The goal of Silver Valley Economic Development is to improve the economic quality of life and standard of living for the people of the Silver valley.  Our major focus is to create living wage job opportunities by helping our local primary industry employers grow.  A gain in living wage jobs means people have more money to spend locally.   Your investment will help support an economic development program dedicated to the economic quality of life and standard of living for the people of the Silver alley.  SVEDC has the current priorities:

  • Improving access to broadband bandwidth to support education, business and personal needs
  • Development of a long term strategic plan to grow local businesses and education opportunities
  • Partner with Idaho Departments of Commerce and Labor to assist business start-ups, business expansion, and company re-location
  • Create an employee pipeline to attract and retain talent
  • Work with municipalities when grant/funding opportunities or projects become available 
It is vital that we maintain an economically viable organization that can sustain this effort, and for this we need your financial support. The SVEDC board believes that we can and will have increased prosperity.   We are an organization dedicated to helping our Valley’s economy grow into the future.  Our 2015 membership campaign begins this month.  Your investment will be used in meeting operating expenses that arise out of our endeavors to build jobs in the Silver Valley. 

Please take a moment to consider becoming a partner with us.  It is easy to become a member.  Complete the SVEDC membership application and return the address listed below:


703 Cedar Street, Wallace, Idaho 83873

Click here for the SVEDC Strategic Plan - Created FY2015

The Silver Valley is home to seven incorporated communities bisected by the Interstate 90 Corridor and nestled in the Coeur d’Alene River Valley of Idaho’s beautiful northern Panhandle. We are blessed with an abundance of natural resources.  Water, Electricity, Natural Gas, and Broadband Utilities are available and reasonably priced. Our area is also capable of providing “build to suit” options for new or expanding business.


Our investment in Human Capital has provided an available and cost-effective workforce. From basic labor to skilled craftsmen and professional engineers, the Silver Valley’s workforce is eager, ready and waiting to fulfill the demands of a growing business. Need specialized employee training? We have the means to satisfy that need. Idaho’s Workers Compensation rates are among the lowest in the United States. Since the national economic downturn of 2008, our areas unemployment rate generally hovers between 11 and 14 percent.


Transportation connections link us to the world via the Interstate 90 Corridor. Major trucking service is locally available, rail services are provided through Burlington Northern Santa Fe Lines in Spokane, Washington (70 miles west on I-90) and the Port of Lewiston provide us with great flexibility in serving national and international customers. Business travelers have access to all major US destinations from Spokane International Airport.


Unbeatable quality of life and recreation go hand-in-hand with a growing and diversifying business community. A small town atmosphere with big economic opportunities, the Silver valley offers affordable housing and land pricing to make your move affordable. An excellent local school system and low crime rates make the region a positive and productive atmosphere in which to raise a family. The opportunities for family through recreation and education continue to grow in the Silver Valley. Whether it is a college level educational course provided by our satellite NIC campus, the ability to commute 10 miles in 10 minutes, or the availability of world class outdoor recreational opportunities within walking distance, we have it now! We pride ourselves on providing a safe family environment.


In a region blessed with natural resource wealth, the Silver Valley’s most important resource is our children. Accordingly, you will find this region to be extremely supportive of our educational system and very conscious of the well being our children deserve.


Yes, the Silver Valley is an area rich in outdoor recreation, it offers a safe family environment, a very reasonable standard of living, our children matter, and we are hungry for economic diversification. I invite you to come see us!


Marlene Martin, Alpine Constructors, Inc - President

James McMillan, McMillan Law - Vice President
Jennifer Stovern, First American Title- Treasurer
Kathy Zanetti, Zanetti Bros - Secretary
Andy Helkey, Panhandle Health District
Gina Doerschel, Columbia Bank
Dan Martinsen, Shoshone County Planning & Zoning Department/Building Department
Duane Little, (Retired) Shoshone County Assessor
James Roletto, Enrico Consulting
Jeff Colburn, Silver Mountain
Jerry Brantz, Shoshone Medical Center
Jesse Butler, Avista
Rose Woodford, North Idaho College

Frank Durham, Coldwell Banker
Jon Cantamessa, Retired
Karen Maravilla, Kingston Water Dist.
Wally Jacobson, Panhandle Area Council - Ex Officio
Cheri Bayer, US Silver & Gold


  • Shoshone County
  • City of Wardner
  • City of Wallace
  • City of Osburn
  • City of Kellogg
  • Central Shoshone County Water District
  • Sundstrom Insurance
  • Twin City Furniture
  • D G & S Company 
  • First American Title Company
  • Kellogg Moving and Storage
  • 1313 Club
  • Dave Smith Motors
  • Mine Systems Design
  • Ridge River Realty
  • Turbo Liner
  • Waters Garbage and Refuse
  • Yokes Food
  • Wallace Brewing Company
  • Alpine Constructors
  • TerraGraphics
  • Good Samaritan - Silver Wood Village
  • Lifetime Roofing and Siding
  • Rossi Insurance/Kellogg Insurance
  • West Valley Insurance and Realty
  • By The Way Campground
  • HF Magnuson & Company CPAs
  • Kellogg Plastics, Ltd.
  • Shoshone Medical Center
  • Suddenlink
  • Avista
  • Hecla - Lucky Friday Unit
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Rockbottom Gulch
  • Silver Valley Automotive/Silver Valley Tire
  • Zanetti Bros.
  • Duane Little
  • Wired or Wireless
  • Triangle Consulting
  • Magnuson Hospitality/Wallace Inn
  • Harvest Foods
  • Manoah, LLC
  • Columbia Bank (formerly Panhandle State Bank)
  • HMH Engineering
  • Northwest Mine Supply
  • Advanced Benefits
  • Spunstrand, Inc
  • Native American Services Corp - NASCO
  • Silver Mountain Resort - Jeld-Wen
  • North Idaho College
  • James McMillan, Esq.
  • Representative Shannon McMillan
  • US Bank
  • J U B Engineers
  • US Silver and Gold
  • Gauteraux and Company
  • Vester Eye Clinic - Dr. Dick Vester
  • Silver Opportunity Partners - Sunshine Silver Mining and Refining 
Call for more information on becoming a member of the SVEDC   208-752-5511.

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