Your regional community foundation in west central Minnesota

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

We invest and help leverage resources in our communities for regional success; and success for us means thriving families, communities and businesses--it's all inter-related!

We work with many partners, using the tools of economic development, community development and promoting philanthropy to help people and communities create a better tomorrow for west central Minnesota.

News and Blog

  • LFDC wowed by innovation of new Alexandria Area High School

    Members of the Labor Force Development Council of west central Minnesota were blown away by the innovation and beauty of Alexandria's brand new high school, which will open this fall. Find out why!

  • What I learned at the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference

    WCI President Nancy Straw shares key takeaways from the White House's Rural Opportunity Investment Conference.

  • Bill Martinson named Enterprise Minnesota's Esteemed Colleague

    WCI was thrilled to hear that Enterprise Minnesota's Business Development Consultant Bill Martinson was given Enterprise Minnesota's Esteemed Colleague Award. Bill has been our esteemed colleague for many years. For many years, Bill and his colleague Rick Kvasager have been instrumental in delivering quality manufacturing training as part of WCI's Workforce 2020 program. "We respect and rely on Bill to help us navigate the rapidly changing manufacturing environment and he comes through time and again," said WCI President Nancy Straw. "Through Bill's leadership and hard work, manufacturers in our nine-county region of west central Minnesota have had access to experts from across the country."

  • Summer 2014 newsletter is now online!

    The summer issue of FOCUS on the Region is now available online!