Regional Economic Development

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The Economic Importance of Agriculture

As farmers across the nation struggle against unfavorable economic conditions and increased pressure from sprawling development, communities must decide whether to enact measures that protect farmland and help keep farmers in business. by: American Farmland…

States hope to lure businesses away from California turmoil

Seizing on the state’s pricey business climate, budget mess and political circus, other states are stepping up efforts to lure companies away from California.

Lemhi County, Idaho will house new business incubator

"With today’s technology, you can do business from just about anywhere in the U.S," said Idaho Department of Commerce Director LaMoyne Hyde. "I can think of several businesses that would like to be located at the base of the Continental Divide and in a facility with views of the Salmon Valley."

Utah Rewards Small Town Smart Growth – Utah plans to direct funds to rural areas that plan ahead.

With no significant funding help from the Legislature on the horizon, Gov. Mike Leavitt and the state’s Quality Growth Commission are seeking new ways to get Utah’s small cities and towns on the smart growth bandwagon. "There is a strong desire to keep the population centers from merging. They want nodes of development, not sprawl. The public has been very vocal about that," she said.

Rural Entrepreneurship News- Vol. 2 No. 9 –August 11, 2003 – A Rural Policy Research Institute National Research and Policy Center

Welcome to Rural Entrepreneurship News – the monthly electronic newsletter of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a RUPRI national research and policy center with founding support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Getting a return on growth dollars – Reviews are mixed on how well development agencies are doing their job in Spokane and North Idaho

"But economic development has to happen all the time. You need to have continuous economic development. People have to stick with it,"

Economic metamorphosis – Spokane tries to reform development strategy to captialize on economy in new millennium

"If you look around, we’ve (Spokane) been just left behind by everyone else," said West

Raising North Dakota – Horrible winters. A dwindling, aging population. Abandoned farms reverting to prairie grass… Perfect!!

I figured that, like North Dakota itself, she could be coaxed into seeing the wisdom and rewards of making old things new again.

Yellowstone Park lake hints at buildup to huge blast -(How will this news affect regional economic development?)

The mystery of the deep at picturesque Yellowstone Lake is a bulge that rises 100 feet from the lake floor, stretches the length of seven football fields, and has the potential to explode at any time.

Agency to launch job network – Idaho Works plan will help pave road to local employment

The North Idaho Workforce Investment Board plans to set up Idaho Works, a one-stop system designed to link employers with prospective employees. SCOTT REEVES Staff writer CDA Press Few know about it, but a…