SIRD has merged with SIEDO!

We’ve merged with Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO)! To stay updated on rural economic development activities in our region, visit  or follow along on SIEDO’s social media!

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Celebrating our Communities

Those of us who live in Southern Idaho know for a fact, that this area hosts many wonderful opportunities for fun, culture, community and more all through the year. Here are a few events to add to your calendars for 2018, featuring SIRD rural communities:

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Sponsored by Idaho Power, Edward Jones Financial Advisors and Wills Toyota, the Magic Valley Arts Council presents the 26th Annual Thousand Springs Festival of the Arts, September 22 & 23, 2018 on Ritter Island at Thousand Springs State Park, Hagerman, ID. Offering live entertainment from around the region, artist booths with uniquely created work, plus a variety of food and beverage, this event is a fall favorite.
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Webinars | Community Builders

Our webinar series features developers, innovators, and local leaders who are at work creating complete neighborhoods, growing diverse economies, and building strong communities.

Source: Webinars | Community Builders

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America’s SBDC | Why Your Business Needs A Content Marketing Strategy In 2018 – America’s SBDC

By Jennifer Lobb:   When it comes to marketing advice, it’s easy to get lost in all the shoulds, shouldn’ts, musts and must nots. Professionals the world over can debate the most effective marketing methods, but in 2017, those seeking the sage advice of others would have a difficult time avoiding a healthy endorsement for content marketing. In fact, 86% of B2Cs and 88% of B2Bs employ some content marketing strategy, according to the Content Marketing Institute.

Not only are businesses utilizing content as part of their overarching strategy, but they’re seeing results. In fact, when asked to rate the success of their content marketing efforts (from extremely effective to not effective), 97% of both B2Cs and B2Bs reported some level of success. Do you have a solid content marketing strategy in place? Looking to really increase brand awareness in the new year? Here are three reasons why you should include content in your 2018 efforts.

Source – Full Article: America’s SBDC | Why Your Business Needs A Content Marketing Strategy In 2018 – America’s SBDC – by Jennifer Lobb

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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!


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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