- Lake of the Woods
Why We Exist
commissions were authorized through the Regional Development
Act of 1969. The Minnesota Legislature found that problems
of growth and development transcended boundary lines of
local government and that common solutions to local problems
could be found by the pooling of resources through intergovernmental
cooperation. The HRDC was formed in 1971 by local units
of government in this spirit.
The HRDC exists to help improve
the lives of the citizens of the Headwaters Region. It
accomplishes this by working with its customers in a variety
of areas to help address the most critical issues of the
How We Think of Ourselves
The HRDC is not a traditional
agency. We do not have any form of legal implementation
authority (other than our nonprofit subsidiary corporations),
and much of our budget is not guaranteed from year to year.
As a result, the Commission has developed an organizational
culture that emphasizes customers, partners and results.
are King. Our customers -- their needs, problems, and
aspirations -- are very important to us. We are successful
to the extent that we can help our primary customers
address their most significant problems on a year to
year basis. Our customers include cities, counties, townships,
state agencies, businesses, and others.
- Partners are
Critical. Because of our broad mission and limited resources,
partners that can help us deliver services are very important.
The HRDC works hard to develop close and long-term relationships
- Results. Our primary customers continue
to come back to us if we can help them achieve positive
results addressing their priority issues. We know that
our long-term success is determined by the level of success
we have helping customers achieve their desired results.
How We Are Funded
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.