Panhandle Area Council's location in the City of Hayden is centrally positioned within the five northern counties of Idaho. PAC began as a Council of Governments in 1972. In the early stages of the organization, PAC worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under their 701 Comprehensive Planning programs. PAC also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a study for water quality issues within the region. As a designated Economic Development District, PAC prepares the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) on an annual basis, which provides information about the region's cities and counties, local economic development groups, and business organizations. The CEDS also prioritizes the elements for future projects.
Panhandle Area Council (PAC) is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1972 in the State of Idaho. It is structured to promote and assist economic development and foster a stable and diversified economy within the five northern counties of Idaho. PAC is recognized in different capacities by various state and federal agencies. Some of the designations are listed below:
- Economic Development District, designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).
- Substate Planning Organization, recognized by the State of Idaho.
- Certified Development Corporation, certified by the Small Business Administration.
- Service Delivery Corporation, designated by the U.S. and State Department of Labor.
- Associate Office, designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce for international business resources.
- Flood Economic Recovery Agency, designated by the Economic Development Administration for the region in 1996 and 1997.
- Private Sector, PAC houses a business incubator center designed to assist start-up companies.