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Framing Our Community (FOC), a 501 [c] 3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 by community leaders that foresaw the economic and demographic changes that faced Elk City and the surrounding area.  These leaders believed success lay within the framework of proactive rather than reactive programs and that by providing demonstration projects and economic opportunities the community would survive the hard times ahead. 

Framing Our Community’s Board Members come from widely diverse backgrounds and possess the strength, education and experience to address the economic and social problems we face.  Board Members range in education and experience from Masters degrees in engineering and education, degrees in accounting and certifications in electric power, to wilderness rangers and veterans.

Our town, Elk City, was founded during the gold rush days of the 1860’s and has been a natural resource based economy through gold rush and timber days until the turn of the 21st century.  Since then timber sales have dipped to a zero cut, the Bennett Forest Industry Elk City Mill has closed and the Forest Service has decreased to 30% of its former presence.  Mining had ceased until Gold prices sky-rocketed and mining is returning.