These cool nights and days will bring on frost sweetened carrots, squash and apples; and for those of us who planted late greens our spinach will be deep green and full of flavor!

Speaking of garden foods, the Orofino Blue Cross Foundation High 5 grant team has been actively surveying folks to get a feeling/data set around the communities access to healthy foods.

Over the past month the teams work revolved around food mapping and food systems. For decades the Clearwater Valley communities have provided a wide variety of foods (vegetables, fruits & meats) to feed locals, market goers and lucky friends. In addition to foods, the CCED team has been involved with regional housing conversations and workforce development efforts. All of these projects are focused on long term sustainable and community building. Its slow going but these efforts are all about long term and sustainable changes.

Our efforts revolving around business retention, expansion and attraction included bringing resources and information to over a dozen businesses, start-ups and some outsiders looking to move into our area.  We have done research to support and incent business growth across Clearwater County. 

If your business is not taking advantage of the Idaho Business Advantage, the Investment tax credit & Work Opportunity credits programs – please contact us or your accountant! This package of tax credits is tied to employment, sales, property & equipment rebates.  In addition, the Workforce Training Fund can support incumbent and new employee training – we helped train eight new CNA’s in partnership with Brookside Landing, Cascadia Health and State Hospital North. Facilitating sector partnerships based on needs is a great way to meet employer demand for skilled workforce and grow industry in our communities.

Have questions or need help with your business, contact us 208-476-9829.

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