We are sold out for our 2023 Economic Summit! Below is our official agenda for the day we are excited to present. 


LOCATION: Trinity Pines Camp (349 Cabarton Rd, Cascade, ID)
DATE: Monday, November 6, 2023. Check-in 8:45 – 9:15am. Welcome begins at 9:15am and programming concludes at 4:15pm, proceeded by the social networking event at Palooza Basecamp (112 N Main St, Cascade, ID) from 4:30-6pm.
– Obtain bigger picture context of the current economic challenges we face nationally, regionally, locally
– Empower our local businesses to make decisions that are best for them
– Leave with some positivity, hope, and optimism for our future


8:45 – 9:15am Check-In & Networking
9:15am Welcome
9:15 – 9:45am Regional Housing Needs Assessment introduction by Aaron Mondada & Michelle Bowlds
of Agnew Beck
9:45 – 10:45am Early Childhood Education State Update by Heather Lee and Jonny Carkin, Idaho Association for the
Education for Young Children (IAEYC); Local early childhood provider panel; Youth Advocacy Coalition
(YAC) regional update by Patty Wold, YAC
10:45 – 11am Current Rural Broadband Initiatives Around the State by Ramón S. Hobdey-Sánchez, J.D., State
Broadband Program Manager, Idaho Department of Commerce
11 – 11:15am Break
11:15 – Noon Local Leader Panel. Moderated by Renee Silvus
Noon – 12:45pm Lunch (buffet); WCM Creative District update; WCMEDC updates
12:45 – 1:15pm “Get to Know Your Host Community” with Cascade Mayor Judith Nissula & Cascade Medical Center
CEO Tom Reinhardt
1:15 – 2:00pm “West Central Mountains Post-Pandemic Economic Trends” by Jan Roeser, Department of Labor
2 – 2:15pm Break
2:15 – 3pm “If We Don’t Know How We Are Changing, We Cannot Take Advantage of Opportunities” by Dr. Jaap
Vos, Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Society, University of Idaho
3 – 4pm “Current Threats to Rural ‘gateway’ Communities & How the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region
Iniatitive (GNAR) Can Help You Thrive Amid These Tremendous Pressures” by Jake Powell, Landscape
Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University
4-4:15pm Concluding Thoughts & Thank You
4:30-6pm Special networking happy hour event at Palooza Basecamp with complimentary appetizers, beverages,
axe-throwing and State partners for special one-on-one networking opportunities. Please join us.