Panhandle Area Council (PAC) is a designated Economic Development District. Members of the Council are elected officials from North Idaho cities and counties, as well as the Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai Indian Tribes. The Council serves the five northern counties of Idaho: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone. PAC is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1972 and is also recognized as:
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.