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Register Now: 2024 Idaho Rural Success Summit

The Idaho Rural Success Summit is back for a third year!The Idaho Rural Success Summit will take place May 1 and 2, 2024 in Fort Hall, Idaho at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center. This will be a day-and-a-half-long event. The summit is centered around spotlighting successful examples of rural community development, through lightning-round presentations, engaging

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Suntado Locates to Burley, Idaho

Milk is a staple of any fridge and is one of Idaho’s top agricultural products. The one issue with milk? It does not seem to last long enough. Suntado, a new aseptic dairy packaging plant, is working to solve that problem by creating state-of-the art shelf-stable milk and alternative beverages. The company is the brainchild

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Northwest Fourslide Chooses Idaho

Northwest Fourslide has been making precision metal stampings and wire forms since 1979. Northwest Fourslide builds custom tooling solutions and uses highly configurable stamping presses and forming machines to make complex metal parts for its customers. The company serves all industries with a specific emphasis on medical, defense, power distribution and precision test instrumentation. The

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Southwest Idaho Travel Association Launches New Campaign

The Southwest Idaho Travel Association (SWITA) is one of the largest travel associations funded by the Idaho Travel and Convention Grant Program. Stretching east from the Idaho-Oregon border to Glenns Ferry and north from the Idaho-Nevada border to New Meadows, SWITA represents 74 Idaho communities. SWITA is a regional tourism destination marketing organization whose mission

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Port of Lewiston Welcomes Additional Cruise Lines

Located 465 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Port of Lewiston is the most inland Port on the West Coast, and Idaho’s only seaport. The Port, which is partially funded by Nez Perce County tax dollars, serves as an economic development district, intermodal transportation center and facilitator of international trade. The Lewis Clark Valley and

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RCIF Award assists with Upgrades for Suntado’s New Building

This fiscal year, the City of Burley was awarded a $460,000 RCIF grant to help upgrade the electrical power system that will serve Suntado’s new, shelf-stable, state-of-the-art, aseptic dairy packaging plant. Rural Community Investment Funds (RCIF) help rural communities improve public infrastructure in support of economic expansion via job creation. Eligible activities include construction or

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The City of Hansen Upgrades Parks with CDBG Funds

The City of Hansen was awarded $250,000 in CDBG funds for playground and accessibility upgrades to two of their community parks, Hansen City Park and Rolling Hills Park — both of which were outdated, over 25 years old, deteriorating and unsafe. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides states with

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Micron Announces $15 Billion Investment In Boise

In September of 2022, Micron Technology announced the largest single private investment in the state’s history, an investment of approximately $15 billion through the end of the decade to construct a new fab for leading-edge memory manufacturing. This investment will create approximately 2,000 direct jobs by the end of the decade, and more than 17,000

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Rural ED Pro and Childcare Grant Creates Impact in Driggs

Childcare continues to be a challenge for Idaho communities large and small. However, the Child Care Expansion Grant Program, administered by the Idaho Workforce Development Council, has offered assistance to communitiesacross Idaho. One such community to benefit from this grant, with the help of a local Rural Economic Development Professional, is Driggs. Amplifying its economic

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Idaho Gem Grant Boosts Job Creation in Oneida County

Thanks to a Gem Grant of $22,000 and $50,000 awarded this fiscal year and last fiscal year respectively, Oneida County and the City of Malad were able to assist two businesses in making critical upgrades to power and water infrastructure. The BRE team assisted cities and counties in finding funding for needed infrastructure projects through

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