Here for the community: The functions of an EDC

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6 Oct 2022


Economic growth is the core of a community’s vitality. The ability of businesses to operate and flourish offers jobs for residents, increases financial opportunities, and improves the overall quality of life in an area. But starting and running a business is a challenging endeavor. From the established company to the entrepreneur looking to start, occasionally these businesses need assistance to achieve success.

Economic Development usually takes three forms:

  • Business Attraction
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Creation

All three forms seek to create primary jobs that pay more than the average wage, increase the amount of income coming into the community from outside our market area, and create more significant capital investment in our community.  The goal is to attract a diverse group of industries and businesses to help insulate the community from economic shock in case specific sectors should fall on challenges. Economic Development Corporations, or EDCs,  are a resource for entrepreneurs with a dream but looking for the right direction to start. They also assist with workforce development and training options. 

What is the Todd County Development Corporation?

Originally established in 1990, TCDC operates as a non-profit organization assisting communities and businesses with educational, technical, financial, and site selection services.

TCDC hosts the North Central Regional "Small Business Development Center" (SBDC) Outreach Office for Todd County and provides FREE technical services for pre-venture and established businesses.

Todd County Development Corporation helps forge close links between community and business leaders to help bring the economic, workforce, and community development of an area into the future. Here are the primary ways that can be a valuable resource to help businesses improve their operations and make Todd County a wonderful place to work and live.

Business Retention and Expansion 

Todd County Development Corporation supports existing businesses because we recognize they are crucial to our local economy. We offer problem-solving services to help them succeed and grow. This might be as simple as offering advice and technical assistance. We also help companies access public and private financial assistance to enable renovations, equipment upgrades, or infrastructure improvements. Finally, we recognize the workforce is a business's lifeblood, so we can connect you with training opportunities to help your employees grow with you. 

Support for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Todd County Development Corporation is also a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners, providing advice, guidance, and resources for those starting new businesses. We offer integral services for early-stage businesses, such as business planning, site selection, and locating financing. From learning to manage the uncertainty of cash flow, to making the community connections necessary to get up and running, they have the knowledge to help those getting into the local economic community.

Assistance with workforce development

Finding skilled workers is one of the primary challenges for businesses today. Continued development of that workforce is critical as well.  Todd County  Development Corporation works with local partners to help find and maintain a robust local force. We work with local educational institutions to develop the specialized training required for your company. The result is a robust, resilient talent pool for businesses throughout Todd County.

Marketing and promotion

Economic development organizations are at the forefront of marketing the community to attract prospective investors and residents.  Todd County Development Corporation promotes our community’s assets and business advantages in order to create awareness and opportunities. In addition, we have access to a network of community leaders and experienced business owners to facilitate the strategic planning of local stakeholders to develop long-range community plans.

Superior quality of life

The targeted result of EDO activities is the dedication to improving a community’s quality of life. Economic development goes hand-in-hand with community development projects such as adequate housing, and parks and recreation. These projects are part of the continuous circle of improvement for residents and businesses ensuring continued growth in Todd County.

We are here for the Todd community

Todd County Development Corporation, operating as an EDC, can help businesses make the connections to address current stress points standing in the way of their recent success. Please contact us today to access our wealth of information and resources to help your business grow. 

Please contact  Todd County Development Corporation for further assistance with your business needs. As we seek community and citizen input and involvement, your ideas for our growth and future remain a prime resource. Follow us on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter!