Newsletter

 What’s new in the Silver Valley?

2015 SVEDC MembershipThank you to our new members and renewing members.  Your support is very much appreciated and your logo should be seen on the SVEDC website.  If I don’t have your business logo, please email a .png or .jpg file to me director@silvervalleyedc.com If you would like to support SVEDC through a membership, please contact me, Cathleen Sanborn @ 752-5511

2015 Board of Directors Welcome to new SVEDC directors James Roletto, Shawn Metts and Mitzi Scheel.  For a complete list of board members and terms, click the following link: SVEDC membership page.

West Silver Valley Non-Attainment Citizens Advisory Committee:  You are invited to join us at the next West Silver Valley Non-Attainment Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting May 21 at 6 p.m., Panhandle Health, 114 Riverside, Kellogg, Idaho.  Contact Ralph Paul for information: 769-1422 or Ralph.paul@deq.idaho.gov

Members of the CAC are working with Idaho DEQ on an EPA Targeted Air Shed Grant application to fund replacement wood stoves and improvements to residential energy efficiency in the non-attainment area. The grant also supports community education and outreach.  Our grant application is due June 1, 2015.     

SVEDC Intern:  This summer SVEDC will bring in an unpaid intern to develop a commercial real estate database.    Hunter Olson will create a database of commercial properties in the Silver Valley that are available for sale or rent. Properties will include commercial and industrial buildings and land.   This database will be used by SVEDC, Wallace Chamber of Commerce and Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce for inquiries by businesses and individuals looking for industrial facilities, commercial land for development, or retail space.   Land or buildings that are for sale will need to have an agent identified. 

Site Selection process and the Gem State Prospector platform: When out of state companies look for relocation possibilities they use the nationally recognized Zoom Prospector website to get demographic information, local workforce estimates, and site details such as location relative to interstates, rail and shipping, develop-able acreage, photos and existing utilities.  In Idaho Zoom Prospector is known as Gem State Prospector.  Companies use GSP to do their homework prior to contacting Idaho Commerce. 

In the Silver Valley we have few commercial/industrial listings in GSP so typically when I am contacted regarding a Site Selection, I check in with everyone on my mailing list for leads.  However the state is considering a rule change that will require use of GSP when responding to Site Selection inquiries to insure consistency.   When sites are not listed in GSP, varying data points are supplied, which makes it difficult for companies to compare sites.  Lack of Silver Valley sites in GSP makes it look like our community is not open for new business.   For more information about Gem State Prospector and how to list properties, please contact me. 

SVEDC Job Posting:  After considerable reflection, I decided it was best to step down from my position to focus on my health.  My last day with Silver Valley Economic Development will be June 30, 2015.  The board will hire my replacement as soon as possible.  If you are interested in applying for the position, please check the Idaho Labor website for the job posting.  The application period closes May 22nd, 2015.  Send cover letter and resume to director@silvervallyedc.com or 703 Cedar Street, Wallace, ID 83873. 

Business Resources
STEP Grants
Extension approved for your STATE Trade and export promotion (STEP) grant projects
Project period extension is now available for eligible International Trade Show projects starting October 1, 2015 and ending by October 30, 2015.  Extended grant funds may only be used for the allowable cost of booth space/registration fee.  Original match requirements still apply.  Two additional application review dates:
·         June 29, 2015
·         August 31, 2015

Community Resources
EPA Press Release: 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. 


Click here to access the Community Resources website.