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About Us

Arlee is located in the scenic Jocko Valley at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains in western Montana. The Arlee CDC was formed in 2002 as a vehicle for people who love the Jocko Valley to have a say in the development of the community. We provide a voice for the residents of the Jocko Valley and support projects to increase youth, family and community vitality.

 

As a member driven organization, our projects and programs are developed in response to community input and supported by volunteer efforts. Examples are building bike and walking trails, youth arts programs, youth camps and sports programs, leadership programs, developing the arts and an artist cooperative, a food pantry, and food sovereignty programs. We also provide business services and economic development opportunities through partnerships with regional and tribal economic development organizations.

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Mission Statement

The Arlee CDC will assist and foster the planning and development of projects deemed to be beneficial socially, physically, economically, and culturally to the public interest of the Arlee-Jocko Valley community.

Guiding Principles

Our projects will include strategies that:

  • are sustainable;

  • are cooperative;

  • are culturally appropriate and recognize our place as the southern entrance to the Flathead Indian Reservation;

  • provide both economic and social benefit;

  • recognize our need to protect the special and beautiful environment in which live;

  • employ local residents and provide training opportunities for adults and youth;

  • increase the economic viability of our existing businesses and organizations;

  • ensure that money paid into our local economy stays in our local economy as long as possible before it is paid out.

Aerial shot of Arlee, Montana
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