If you can’t trust your employees to work flexibly, why hire them in the first place?  Adam Henderson, Pulse | LinkedIn

When I conducted some research with Millennials I found that flexible working was vital for any modern employee, with 91% saying flexible working was

Source: If you can’t trust your employees to work flexibly, why hire them in the first place? | Adam Henderson | Pulse | LinkedIn

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The Home Depot | The Home Depot Foundation – Community Impact Grants

Southern Idaho Rural Development is pleased to pass on another interesting grant opportunity, read on then click the link at the bottom for full grant application rules:

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Our primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of existing homes, centers, schools and other similar facilities.

Through The Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grant Program, we assist nonprofit organizations with funding for community projects.

Source: The Home Depot | The Home Depot Foundation – Community Impact Grants

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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Shade Structure Program | American Academy of Dermatology

The AAD shade structure program awards grants of $8,000 to non-profit organizations that serve children and teens to assist them in erecting permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Source: Shade structure program | American Academy of Dermatology

Grant deadline is Nov 17, 2017.  Think about your youth groups, (Campfire, Scouts etc) church groups, etc.

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Infographic: Where in the West are young people moving — High Country News

Where are young people actually choosing to live, and what’s drawing them there? Here’s a look at a few rural communities of all sizes.

— from tiny Camas County, Idaho, to booming Franklin County, Washington — that are attracting young people in surprising ways.

Some counties in the region buck the aging trend.

Here’s another segment of this article which includes some detail about our northern county – Camas County, and an interview with Julia Oxarango-Ingram, Director of Southern Idaho Rural Development.

Camas County, Idaho

By the numbers: Population, 1990: 734; 2000: 984; 2010: 1,111

What’s interesting here: This small community has grown steadily since 1990. While 20-somethings and elderly people alike have generally moved out, the county has continually attracted young families and 30-somethings.

They say: Attracting kids and 30-somethings is not the typical trajectory for a ski economy like Camas’. Still, since 1990, people in their 30s and their young children have slowly but steadily migrated to Camas County, where Bruce Willis once owned the local ski resort and where locals say land is more affordable than nearby Sun Valley. “We do tend to lose our young people, mainly because there aren’t a lot of job opportunities,” said Julia Oxarango-Ingram, director at Southern Idaho Rural Development. A handful of local food enterprises have launched recently in the region, including artisan creameries producing goat and sheep milk cheese products, as well as a brewery in the county’s biggest town, Fairfield. Oxarango-Ingram wants to encourage more foodie growth, so she’s talking with farmers, universities and economic development officials in the agriculture-heavy Basque region in Spain and France to explore the idea of a student exchange program or business development exchange. “They’ve got a lot of established technique and cutting-edge technology because they’ve been doing local agriculture for a very long time,” she said.

Source: Infographic: Where in the West are young people moving — High Country News

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Gooding, Blaine, Camas, Lincoln Counties Labor/Jobs Pipeline Forum Oct 26, 2017 – Shoshone Community Center


A Special Invitation for Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln County High School Officials & Local Industry Representatives

Invite You to Attend:


At the Intersection of Industry and Education

Creating Career Opportunity Awareness for Students 

Cultivating Our Future Talent Pipeline


Thursday October 26, 2017
10AM – Noon
Lincoln County Community Center

201 South Beverly St.
Shoshone ID  83352



 Other partners in industry and education include:

Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL)
Idaho Department of Commerce (IDOC)
CSI, UofI, ISU, INLlocal schools

These linkages will create more opportunity for students and cultivate our local

talent pipeline for local industry.  Please be part of this workshop, with the

intention to help us move these initiatives forward!

There is no fee for this work session

RSVP to sher@sird4u.org  to attend please


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Around Idaho: August 2017 Economic Activity — idaho@work

cropped-idaho-dept-labor-logoInformation provided in this article is from professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media. Northern Idaho North Central Idaho Southwestern Idaho South Central Idaho Southeastern Eastern Idaho NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties Kootenai County A lumber mill in Athol owned by Vaagen Brothers Lumber suffered significant damage in an Aug. 9 fire.… (click link below for full story)

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Rock Springs Named Semi-Finalist for 2018 Great American Main Street Award —

ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Rock Springs Main Street has been selected as a semi-finalist for the National Main Street Center’s 2018 Great American Main Street Award. The award recognizes exceptional Main Street communities that excel at comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. “What an honor it is for the City of Rock Springs’ […]

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Soft Skills Are Important to Getting and Keeping Your Job — idaho@work

You graduated… so what? Employers are identifying a trend in their newly graduated employees— lack of soft skills. In particular, personal attributes that allow an individual to interact effectively with other people (i.e. transitional, transferable and foundational skills). Experts have also found that individuals change careers five to seven times in their lifetime. Regardless of…

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Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments — Strong Towns

We can make low risk, high returning investments in our cities while improving the quality of life for people, particularly those who are not benefiting from the current approach. To read the full article, click the link below.

Source: Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments — Strong Towns

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Idaho After the Great American Eclipse (from Idaho@Work – IDOL)

This article uses info from the Idaho Department of Labor’s six regional economists, the Idaho Department of Transportation, CTR and news sources including Capitol Press, Idaho County Free Press, Idaho Mountain Express, Idaho State Journal, Local News 8, Idaho Statesman, KPVI, Post Register, Los Angeles Times, Spokesman-Review, Teton Valley News, The Atlantic and The Times-News.

The total solar eclipse of 2017 has faded into history, but its effects most likely will be discussed and dissected for some time.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the total solar eclipse occurred along a 70-mile-wide path across the continental United States where the moon completed blocked the sun for about two minutes. In Idaho, the path of totality entered the state from the west at Weiser, passed through the mountainous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and continued over Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Teton County.

Before the solar eclipse, southern Idaho communities along the path prepared for unknown numbers of visitors, gearing up to host them at inns, campgrounds and private homes; entice them into stores and restaurants; and protect them from potential problems. Estimates of potential visitors ranged from low to astronomical. No one was sure how many visitors would come, where they would locate and how much money or time they would spend. (Read the full article at the link below)

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