IN THIS EDITION: 

 

  • Economomic Development Portal Launches
  • Economic Summit October 2nd
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Open Space Initiative Underway
  • What's Next With Woody Biomass?
  • Funding Opportunities in Your Community
  • Cascade Community Review TONIGHT!
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Economic Development Portal Launches
We were busy all summer creating a tool that we think will help the communities of Cascade, Donnelly, Yellow Pine, McCall and the Meadows Valley connect more easily with business development and education resources. Whether you are looking to take college classes, brush up on your Quickbooks competencies or start a new business, the West Central Mountains Economic Development and Online Education Portal is a great place to start. Check it out in the link below!
Portal Link
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Economic Summit October 2nd
If you haven't registered for the 2017 West Central Mountains Economic Summit, there are still a handful of tickets available. This year's agenda includes some great expert panel presentations and community discussions about housing, workforce development and open space/access preservation. Full agenda and registration is available through the link below.
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Apprenticeship Opportunities
EMPLOYER: Have you ever wished for a talent pool that is an extension of your business model? They know not just how to perform the job description, but how to perform it your way?

EMPLOYEE: Have you ever wanted an opportunity for long term career growth in an industry that will help to train you for success? 

The registered apprenticeship model may be the solution for both. Employees get the training and certifications they need to be great in their career with opportunities for growth; employers get a say in how their employees are trained both on the job and in the classroom. This combination of on the job training and related instruction leads to better employee retention, lower turnover costs and improved leadership structures within many organizations. 

Are registered apprenticeships right for you?
Learn More Here
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Open Space Initiative Launching
We all know the recreational access has been a hot topic in recent years, and there is a lot of misinformation out there about what our challenges truly are and how to address them. The 2017 West Central Mountains Economic Summit will take a deep dive into this topic, with the intent of identifying a community group to formulate a plan that will hopefully resolve the challenges we face. The fact of the matter is that we need a funding source that will empower local governments and nonprofits to secure easements to keep trails open for generations to come. If you'd like to be a part of this discussion, give us a call or send us an email. 
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What's Next With Woody Biomass
For several years there have been discussions about what a Woody Biomass campus could look like in the West Central Mountains. Some models look better than others, but there has been a lot of interest in the topic statewide. While local logging and mill operators consider the opportunities that may exist with Woody Biomass, there will be a statewide discussion about the topic on November 8-9 in Grangeville. If you'd like to get involved with the discussion, sign up at the link below.
Woody Biomass Workshop
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Funding Opportunities in Your Community
This month, we are writing a grant to secure nearly $20,000 to help pay for CNA and Paramedic training in Cascade. If we are successful, 5 members of that community will see increased long term job potential at the local level and the organizations they work for will see a stronger trained workforce.

This, in part, is the work of an economic development agency. If your business has a training need, is growing, or could just use some regional input, we are here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out for a free business consultation. We work closely with the Idaho Departments of Commerce and Labor, and have many resources for funding and grants as well.
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Cascade Community Review Tonight!
Tonight, the City of Cascade will hear a public presentation of it's Community Review from the folks at Idaho Rural Partnership.

There will be a city council meeting at The Ashley Inn, then
the Idaho Rural Partnership will share it's findings from it's community review of Cascade, which was completed in April of 2016 (after a two year process). Their focus areas were economic development, housing, and civic life and community involvement. The report is finally ready!  Area residents are encouraged to join us for the presentation of the review.
 
Order of Business at the Ashley Inn:
5:30 p.m. – Social time with refreshments and goodies
6:00 p.m. – City Council Meeting will come to order and council will go through their official order of business
6:30 p.m. or when official business concludes – Presentation of Community Review
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