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Headwaters Regional Development Commission

Active dates:1971-

The Headwaters RDC acts in an advisory role only, reviewing plans and grant applications and coordinating planning activities. The commission deals with economic, social, physical, and governmental problems throughout the region.


Regional Development 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 Headwaters RDC, also known as Region 2, consists of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.

The Headwaters RDC has been involved in issues such as transportation, housing, aging, human services, economic development, and water resources.


The Commission consists of at least eighteen members who represent county and municipal governments and school boards. Approximately six other members represent Indian reservations and public interest groups. The number of members may vary because of the conditions of membership.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1971-1972.
Record last updated: 03/28/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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