Taxable sales through August 2012

This is a good news flash: year-to-date taxable sales through August in the county is $56.8 million, which puts us on track to have the best year since 2008. Lodging revenue reflect a similar trend: the August revenue of $2.8 Million is more than double that of August 2011, and is the second highest recorded month in Valley County’s history (the highest was $3 Million in September of 2007). More details and charts: www.valleyedc.org/valley-county-taxable-sales/ It sure looks like our local economy has turned the corner. I do want to caution all of us that, even though the numbers are improving vastly, our local economy has not escaped the underlying issues that plagued it for some decades: strong seasonality (at least 5% higher unemployment in the winter) and low average wages (ranking 29th in Idaho). The improved overall economy is very important and some of our local businesses are specifically targeting mid-week, off-season visitation for this winter – which will certainly help. But tweaking the fundamentals of our economy will take creative thinking and concerted effort....

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August Council Meeting Agenda

August Advisory Council meeting Wednesday August 22 at 1PM The Legion Hall (lower level, McCall City Hall) Council members: link Agenda (1)  Public comments and input (as per the decision of last meeting) – 10 minutes If any discussion resulting from public input runs longer than the allotted 10 minutes I suggest we defer further discussion to the end of the meeting (or, if we run out of time, make it an agenda item for the next meeting). (2)  Council-member Update 15 minutes A round-table to share important developments from each chamber and council (open issues that are not on the agenda); 2 minutes max per council member. (3)  Selecting the members-at-large Follow-up from last meeting: “Julie Steinberg will draft an invitation to solicitation with feedback/input from David Carey and Ray Moore.” NOTE: the meeting did not require a plenary review of the invitation, and implicitly authorized the sub-group to proceed at their own accord. NOTE: I have had a few inquiries about selection process and nominating candidates; all inquirers were fine with waiting for the council to initiate a nomination or invitation process. (4)   Regional branding project Follow up from last meeting:”The Advisory Council […] decided to solicit input from their communities/chambers, explore options for professional help and at the next meeting discuss how to initiate and potentially fund such a “branding” project. – feedback from chambers and councils (2 minutes max per council member) – potential project definition and next steps (5)   Meeting recap –  5...

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