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  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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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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