What We Do
We exist to help our communities, and our Region as a whole, be successful. This is our core mission, and core value. Everything we do is focused on creating that success. Our services and activities are a function of our skills and competencies and those needs communities have as they strive to be successful.
The HRDC has a broad mission so it has the opportunity to work in a broad number of areas. The danger is that the HRDC could find itself trying to be all things to all people, thus diluting its effectiveness, so we focus on those activities that fit our understanding of what it will take for our Region to be successful.
The HRDC is not a traditional agency. It does not have any form of legal implementation authority, as a result much of our budget is not guaranteed from year to year. In fact, the HRDC is more like a hybrid that combines the characteristics of a good business and a good public organization. As a result, the HRDC has developed an organizational culture that values strong customer relationships, leadership and civic entrepreneurship.
While the HRDC receives modest funding from a property tax levy, much of our income comes from contracts with customers and partners. We have a handful of contracts we renew on a year to year basis, but we increasingly fund ourselves through special contracts with local governments for projects, and through income generated from services provided by our subsidiary corporations.