Showing posts from May, 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

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! Thi…

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 Reso…

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:…