Council Meeting Minutes September

Council Meeting Minutes September

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council Meeting Minutes September 7, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm Valley County Courthouse, Cascade, Idaho Members in Attendance: Sherry Maupin (President), Gene Tyler (Treasurer), Cynda Herrick (Secretary), Eric Borchers (telephonically), Bill Willey, Blake Watson, Donald Bailey, Linnea Hall, Lin Davis, Scotty Davenport, and Andrew Mentzer (Executive Director). Members Absent: Cami Hedges, Tom Greco, Bob Giles, Judy Nissula, and Kathy Hull. Guests: None Maupin opened the meeting. Treasurer’s Report: Gene presented the Treasurer’s Report and state there was an ending balance of $46,717.09, with available funds of $7,518.78. General conversation concerning various budget items were discussed, as follows: Discussed the different ledger accounts. Everything under (4) were the remaining ABC funds. Sherry would to keep the money in Parks and Recreation. Cynda wants the Branding money to remain. Bus Kiosk money needs to stay. Cynda will ask Larry if there are any outstanding invoices for Pathway Kiosks and if there is any additional money needed. If not, discussed using for other pathway activities. SBA and Maker Space money can go to the General fund. Andrew informed us that the balance remaining for ED Portal marketing was $6,500 – the funds previously promised or generated were $5,000 from McCall, $1,500 dedicated funds from Idaho Power, already paid the $4,000 from Umpqua, with a $4,000 payment to Bill Doty. (The $4,000 from Umpqua were not dedicated – the funds from McCall and Idaho Power are dedicated, but have not been received.. So there absolutely are a minimum of $2,500 remaining for ED portal marketing. This portion added outside the meeting for general information.) Andrew described the availability of a grant for a feasibility study for single track pathways – the match would be $1,500. Cynda moved to approve the application for a $15,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to fund a feasibility study for Single Track Pathways, with the match of $1,500 from the dedicated Pathway Kiosk/ABC funds. Gene seconded the motion. Motion carried with one no by Bailey. Andrew will try to get match reimbursement from Valley County pathways and Gravity Sports or other recreation businesses. Minutes: Gene moved to approve the minutes from August 3, 2017, Lin seconded the motion. Motion carried. Subcommittee (project) assignments: monument signs, marketing Newsletter topics: ED Portal, WCM Summit, Apprenticeship Program, Open Space initiative, woody biomass, Dept. of Labor grants for EMT, Paramedics, and CNAs. Distribution options for the newsletter were discussed, such as social media, flyers, and inserts in the Star News. Various marketing techniques were discussed. Open space committee formation: Discussed the value of open space, view corridors, and access easements. Differing opinions were expressed as follows: Sherry would like to consider the inclusion of the...

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Council Meeting Agenda October

Council Meeting Agenda October

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council Monthly Meeting: October 5, 2017 Location: McCall, Idaho First Bank Time- 4:00- 6:00pm   Agenda: Welcome visitors & guests Treasurer’s report Approval of September minutes Fund authorization protocol (specify amounts and budgeting process) & incoming funds report (EDPro, County, cities, etc.) Direct deposit request for EDPro/Andrew Update on reporting to governments Update on long-term funding structures–fundraising outreach update Acceptance of Cami Hedges’ resignation and replacement prospects Strategy 1 – JOBS Labor micro grant–other opportunities? Strategy 2 – EDUCATION ED portal marketing plan Strategy 3 – INFRASTRUCTURE/ASSETS Subcommittee updates: Monument Signs & Marketing Broadband Strategy 4- PROSPERITY Business engagement: — — Economic Summit post-mortem Round Table, Upcoming Events & Public...

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Council Meeting Minutes August

Council Meeting Minutes August

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council Meeting Minutes August 3, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm Valley County Courthouse, Cascade, Idaho Members in Attendance:  Sherry Maupin (President), Gene Tyler (Treasurer), Cynda Herrick (Secretary), Eric Borchers, Donald Bailey, Lin Davis, Judy Nissula, Scotty Davenport (telephonically), and Andrew Mentzer (Executive Director). Members Absent:  Cami Hedges, Tom Greco, Bob Giles, Bill Willey, Blake Watson, Kathy Hull, and Linnea Hall. Guests: Rick Brenneman, Coordinator, Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership, and Brian Schaefer, Edgewood Sawmill. Maupin opened the meeting. Treasurer’s Report: Tyler presented the Treasurer’s Report dated July 2017, and appended.  There is an ending balance of $54,643.68. Bailey moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Davis seconded the motion. Motion carried. Minutes:  Bailey moved to approve the minutes from July 6, 2017, Gene seconded the motion. Motion carried. Woody Biomass Presentation from Rick Brenemann:  The Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation & Development – Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership was formed in 2007. A few of the counties involved in the effort are Adams, Boise, and Valley. It was done in an effort to create some jobs that were lost using grants the US Forest Service and USDA. Some projects have been funded. Currently forming a 4 state coalition – see attachment. A Forestry Economic Summit is being held in Grangeville on November 8 and 9.             Their coalition believes conditions for successful woody biomass efforts include plenty of stock, need investors, will have positive environmental affect, and a guaranteed market with very little risk. Brian Schaefer, Edgewood, introduced himself. He purchased the sawmill at the corner of Spink and Highway 55. Prior to the recession he had a portable machine that would make merchandisable chips in the forest so that they were not hauling “air”. He thinks the key would be to use product for high end market vs. low end market, ie logs for homes vs. chips. Update on long-term funding structures – Fundraising outreach update: St. Lukes cannot support the WCMEDC, but will help with business summit. Sherry reported: Albertsons – trying to get to the right person, does not want to go directly to the top; Tamarack – they are almost in a position to help fund; Brundage – not a yes or no; May Hardware – Rick is engaged. Gene reported: thinks Stinker will assist; most larger/chain businesses have offices elsewhere and are not as committed; Donnelly has committed. Judy will talk to First American and Title Company. Bylaws & Articles signatures: Signed. WCM Community Foundation update: logo, website and next steps – Filed with the State, have the logo, and will build the website. Strategy 1 – JOBS    Andrew reported on his contacts and activities. Lamm has not finished taxes yet –...

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Council Meeting Agenda September

Council Meeting Agenda September

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council Monthly Meeting: September 7, 2017 Location: Donnelly–Midas Gold Time- 4:00- 6:00pm   Agenda: Welcome visitors & guests Treasurer’s report Approval of August minutes Subcommittee (project) assignments: monument signs, marketing Newsletter topics Open space committee formation Update on long-term funding structures–fundraising outreach update Final Bylaws & Articles signatures Review 2016 990 tax filing Strategy 1 – JOBS Labor micro grant and CNA classes in Donnelly: Cascade Fire, Cascade HS, Cascade Medical Strategy 2 – EDUCATION ED portal live–marketing plan McCall College discussion Strategy 3 – INFRASTRUCTURE/ASSETS Summit update–sponsorship and outreach needs Branding/letter writing outreach plan Strategy 4- PROSPERITY Business engagement: CONFIDENTIAL LIST Round Table, Upcoming Events & Public...

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Council Meeting Minutes July

Council Meeting Minutes July

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council Monthly Meeting: July 6, 2017 Location: McCall–Idaho First Bank Time- 4:00- 6:00pm   In attendance: Sherry Maupin, Scotty Davenport, Linden Davis, Tom Greco, Eric Borchers, Donald Bailey, Bill Willey, Andrew Mentzer (Executive Director) Not in attendance: Cynda Herrick, Bob Giles, Blake Watson, Cami Hedges, Gene Tyler, Linnea Hall, Judy Nissula, Kathy Hull   NOTE: On July 12th, 2017 it was determined that a quorum for this meeting was not achieved. The three votes taken at this meeting were stricken (represented below with a strikethrough) from the record and voted on by proxy on July 12th. All motions passed with quorum via a single consent agenda vote.   Welcome visitors & guests: Melissa Hamilton, UI Extension ASAP presentation from Melissa Hamilton, UI Extension There are many partners involved in making this project a reality ASAP includes 2 data sets Compatibility Desirability Page 3 includes local inventory of all assets and infrastructure Asset inventory is avaluable ED tool Discussed NAICS codes and why they are important–drill down on industry elements and important factors for certain businesses Some of our competitive (existing)sectors according to ASAP Veggie and melon farming Power Generation Manufacturing Public Administration Light industry sectors may present future opportunities ASAP should be used as a planning tool, but is not a prescription for economic development All data will be viewed differently by different people/groups Short term planning tool Long term tool to identify infrastructure needs Can help with identifying clusters and merged with Commerce data Should be updated routinely to remain relevant Some interesting data High crime rates in Valley County–partly due to tourism High home prices Educated workforce Next steps Identify clusters Prioritize infrastructure and industry needs/opportunities How do we scale and where/why? Case-maker for ED/BRE efforts Treasurer’s report Brief discussion on Community Foundation costs Water Trails invoices Portal funds received Economic Summit deposit $1,500 ABC funds left: $5,600 Future marketing funds Moved to approve by Eric, seconded by Lin–motion passed Brief discussion about Housing Trust–they are working towards getting a stand-alone 501c3 with a new attorney. Nothing new to report on tax filing, but Andrew has requested information on several occasions. Approval of June minutes moved by Don, seconded by Lin–motion approved Andrew asked to send ED portal link to council for review and recommendations Update on long-term funding structures–fundraising outreach update Sherry has visited City of McCall–requested $9,000 Sherry having conversation with Donnelly on LOT $4k Eric connected with Sabala foundation–all youth sports initiatives but good connection Shore Lodge follow up after apprenticeship discussion Bylaws & Articles updated and ready for approval Geographic area includes Meadows Valley school district Number of members now up to 15 Need to get signatures of...

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Council Meeting Minutes June

Council Meeting Minutes June

June 1, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm Valley County Courthouse, Cascade, Idaho Members in Attendance: Sherry Maupin (President), Gene Tyler (Treasurer), Cynda Herrick (Secretary), Bill Willey, Scotty Davenport, Eric Borchers, Donald Bailey, Blake Watson, Kathy Hull, Linnea Hall, Lin Davis, and Andrew Mentzer (Executive Director). Members Absent: Cami Hedges, Tom Greco, and Bob Giles. Guests: None Maupin opened the meeting. Treasurer’s Report: Tyler presented the Treasurer’s Report dated June 1, 2017, and appended. There is a balance of $66,498.97. The IRS accepted extension for six months. Lamm (accountant) has received all necessary information from the Housing Trust. Sought approval in the amount of $1,098 for the Board insurance, etc.: Davis moved to approve payment, Blake seconded. Motion carried. Gene reported we received $1,000 from Idaho Power for operating costs. Bailey moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Davis seconded the motion. Motion carried. Minutes: Gene moved to approve the minutes from May 4, 2017, Eric seconded the motion. Motion carried. Update on long-term funding structures – Fundraising outreach update: Eric reported he and Andrew met with a Shore Lodge representative (Moss). They are employing 350 people this summer. Andrew will follow up. They seemed interested in the Education Portal. Gene met with Amerigas, Stinker and Maverick – he educated them on who the WCMEDC is and our function. Amerigas said that there are lots of people making requests for funding. Stinker said Donnelly cost him $60,000 to get approval – perhaps we could help educate communities on the cost of compliance. Cynda commented that at the Economic Summit in Boise, Mayor Bieter’s first statement was to get rid of the difficult and costly permitting processes if you want economic development in your community. Andrew commented we may not want to broaden our efforts to include that issue. Sherry stated she had discussed the Griddle’s challenges with zoning. We also need to be careful about misrepresentation of ourselves as part of the WCMEDC at meetings. Sherry spent time talking to municipalities. Gene said Donnelly has confirmed monetary participation with the use of their LOT funds. Discussion concerning type of sponsorships. Andrew will put together a framework of sponsorships. Midas is giving $5,000. Regional housing discussion & findings: Adams County has no Planning and Zoning. Discussion of effect – they are passive. What is our function in the housing function? It would be beneficial to provide contact information, education of potential developers, link on Education Portal. Should be a session at the Economic Development Summit. Subcommittee Discussion – Marketing – Summit(s): Conversation concerning the economic summit and potential topics. Discussed project specific subcommittees; consensus was that this was a good idea. The marketing subcommittee for the education portal will be Eric, Lin...

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