Board of Directors appoints two at-large members for a total of sixteen Directors.
The Board of Directors is comprised of nine (9) elected officials (63%), plus one elected official representing and appointed by the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe and five private citizens (37%). Currently, twelve (12) men (80%) and three (3) women (20%) are serving on the Board. Minority representation is currently two (2) Directors (14%) which is consistent with District percentages. Each Director is assigned one or two areas of interest to represent the district.
Representing the City of Colstrip Elected John Williams, City Council President Representing Miles City Area Econ. Dev. Council Jack Regan Vice President Member At-Large Cathy Frank Secretary / Treasurer Representing Powder River County, Elected Open Representing the Town of Broadus, Elected Raymond Ragsdale, Town Council Representing the City of Forsyth, Elected Dennis Kopitzke, Mayor Representing Rosebud County, Elected Doug Martens, County Commissioner Representing the Town of Hysham, Elected Sharon DeCock, City Council Representing the Community of Ashland Alan See Member At-Large Open Representing Treasure County, Elected Marlo Moehr, County Commissioner Representing Custer County, Elected Keith Holmlund, County Commissioner Representing the City of Miles City, Elected Rick Huber, City Council Representing Treasure Dev Foundation Ruth Baker Representing Northern Cheyenne Tribe Steve Small (Appointed by the Tribal President) Representing Miles Community College Stacy Klippenstein
Board of Directors: 2013 Roster