In Motion
Sept 23 | Quarterly Report

Welcome Our New Staff!

We are excited to have these fine folks recently join our CEDA team:

Kaleena Moulton, Economic and Community Development Assistant.  Kaleena is supporting our planning and coordination initiatives.  She has a background in accounting and entrepreneurship.  She loves all animals (except snakes) and loves spending time with her family.  She is very excited for the opportunity to be part of CEDA and is looking forward to the projects she will be working on.

Sam Mager, Business Finance Specialist.  Sam’s job is to connect small businesses to financing in order to start, expand, or retain their business.  His background consists of business management alongside a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Sam understands the complexity of business operations and has the desire to help you make the wisest choice possible.  He is happy to serve, answer any questions, and assist in obtaining entrepreneurial dreams.

Mariah Miller, Community Development Specialist.  Mariah’s responsibilities include grant administration and project development for our communities.  She is married to Phil and is a proud mother to daughter Harper.  Mariah finds balance in life through her love for the gym, outdoor recreation, and the joy of cooking.

If you are a business or community needing assistance they are here to help, along with John, Deb, Amber, and Dodd

Pictured left to right:  Kaleena Moulton, Sam Mager, and Mariah Miller


Executive Director’s Note:

Community Building. Deb Smith, Krista Baker, and I attended the Northwest Inland Partners meeting on August 9 in Spokane Valley. The speaker was Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.

Doug is a hot commodity in the community and economic development arena. A captivating and talented speaker, he preaches the right way to build your community by explaining the wrong ways, like Grow Complacent, Live in the Past, Reject Everything New, Forget the Water, Shop Elsewhere. He has words of experience and wisdom applicable to any community. His afternoon focus was “Collaboration, Cooperation, and the Future of Communities.” In my mind he really nailed the realities we are all facing in a dynamic and changing world, from technology to workforce to environment to business.

What resonated with me was his message to manage and control our futures, don’t let outside forces divide us but find partners to work with us. That is the mission of CEDA. This organization was formed to gather the diverse local interests in our region, harness partnerships, and secure the necessary resources to build our communities. We hope to get Doug back here so more folks can engage with him.

You will notice that CEDA is growing. We are adding staff and we have new programs to implement. We have a budget set for FY24. As the Executive Director, I am proud of our organization and staff and look forward to what we can accomplish next year and beyond.


CEDA Receives Two Idaho Grant Awards

The Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) recently received funding awards to provide outreach, education, and strategic plan development in north central Idaho, which meets the agency’s goals to serve community and workforce development. This is a new and exciting opportunity for CEDA.

Under the Department of Health and Welfare’s Get Healthy Idaho Initiative, CEDA was awarded a competitive $100,000 grant dedicated to the cities of Orofino and Kamiah to help community members build healthy and resilient communities. The Clearwater River Corridor Collaborative initiative partners include the cities of Orofino and Kamiah, Clearwater and Lewis Counties, Public Health-Idaho North Central District, Nimiipuu Health, Kootenai Health, and school districts, among others.

CEDA is the third local recipient of GHI funding in the state. The project will form a local team and develop an implementable Community Action Plan. Get Healthy Idaho anticipates funding for the awarded community for up to four years. Subsequent years will include development and implementation of projects that address and mitigate health challenges in the corridor.

The second award CEDA received is through the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. CEDA will convene a collaboration of essential stakeholders to build partnerships among local existing experts in early childhood education to offer affordable, comprehensive early learning opportunities. The goal is to increase the success and viability of early learning centers which will improve long-long education development of young people and support the area workforce. The $50,000 grant ends December 2023; the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children anticipates program funding will be available for both 2024 and 2025.


CBYCC Summer Season Comes to an End

The Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps just completed its eight week summer season. This is the 5th year CEDA has operated the CBYCC program to provide educational workforce experience in natural resources for area youth. The program consisted of six crews stationed out Grangeville (2 crews), Kooskia (2 crews), Pierce, and Orofino. Each crew is comprised of a 5-person team of youth ages 16-18 and 1 adult crew leader. One residential crew was based in Kelly Forks, providing an opportunity for 18 year olds to gain experience on a Forest Service Trail Crew. In total, for the 2023 season, CEDA hired 30 local youth for the CBYCC day crews and 7 adult crew leaders.

Each crew works on a variety of projects including those that focus on silviculture, wildlife and fisheries, facilities maintenance, recreation, fuels reduction, trail development, weed management, stream restoration, and protection of heritage and other high conservation value sites. This season crews have also been working hard to support fire efforts across the region.

The intent is that work projects provide a valuable experience for the crew and also accomplish a produc-tive task for the sponsoring partner.

The Clearwater Basin Youth Conser-vation Corps is funded through partner agreement and cooperator contributions. The primary funding source and partner is the USDA Forest Service: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The Orofino crew is funded on a yearly basis through a competitive grant program offered by the USACE Walla Walla for education and training at Dworshak Reservoir. The National Park Service provided funding to support work on area park sites.

2023 Local Cooperator Funding Partners include: Idaho Firewise, Latah County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Orofino, Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources, and Latah County. Other contributors of time and funding to ensure the success of the program include Idaho Forest Group, Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Agency, Idaho Forest Group, and The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Thanks again for a Successful Season and we will be back next summer!


7th Annual Youth Conference A Success

The 7th annual Dream It Do It HERE Youth Conference, held May 16th on the University of Idaho Campus, drew 500 students and 54 counselors from 24 schools in north central Idaho and southeast Idaho.

Thirteen industries were spotlighted by 48 presenters from 29 businesses throughout the region. Over 30 volunteers from the region were on hand to ensure students and presenters felt welcome and knew when and where to be.

The purpose of the event is to:

  • Expose students to regional occupations through a series of employer-led breakout sessions
  • Connect students to career pathways offered through our local institutions that can prepare them for some of these occupations
  • Educate them on their value to our region’s future workforce

The day-long event featured five 30-minute breakout sessions, four with industry and one for higher education and vocational training. Industry representatives highlighted occupations in their industry, education/training pathways, wage range and work culture, job availability, as well as what they like about their respective jobs and what a typical day on the job is like. Lewis-Clark State, Walla Walla Community College, and University of Idaho presenters related educational pathways for the featured industries.

As many of those attending travel a great distance for the conference, the students are provided breakfast and lunch and a snack for the trip home. Opening ceremonies and lunch get wild as over 25+ door prizes ranging from tablets, $100 gift cards, backpacks, paddleboards, sporting equipment, and drones are awarded. Each student receives a book bag filled with SWAG from higher education, industry partners, and supporters.

This highly anticipated annual event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers.

This year’s major sponsors were: Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Program Fund & Tribal Enterprises and Idaho North and North Central EcosySTEM. Additional financial support was provided by Lewis-Clark State College, Northwest Intermountain Manufacturers Association, J-U-B Engineers, P1FCU, Walla Walla Community College, and Hillco Technologies.

Our gratitude is deeply extended to the businesses that kindly gave their time to share their experiences with the students:

  • Advanced Welding
  • Beautiful Downtown Lewiston
  • Best Western Hells Canyon Inn
  • CenterWell Home Health
  • CHAS Health
  • City of Lewiston Fire Department
  • City of Moscow Water Department
  • Clearwater River Casino
  • Fisher Systems
  • GeoProfessionals Innovation
  • Hillco Technologies
  • Idaho Department of Corrections
  • Idaho Department of Labor
  • J-U-B Engineers
  • Nez-Perce Clearwater
    National Forest
  • Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries
  • Palouse Police Department
  • Port of Lewiston
  • Potlatch #1 Financial Credit Union
  • PotlatchDeltic
  • Renaissance Marine
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Tri-State Memorial Hospital
  • Zions Bank

We look forward to May 21, 2024, when the 8th Annual Dream It Do It HERE Youth Conference will be hosted by LC State on the beautiful Lewis-Clark State College Campus.

Please contact Deb Smith, [email protected] if you are interested in being a sponsor or joining us an industry presenter that day.


Community Development Activity

  • Potlatch should be getting their new restroom in Scenic Six Park this fall!
  • Cottonwood’s restroom/pavilion is under construction.
  • CEDA is assisting Cottonwood on a much needed water project to address the city wells.
  • CEDA is also assisting St. Mary’s Hospital located in Cottonwood with an electrical upgrade project.
  • Kamiah received a generous donation of $500,000 from Freedom Northwest Credit Union to complete the city pool renovation.
  • CEDA is engaging with Elk City to address water system upgrade needs.
  • Kamiah also has a Community Development Block Grant that is helping pay for necessary Booster Station improvements.
  • Work has been continuously moving forward with the Craigmont, Juliaetta, Kendrick, New Meadows, and Nezperce water/wastewater projects.
  • Craigmont is pursuing funding for recreation courts in the city park.
  • Broadband projects are moving forward. CEDA is keeping up on all funding opportunities and supporting potential projects with the anticipated announcement of new funding.
  • Orofino installed the restroom in Champions Park! - featured photo

CEDA Launching Idaho Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

CEDA is accepting applications for financing through the Idaho Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (ISBRLF). Projects eligible for financing include both existing and start-up business development projects. The program will be offered across Idaho with CEDA serving the five counties of north central Idaho. The ISBRLF adds significantly to CEDA’s lending capabilities with loan maximums of $750,000 or 50% of the total project cost. The ISBRLF is a partnership with the Economic Development Districts of Idaho, the State of Idaho, and US Dept of Treasury Small Business Credit Initiative. For more information about the ISBRLF or other CEDA loan programs contact the CEDA office at 208-746-0015.

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