C-o-n-n-e-c-t-i-n-g communities AND  business TO RESOURCES SINCE 1968

CEDAs mission is to assist business and communities by acting as a conduit to needed resources

CEDA’s ability to leverage networks is key to improving the lives of the people of north central Idaho. Since 2010, CEDA has delivered $43 million in direct grant resources for built infrastructure, projects, and programs AND provided $12 million in financing for start-up and small businesses.

CEDA promotes regional collaboration. By serving as the collective voice for north central Idaho, CEDA provides leadership and guidance in developing communities, diversifying the economy, and creating prosperity.

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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





CEDA Board Elects New Executive Team!
Published: July 1, 2024
Welcome our new Chair and Vice Chair to the CEDA Board!
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2024 Member Report
Published: May 22, 2024
Reviewing the activities that CEDA has been apart of over the past year!
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CEDA Launching Idaho Small Business Revolving Loan Fund
Published: September 1, 2023
CEDA is accepting applications for financing through the Idaho Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (ISBRLF).
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CEDA Receives Two Idaho Grant Awards
Published: September 1, 2023
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.
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Executive Director’s Note:
Published: September 1, 2023
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.
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Community Development Activity
Published: April 1, 2023
Potlatch was awarded $175,000 Community Development Block Grant for a new restroom in Scenic Six Park. Hoodoo, the Water/Sewer District in Harvard, was awarded $85,000 between DEQ and the Idaho GEM Grant for a wastewater Planning Study to fix their outdated wastewater system. 
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Executive Director's Note:
Published: April 1, 2023
Greetings! Springtime is the welcoming time as we enjoy longer days and the warmer season. Some big news for our region that had CEDA involvement is the award of $20 million by the Idaho Broadband Advisory Board to Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) and Intermountain Infrastructure Group (IIG) partnership to building open access middle mile broadband from Grangeville to Star.
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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 www.clearwater-eda.org to submit or send application materials to [email protected]