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.

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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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Can I Farm This? Starting a Small Farm in the City


Join us for a brand new workshop this September:

Can I farm this?

Interested in starting a small farm in the city?

Finding a good piece of land is key to a success.

Whether you are looking to purchase land or already have land, this workshop will give you the tools to evaluate a piece a property and determine if it is right for your sustainable farming enterprise.

You will learn to assess site characteristics such as: natural resources (soils and water); microclimates (slope, growing degree days); physical assets (buildings and fences); site history (and how it may affect future farming); and, legal considerations (easements, zoning, lease arrangements, liability).

Register at:

Where to meet:
Please meet at Hen and Hare Microfarm located in Boise, ID 83709 (directions and an address will be sent to those who register).

Register by: September 26th!
$12 registration fee.

Pre-Workshop Homework
Upon registration, you will receive an email with links to pre-workshop videos and questions about the topics of; Physical Assets, Natural Resources, Site History, and Legal Considerations. It is recommended that participants complete these prior to the event so that organizers can gain better perspectives into your unique situation.

To enrich education through diversity the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990, anyone attending this program that requires auxiliary aids or services should contact at least two weeks prior to the event.


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Area Farmers Markets in Full Swing

10505291_833288863348434_7622380046387827220_nIt’s National Farmer’s Market Week!  Do you love fresh, locally grown produce?  Handmade foods and items by your friends and neighbors? We know you do! So do we.   With that in mind, we thought we would share the list of Magic Valley area markets with you.  Come on out and celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week at any (or all) of these area markets. credit for article: Tetona Dunlap – Times News/  Continue reading

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Gem State Prospector – Running at the Speed of Business


Discover the Gem State
and Make Sound Decisions Through Data Using:

Gem State Prospector

Idaho Department of Commerce
or more information, please contact:
Andrea Vlassis-Zahn
Phone: 208.287.3163
Toll Free: 800.842.5858

 What is Gem State Prospector?  Clients who visit Gem State Prospector (businesses, individuals, organizations etc) are looking for commercial and industrial space or buildings to locate things like manufacturing facilities, food processing facilities, call centers, shared services centers, business and professional space. Not only are site selectors and business owners looking for property, they are also looking for information about Idaho communities and Gem State Prospector is a great source for this important information.   Continue reading

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Business Conference: Strategies for Success – June 14th – Twin Falls ID

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Idaho Private Nonprofit Organizations

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Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

Release Date:  April 24, 2017 Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins
Release Number:  ID 15119-01 Phone:  (916) 735-1500

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Idaho

Private Nonprofit Organizations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Idaho following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe winter storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 5 – 27, 2017, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties.

“Private nonprofit organizations should contact Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Duncan of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management at (208) 258-6595 or to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use that information to determine if the private nonprofit provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the private nonprofit with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the private nonprofit to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

The interest rate is 2.5 percent with terms up to 30 years. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is June 20, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is
Jan. 22, 2018.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.


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