Mr. Jordan Blough has worked as a professional consultant for the past five years, with a focus on economic development for the past three. Mr. Blough’s role focuses on connecting LACO’s clients with relevant and accessible funding opportunities to help bring their projects from concept to reality. This includes assessing funding opportunities for fit and likelihood of success, supporting clients as they scope out projects which meet the community’s needs and are compliant with funding source requirements, and developing comprehensive and compelling funding applications. Mr. Blough joined LACO in 2014 with Bachelor’s Degrees in both English and Sociology from the University of California, Davis, and previously worked at a specialty grant writing firm in Paradise, California, which focused primarily on securing federal and private foundation funding for nonprofits and community health centers. Mr. Blough has led or supported successful grant applications funded through agencies such as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, amongst others. Mr. Blough’s social science background, along with his communication skills and experience as a professional consultant, allow him to help clients assess their community to identify projects which meet the area’s unique needs, are feasible to develop and implement, and justified with clear and compelling narratives and supporting materials. Mr. Blough was born and raised in Willits, California, and takes immense pride in supporting local communities throughout the North Coast.