Capital for a Day in Gooding ID Monday Dec 18th with Governor Butch Otter

Please join our Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Mayor, Walt Nelson – City of Gooding for  “Capital for a Day” in Gooding ID on Monday, December 18, 2017.

“Gooding has a rich historical legacy, both in agriculture and government. After all, both the city and county are named for a farmer and prominent local sheep man named Frank Gooding who went on to become a U.S. Senator and Governor of Idaho”. Governor Otter said. “Now Southern Idaho’s booming dairy industry is driving growth in the Gooding area, but folks here are as interested as ever in how State government manages our resources and handles their tax dollars. Capital for a Day is a great chance for them to find out firsthand.”

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Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving — High Country News – focus on Camas County

Camas County, IdahoBy the numbers: Population, 1990: 734; 2000: 984; 2010: 1,111What’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, a 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 young people are moving — High Country News

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Shop Southern Idaho Small Businesses on #SmallBusinessSaturday Nov 25!

There are 154,410 small businesses across Idaho that make up 92.2% of all businesses!  In 2014 alone, 11,420 new jobs were created by small business owners meaning that 55.4% of all employees in Idaho were employed by small businesses that year.

Small businesses help ensure that local economies stay strong and vibrant.  Encourage your friends and family to #ShopSmall on November 25th and all year long!

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As a small business, it’s tough to compete with Black Friday deals.  Many of our local small businesses are finding ways to bring customers through the door with fun incentives, discounts and more.  Whether it’s a gift, BOGO offer, discount or shopping bucks, etc. customers will appreciate the offer and and return that appreciation by shopping with you.   Continue reading

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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

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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

 

THIS ROUNDTABLE WILL EXPLORE:
  • LOCAL INDUSTRY WORKFORCE TRAINING NEEDS
  • MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INTERNSHIPS & APPRENTICESHIPS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS
  • DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM
  • ONLINE AND DISTANCE LEARNING DEVELOPMENT AVAILABLE IN EACH OF OUR COMMUNITIES (FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEE ADVANCEMENT)
  • STRENGTHENING LOCAL TALENT PIPELINE
  • INDUSTRY / EDUCATION / AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS

 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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