Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. was formed in 1973. Teamwork has been the driving force behind the success of Headwaters RC&D/EDD. Success in any regional effort requires the participation and involvement of its citizens. Headwaters, a grass roots organization, initiated and sponsored by local government, expands economic and social opportunities through wise use and development of both human and natural resources.

In 1993, the Headwaters area was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency. Headwaters plays a significant role in resource conservation and economic development in Southwest Montana. Since its inception, sponsors have sought solutions to local problems.

Headwaters Economic Development Committee maintains a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and assists with the development of small business, tourism, employment, and other economic and social opportunities; it also assists communities in planning public works projects and coordinating public and private investments.

The membership of the Headwaters RC&D/EDD is comprised of representatives from nine conservation districts, seven counties, fourteen municipalities and at-large members. At-large members represent local development corporations, small businesses, minorities, tourism, labor, industry, lending institutions, farming and ranching, and any other interested groups or individuals.


In order to meet the needs of the people and achieve the objectives and goals of the Area Plan/Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a community or group approach in solving cultural, social, and economic problems is encouraged.


Headwaters RC&D members represent local city and county governments, conservation districts, and other interested parties. The organization consists of an overall Board of Directors and five resource committees.

Please click on the following link to read the 2018 CEDS Report:

2021 Addendum to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy - COVID-19 Regional Rebound and Recovery


2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

2015 CEDS Update


Join us for a series of upcoming community meetings to update the CEDS for 2023.

Kick-Off Meetings

November 7, 2022 (virtual) for the following counties: Jefferson, Madison, Beaverhead (Register HERE)

November 9, 2022 (virtual) for the following counties: Butte-Silver Bow, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell, Granite Counties (Register HERE)

What these kick-off meetings are about:

The CEDS is a document that we update every 5 years for the Economic Development Administration. By identifying projects in your community that need monetary support, we can request future funding from the EDA by showing the need through this document.


Who Should Attend:

Community leaders, business owners, and citizens interested in your community's economic development.