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Organization and Staff


The SEMDC Staff

Jim Atchison – Executive Director

Julie E. Korkow – Grant Administrator/Planner

Elizabeth Patten – Loan Administrator/Executive Director MCAEDC

Pam Hill – Secretary/Receptionist

Our Organization

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.

Non-Profit Status

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.

Board of Directors: 2019 Roster

Representing the City of Colstrip, Elected

John Williams, Mayor


Representing Miles City Area Econ. Dev. Council

Jack Regan

Vice President

Member At-Large

Amy Pontius

Secretary / Treasurer


Representing Powder River County,  Elected

Donna Giacometto, County Commissioner


Representing the Town of Broadus, Elected Appointee

Raymond Ragsdale

Representing the City of Forsyth, Elected

Dennis Kopitzke, Mayor


Representing Rosebud County, Elected

Doug Martens, County Commissioner


Representing the Town of Hysham, Elected

Larry Fink, Mayor


Representing the Community of Ashland

Alan See


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 Development Foundation

Ruth Baker


Representing Chief Dull Knife College, Appointed

Steve Small

(Appointed by the Tribal President)

Member at-Large

Miles Community College

Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, President


Representing Major Industry, Western Energy

Jack Standa, General Manager

Representing Northern Cheyenne Tribe


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