Stories & Successes

Humboldt Made

Humboldt Made is a business development and marketing cooperative that partners with retailers and restaurateurs, community organizations, media makers, institutions, special events and business service providers to build the economy of Humboldt County. Humboldt Made's organizational goals include; build the recognition of the Redwood Coast as the center for rural sophistication in California and as a regional destination for outdoor enthusiasts; and establish Humboldt County as the good food capital of California and as a center for artistic, creative, decorative, functional arts and craft products. Humboldt Made's objectives are to create an association of businesses that benefit from selling their products as “Humboldt Made”; encourage community support and promotion of Humboldt Made businesses and products; and create a direct channel for Humboldt Made businesses to receive economic, community and business development services and expertise that give Humboldt County products a competitive advantage.

Open Door Community Health Centers

Open Door Community Health Centers constructed their new Eureka Community Health and Wellness Center at Tydd Street with help from collaboration in the economic development community. The new 27,400 square foot facility took less than 30 months to complete and provides primary medical and behavioral health care; more than doubles the capacity of the former clinic site; almost triples the space of the former Buhne Street site; will serve more than 12,000 individuals annually; will provide over 50,000 visits annually; and requires about 50 new staff members, including physicians, registered nurses and clerical staff, to handle the new expanded capacity Integrating a strong design and state-of-the-art diagnostic, telehealth and electronic health record systems with innovative team care, the new health center will ultimately improve health outcomes by facilitating best medical practices, patient education and efficient clinic operations.

Carson Block

The Carson Block is a three story historical commercial facility comprised of approximately 51,544 square feet. The building was originally constructed for lumber baron William Carson and was the first of its kind in Eureka to include a large retail space. It also included professional offices and the 837 seat Ingomar Theatre. Today with support from a $1.1 million grant from the California Cultural & Historical Endowment and Redevelopment Funds from the City of Eureka, the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) was looking forward to their long awaited restoration of the Carson Block Building. When Redevelopment funds were cut by the state, the NCIDC Endowment grant was in jeopardy and NCIDC asked Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) to help. AEDC used funds from a Community Development Financial Institution Financial Assistance Grant and contributions from additional funding partners to secure $1.5 million to support the project. This initial funding was used to refinance the building, complete roof repairs and do some façade work. This progress also helped strengthen the City of Eureka’s application for a $5.3 million Community Development Block Grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which was secured to address the next phase of the restoration. The rehabilitation of the Carson Block Building continues to move forward thanks to collaborative efforts by organizations to leverage local fund—these partnerships will help to eventually complete a project costing over $8 million.

The Decade of Difference

The Decade of Difference is a ten-year community initiative launched in 2010 that is designed to prepare Humboldt County youth to be contributing and productive members in our society, community and economy. Decade of Difference was launched after the Headwaters Fund Board learned that the most significant issue facing North Coast business leaders was an inability to find a ready, willing and capable workforce. The Fund Board approved the investment of $1.5 million and issued a call to the community to become involved and help reverse this trend. This is being done through strategic efforts focused on kindergarten readiness; early literacy in reading and math; financial literacy; college and career planning; creative and innovative entrepreneurship activities; teacher training and professional development; and parent, business and community engagement. Lemonade Day is a Decade of Difference and Arcata Economic Development Coporation (AEDC) funded project.

Town of Samoa Lead Clean up Project

In 2006 the County of Humboldt received funding from the US EPA to establish the Humboldt County Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.Brownfields are properties where real or perceived environmental contamination complicates reuse, expansion or redevelopment. The fund provides preferential rate and term loans to qualified borrowers to address contamination issues. The fund has supported the Wiyot Tribe’s cleanup efforts on Indian Island in Eureka and at the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council’s Panamnik Building in Orleans. In 2014 the fund loaned the Samoa Pacific Group $950,000 to address lead contamination on and around buildings in the Town of Samoa. Addressing lead contamination in the town is an important step towards protecting the health of the town’s residents and will contribute to the revitalization of the town. Additional loan funds for cleanups  are available. For more information contact Andrew Whitney at or 707-476-4809.