Economic Development 101

A Guide Book
For over twenty years, a focused effort in North Dakota systematically built a network, created a process and developed tools to assist the economic developers in their work. Along with the success of these efforts, is the realization that this knowledge must be shared with others and with the next generation of developers in the state.

Developer Station was designed to capture and promote the hard work that people all over the state have done to support economic and community development. It is an internet space where we hope people will gather and learn from each other what works and what is challenging.

What we have all learned is that economic development is not a “one size fits all” concept. What works in one community may not even be possible in another, but what we have found is that all communities achieve the greatest success when they understand the process of economic development as well as the best programs and tools for their communities.

The Economic Developer Handbook: ED 101 was written by experienced economic developers in North Dakota for building and strengthening local coalitions of board members, elected officials and volunteers in their development efforts. It is an example developed by Cavalier County JDA and can serve as a model for beginning your efforts.
Wishing you success in all your community ventures,
Carol Goodman
Executive Director
Cavalier County Job Development Authority

Each chapter is an individual PDF file that can be opened and read on your computer or mobile device.  It can also be downloaded and used to create a manual for your own office. Chapter titles link to the download file.

  • Organizational Structure
  • By-Laws
  • Tax Exempt Status
  • Mission Statements
  • New Hire Checklist
  • Public Employees-NDPERS
  • Tax ID (EIN)
  • DUNS number
  • Board Duties
  • Board Relationships
  • Administrative Procedure
  • Board Meeting Checklist
  • Board Meeting Packets
  • Board Meeting Financials
  • Board Committees
  • Board Job Descriptions
  • Quorum Requirements
  • Executive Director
  • Technical Assistant/Grant Writer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Welcome Letter
  • Employee Acknowledgement Form
  • Personnel Policies
  • Cash/Investments
  • Accounts/Other Receivables
  • Capital/Assets
  • Accounts Payable
  • Debt Files
  • Expenditures/Payroll
  • Financial Statements/General Ledger
  • Federal Programs/Grants
  • Policy Manual Requirements
  • Planning Guides
  • Planning Examples
  • Infrastructure Assessment Model
  • Research Grant Sites
  • Grant Ready
  • Writing Grants
  • Grants Management
  • Beginning the Loan Process
  • Use of Funds Policy
  • Primary Sector Definition
  • County Loan Pool Agreement
  • Local Revolving Loan Fund
  • Loan Project Checklist
  • Summaries of Projects
  • Photos of Projects
  • Description
  • Example
  • Guidelines
  • Tax Incentives
  • Your Community
  • Conference Attendance
  • Conference Calls
  • Testifying at State Legislature
  • Letters of Support
  • Annual Budget
  • Annual Report
  • Calculation of Interest Paid
  • ND Quarterly Sales Tax
  • Job Service Reports
  • Legal Descriptions
  • Hold Harmless Agreement
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • ND Open Records Law
  • Training Formats & Examples
  • Training Resources