Thursday, May 21, 2015

Employers value soft skills


Are you wondering how important your soft skills are in getting and keeping a job?   Check out this blog post from Idaho Department of Labor:  

Employers value soft skills

West Silver Valley Citizens Advisory Meeting - Air Quality

The West Silver Valley Citizens Advisory Committee is announcing their next meeting scheduled for Thursday May 21, 2015 at the Panhandle Health District Office, 114 W. Riverside Ave., Kellogg from 6 PM – 7 PM.

Committee members will continue their work to develop an air quality improvement plan aimed at helping the area attain compliance with air quality standards. Members will report back to the group on assignments to develop a Facebook page, logo and costs for outreach materials undertaken at the last meeting in April. 

Discussions will continue on potential emission reduction measures for the area as well as developing key messages and stratigies for community outreach and education.

Click here for the agenda.  

For more information, contact Ralph Paul at (208) 666-4609 or ralph.paul@deq.idaho.gov. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thanks from SVEDC Dual Credit Scholarship awardees

The Silver Valley Economic Development Corp - North Idaho College Dual Credit Scholarship was established in 2005 to provide financial assistance to high school students in Shoshone County.

Because dual credit students are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, the scholarship was established to support Silver Valley students with their education. Without this financial assistance, many of these students would not be able to enroll in dual credit courses.  

The Silver Valley community stepped up and helped purchase books, pay lab fees and tuition.  Here are some of the thank you notes from students who received assistance: 


  • This scholarship will help me by allowing me to get a head start on my Chemistry degree. Thank you very much for the opportunity to receive this scholarship!  It means a lot to receive the extra help in pursuing my goals.
  • Thank you so much!  I would never have had the opportunity to take this class if it wasn't for this scholarship.  I am so grateful! 
  • This helps me get a head start and pay less. Thank you greatly! This scholarship is truly a blessing.
  • This scholarship means a lot to me because my dad just got a new job and it doesn't pay as much as his last job.  Without this scholarship I may have had to drop the class. 



Friday, May 15, 2015

EPA launches new website to help communities improve environmental quality and public health

WASHINGTON – As part of a commitment to making a visible difference in communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new website to help local officials and community members find information for improving the environment, public health and quality of life.  Developed with input from local, state and federal partners, the Community Resources website provides access to resources that span the range of local concerns – from environmental regulatory compliance to economic revitalization to public health and environmental justice. 

“As a former local official, I know firsthand the challenges communities face in juggling responsibilities and navigating multiple information sources,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “That’s why I’m pretty excited about this new resource. It’s just one of many ways EPA is looking to support local officials and community members who are working every day to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.”

The Community Resources website leverages information from three existing community-oriented resources:
·               The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network, managed in partnership with the International City / County Management Association, provides information on environmental compliance and stewardship.
·               The National Resource Network, established by HUD as part of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, offers practical solutions to help communities pursue economic development and growth.
·               The EPA Community Health site can help users learn about and improve local environmental health conditions.
EPA plans to add new information over time to better meet local needs.  Visitors can provide feedback via a link on the main page.

To access the Community Resources website: http://www.epa.gov/communitieswww.epa.gov/communities


Thursday, May 14, 2015

SVEDC Now Hiring Economic Development Specialist

PRINCIPAL DUTIES
1. Business Retention and Expansion. Typical responsibilities: answer inquiries and make referrals concerning small-business loans; advise businesses with expansion plans of various market development, financing, job training, and business planning resources; evaluate business expansion potential of a community; coordinate with state, federal and regional sources to assist in business expansion; provide technical assistance to local governments in identifying business expansion by planning adequate infrastructure.  Assist with business retention and expansion programs, as well as business start up and recruitment efforts.

2. Entrepreneurial Development.  Assist entrepreneurs by providing direct support to new business start-ups through counseling, problem-solving, advocacy and referrals.  Coordinate business training workshops; assess need for training and workshops for existing and potential local entrepreneurs and businesses.

3. Business Recruitment.  Typical responsibilities: provide site location information to businesses interested in locating in the Silver Valley; research specific site information and coordinate inquiries with local and state government officials; establish a network of private and public contacts to market the Silver Valley as a business expansion or relocation site; prepare cost, marketing, and resource comparisons to recruit businesses; research might include information on regional utility rates, labor costs, fringe benefits, tax rates, worker's compensation, transportation costs, land use, and capital formation resources and training programs; develop, update, edit, and oversee distribution of informational marketing publications to promote a positive business climate; conduct workshops and make presentations to business to facilitate economic development, prepares news releases and works with media to promote feature story coverage of ED-related activity and accomplishment.

4. Coordination and Liaison. Typical responsibilities: work with the board of directors, local units of government, chambers of commerce, and local development groups along with regional and state organizations on a broad range of economic development activities; serve as liaison with various governmental agencies, local community groups, and private sector organizations; acts as a community advocate in expanding new business; maintains client/network contact list.

5. Program Administration.  Typical responsibilities: develops annual work plan, provides monthly accomplishment reports, prepares annual investor invoices and cover letters, and prepares and submits monthly reimbursement vouchers. Identify potential granting agencies and match with possible businesses, and assist the SVEDC Board in obtaining funds through the writing of grants and other fund-raising activities.  Assist the Board in setting and prioritizing goals and objectives.

Click here for the Idaho Dept of Labor job posting

Thursday, April 9, 2015

West Silver Valley Air Quality Citizens Advisory Committee to meet April 16

West Silver Valley Air Quality Citizens Advisory Committee to meet April 16 in Pinehurst

The West Silver Valley Air Quality Citizens Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Pinehurst City Hall, 106 N. Division St.

Committee members will continue to work with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to develop an air quality improvement plan known as a State Implementation Plan, or SIP, which will describe how the area intends to reach and maintain compliance with air quality standards.

Members will report on assignments undertaken at the March meeting, continue discussions on potential emission reduction measures for the area, and review key messages developed for community outreach and education.

For more information, contact Ralph Paul at (208) 666-4609 or ralph.paul@deq.idaho.gov 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Basin Commission - Citizens Coordinating Council meeting April 14, 2015



Residents are welcome to join the discussion about recent State DEQ and EPA work in the valley. Meetings are four times a year. Construction is about to get started again!




Friday, March 20, 2015

Avista - Community Safety Awareness Day/Open House

Avista is hosting a Community Safety Awareness day/Open House 10:00 - noon on April 10, 2015 and April 17, 2015 at the Avista Materials yard - 120 N Hill Street, Kellogg, Idaho.

The event will include a 
  • Live Line Safety Trailer, 
  • Power Line Safety, and 
  • the Do’s and Don’ts Around Power Lines.  

There will also be a Natural Gas vs. Gasoline Demo showing the characteristics of both, as well as differences.

Crews will be available to answer questions.

Thanks to Avista for hosting this event!