Hey! This is Kaylee - your behind-the-screen friend! We just announced some pretty exciting news about our pretty exciting new 501(c)3 status. If you're looking for the inside scoop on who we are and what we do, you're in the right place! Here's a rundown of what Naturally Lewis is:
Naturally Lewis! Naturally Lewis, Inc. is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization that acts as an umbrella entity for the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency (LCIDA), Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC), and the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce (LCCOC). These organizations, with a storied history of contributing to Lewis County's economic prosperity, have chosen to partner their services and resources under this single, unified banner. Naturally Lewis is governed by a newly formed board of directors comprising 15 dedicated individuals, each of whom brings their expertise to the table.
That might've been a lot, so here's a simple version! Meet Brittany Davis, Cheyenne Steria, Jenna Lauraine, Kristen Aucter, and Kaylee Tabolt; we work to grow Lewis County into a place where we are all happy!
WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN?
Well, friends, let me tell you! Naturally Lewis is the one-stop-shop for economic and business development in Lewis County. If you are starting or growing a business, rehabilitating a vacant space, looking for financing solutions for a development project, seeking a membership network, looking for creative funding solutions, and more, Naturally Lewis is here to support you.
OKAY, SO YOU DO WHAT?
We do economic development! Take a moment to think about what that means to you... I’m guessing that you’re somewhere between “thriving economy” and “jobs.” Those are actually the outcomes of economic development, not the behind-the-scenes work. Economic Development is the process of creating a thriving community. This process includes planning, organizing, acting to support job stability & creation, tax base stability and growth, and diversification of the economy. In other words, economic development helps to make thriving communities. And that’s where we come in! We work alongside partners in the county to create a local thriving economy. That’s right! We are not Lewis County, a marketing firm, or a local foods store. We are an independent organization that, with the assistance of partnerships, creates a community that you want to live in.
OHHH, GOT IT!
Yay! I hope that cleared some things up and gave you some more insight as to who we are and what Naturally Lewis is. If you want a quick recap, here are some key points:
- Naturally Lewis, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
- Naturally Lewis, Inc. has a lot of tools in its toolbox
- All of those tools are used to find creative ways to grow our community
Here at Naturally Lewis, we know that our best partners are the ones living in our community. We want to collaborate with you to ensure Lewis County growth benefits generations to come. If you are interested in learning more about what we do and who we are please visit naturallylewis.com, or call our office at 315-376-3014.