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Community Development

Community development is at the heart of everything we do at the Arlee CDC. All of our projects, programs and partnerships are based on how we can make Arlee and the Jocko Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family. Do you have an idea for a community project? Contact us. We'd love to hear from you. 

Jocko Valley Bike and Walking Trails

Jocko Valley Trails

We’ve been working on developing bike and pedestrian trails in the Jocko Valley since 2006. We worked with partners throughout the region, including the National Parks, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, the Lake County Commission, Kicking Horse Job Corps, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Future plans are to add signage and historic markers, improve access to fishing areas, add benches and picnic tables, and create community walking, running and biking groups.

Jocko Valley

Farmers Market

Starting in 2010, we developed a plan for the Jocko Valley Farmers Market to provide access to fresh, locally grown foods, value-added agricultural products, and arts and crafts by local artisans. The market also serves as a community gathering space with live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. 

Jocko Valley Farmers Market
Youth programs

Education, Youth and Schools Priorities:

  • Professional development for teachers

  • Early childhood development education for caregivers

  • More arts programming for children and adults

  • STEAM, coding and digital citizenship education

  • Adult literacy programs

Community Engagement Priorities:

  • Strong, diverse farmers market

  • Newsletters, calendar and community bulletin board

  • Social media training

  • Summer music festival

  • Senior center with daycare program

Community engagement programs
Infrastructure priorities

Infrastructure, Housing and Law Enforcement Priorities:

  • Affordable rental housing

  • Recycling center

  • More pedestrian paths and foot trails

  • Community water filtration system

  • Drug abuse prevention education

  • Neighborhood watch program

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