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About Us

With a passion for positive change, VCBCDC strives to build a community where businesses, residents and visitors flourish.

Jennifer recruits new businesses and aids in the expansion of existing businesses by providing invaluable information about financial resources and programs. Jennifer also works to address challenges across Barnes County and drives positive change.

Kara serves as the point of contact for new residents and assists job seekers with finding gainful employment. Kara also aids employers with their recruitment by providing community tours, job postings, and helping with job descriptions.

Meet our Team

Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation Director of Development

Jennifer Feist

Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation Resource Development Specialist

Trinity Nelson

Resource Development Specialist

(701) 490.9012

Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation Retention & Recruiting Coordinator

Kara Anderson

Retention & Recruiting Coordinator

(701) 490.9013

Trinity focuses on finding and writing grants to support local organizations that drive quality of life. Trinity also aids in data and resource gathering for local businesses and organizations.

Our Vision

The Valley City - Barnes County Development Corporation strives to elevate standard of living and enhance the quality of life for all through business growth and career and educational opportunities to attract and retain talent.

Our Board


Ludvigson & Braun

Matt Pedersen
David Beierle

President - Elect

John Deere Seeding Group

Mary Lee Nielson

Past President

Sheyenne Valley Scenic Byway


Nate Zerface

Dacotah Bank

Luke Trapp

Summit Properties

Dick Gulmon

City Commissioner

Pete Paulson

County Commissioner

George Gaukler

Valley Realty & Rental

Bill Carlblom

County Commissioner

Mike Bishop

City Commissioner

Josh Kasowski

Bank Forward

Paul Diegel

Six D Construction

Katie Beyer

City County Health District

Dean Kinney

RKS Sales & Service

Wade Bruns


Ex Officios

Gwen Crawford

City of Valley City

Bruce Hoyt

Valley Realty

Chad Pederson


Alan LaFave

Valley City State University

Derrick Bopp

SVA Career & Technology Center

Josh Johnson

Valley City Public Schools

Let’s Work Together

Rosebud Visitor Center

250 West Main Street

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