October is well known as a month when the rains come to the Clearwater and this year we were blessed with 7.2 inches reported at the weather station in Pierce. Now we just need temps to cool and flakes to fall.

At the Economic Development office we provided some follow up information and data to two business considering expanding to our area and responded with site information to two new prospects.

Our business retention/expansion program got the carpet pulled out from under it a bit when Tri Pro announced its closure because we’d been working on some site improvements with local staff.

We understand a number of folks have found jobs and the Dept. of Labor is holding a job fair in early November where regional employers will be on hand for job seekers. We will also have business start-up packets available for folks interested in working for themselves. We are working with five existing businesses on expansion projects.

Our entrepreneurial support/start up assistance program kicked off Igniting Innovation, a quarterly informative networking session for folks with business ideas, inventions and/or new products.

The kick-off was a success in several ways, but we were thrilled to have more innovators than service providers attend the meeting. If you have ideas or are inventive feel free to contact us to get connected with this group of folks to exchange ideas.

We also have a number of community development projects underway that include recreation developments, broadband expansion, road repair, fire station construction and museum grants.

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