Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) drives regional development and provides local governments guidance on economic diversification, improved community livability, and collective prosperity within the Idaho counties of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce.


CEDA’s ability to leverage networks is key to improving the lives of the people of North Central Idaho.

Since 1995, CEDA has secured $55 million in financial resources, and leveraged another $79 in other sources for built infrastructure, projects, and programs. Since 1988, CEDA has financed $18 million in small business loans.

CEDA promotes regional thinking. When members and partners speak as one collective voice through CEDA, we become a catalyst for change.

our services are characterized by three areas of focus:

Strategic Planning, Business Cluster & Supply Chain Analysis, Career Awareness, Workforce Skills Development


Direct Business Loans, Planning for Financing, Resource Identification


Municipal Utility Upgrades, Community & Senior Centers, Medical/Emergency Service Facilities, Community Amenities



Federal Contract Opportunities for Business Workshop
Published: April 1, 2023
CEDA, in partnership with the Northwest Intermountain Manufacturing Association, with funding support from USDA Rural Development, will be hosting a “Building Your Business Revenue Through Federal Contracts” workshop.
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Microloan Program Benchmark
Published: April 1, 2023
Another benchmark for CEDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) was reached during the first quarter of 2023 with $1.6 million in loans being approved from the $400,000 lending pool, equating to four full revolutions of this revolving loan fund. The program started at CEDA in December of 2010 with the first RMAP loans being issued in the first quarter of 2011.
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Welcome May George
Published: April 1, 2023
May is supporting various functions in the office include planning, events, and community development. She is also assisting us with our Workforce Development program in Talent Pipeline Management.
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Executive Director's Note:
Published: November 1, 2022
Hello and Happy Fall. The Vandals are winning! And it’s the start of CEDA’s new fiscal year. We had a great 2022 with a lot of momentum in community development, regional planning, and workforce development activities that you can read in this newsletter.
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CEDA membership is the ‘heart’ of development in North Central Idaho.

Local government partners with education, industry, agencies, and non-profit organizations to be the collective voice for strengthening and diversifying the economy and building community wealth.

CEDA carries out its economic development mission through staff directed by the leadership of a Board of Directors and working council volunteers.

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Employment Opportunity

Business Finance Specialist


Looking for a career that makes a positive impact in our region? Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) is a non-profit corporation based in Lewiston, ID that promotes and assists economic and community development and fosters a stable and diversified economy within Clearwater, Latah, Lewis, Idaho, and Nez Perce Counties.

Responsibilities: This position supports the CEDA Business Development and Finance program, under its director, by providing loan underwriting, loan servicing, research services, as well as program record keeping and reporting to serve small businesses in the region with financing. The work CEDA does makes a visible difference across our region. Duties include:

  • Document Review: Analyze applications for commercial loans and prepare presentation of same to CEDA Loan Review Committee.
  • Research: Conduct a variety of due diligence activities such as credit reports, UCC- searches, research for client needs.
  • Closing Activities: Assist in the preparation of loan documents for closing.
  • Loan Servicing:  Perform activities such as initiation of communications with applicants and borrowers and responding to questions and requests for information.
  • File Management: Assist with loan file maintenance (paper and electronic).
  • Reporting: Gather information and prepare reports for federal agencies as well as the CEDA Board of Directors and the appropriate Councils and Committees.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to organize and present information professionally, clearly, and concisely with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work independently without constant oversight.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals – clients, borrowers, community members.
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret basic tax returns and basic business financial documents.
  • Proven experience working cooperatively as a team member.
  • Lending experience is desirable

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Business Management, or Accounting is required.  Preferred qualifications include two (2) years employment experience in a business or finance setting, and in particular, lending experience.    A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle are required to meet job-related transportation needs; mileage reimbursed.

Compensation:  $58,000 to $68,000 DOE.  CEDA offers a medical/dental/vision plan, 12 paid holidays, paid annual leave, and an employer-matched 401k retirement plan.  This position provides advancement potential.

Application Deadline:    July 19, 2024

To Apply:  Applicants must provide a resume, cover letter, and three (3) work-related referencesGo to to submit or send application materials to [email protected]