Idaho Rural Partnership Moving to Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Rural Partnership Moving to Idaho Department of
IRP to join Commerce Effective January 6, 2013
—Monday, December 31,
2012— The Idaho Department of Commerce will be the new home to the Idaho Rural
Partnership (IRP), with Commerce Director Jeffery Sayer named as the
organization’s co-chair. Commerce will administratively and physically
house IRP, which has been under the umbrella of the Idaho State Department of
Agriculture for the past six years.
“There is a unique nexus between the
work of IRP and the mission of Idaho Commerce,” said Sayer. “A more
robust and collaborative partnership with IRP will enable our two agencies to
further the goal of creating vibrant communities throughout rural Idaho that
are economically sound, yet still retain the special characteristics that make them
Joe Herring, IRP co-chair, added:
“IRP’s focus on community and economic development makes the tie with Commerce
very beneficial in serving rural communities. We are extremely grateful
to the Department of Agriculture for its support, and look forward to starting
a new chapter in this organization’s rich history.”
In 2013, IRP will celebrate 22 years
of serving rural Idaho. The mission of the IRP is to join diverse public
and private resources in innovative collaborations to strengthen communities
and improve life in rural Idaho. The IRP Board is established by Idaho
law and is made up of 36 individuals who work together to improve economic and
social conditions in rural Idaho.
In 2007, the Idaho Legislature
passed the Idaho Rural Development Partnership Act, making IRP a small State
agency that manages several important programs including community reviews.
Conducted annually in selected Idaho rural communities, community reviews
seek to help communities bolster their action plans for executing and
completing development strategies.
In 2011, the Idaho Rural Partnership
was selected to be the State Broadband Coordinator for the State Broadband
Initiative known as LinkIDAHO. In that role, the IRP brings together all
entities in the state working to fill the gaps in broadband connectivity.
For more information about the Idaho
Rural Partnership, visit: http://irp.idaho.gov