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IRP Taking Applications for Idaho Community Reviews

Tuesday, February 23, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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January 28, 2016

1090 E. Watertower Street, Ste. 100 ● Meridian, ID 83642 ● (208) 332-1730 ●



Dear Rural Community Leader,


The Idaho Rural Partnership invites you to apply for a community review to benefit your city or county in 2016 or 2017.  Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP) is the designated by the State as Idaho’s rural development council.  We are a collaboration of government, business, education, and nonprofit stakeholders who share an interest in the success and prosperity of rural Idaho. 


What is a community review? It is a mini-strategic planning process designed and conducted in coordination with leaders, business owners, and residents in your community.  A 2-3 day visit to your community by a team of community and economic development professionals is the centerpiece of the program.  The members of this “visiting team” volunteer their time and talents to help rural communities manage change and pursue goals on their own terms. 


The community review process will leave your community with increased clarity about its goals and opportunities, improved coordination among business and community organizations, a substantial in-kind contribution that can be used to support future grant applications, and increased awareness of available funding and other resources. Additional information about the review process and the benefits to your community are found in this application packet.  Still more information, including written reports from the 35 community reviews we’ve completed, is found on Idaho Rural Partnership’s website at review/.


The goal of IRP and our partners is to conduct three community reviews from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.  Specific months available include:  September 2016, March 2017, and June 2017.  The application deadline for this current application cycle is April 15, 2016.


Please review the attached application packet, then contact any of the individuals below to express your interest in applying or to ask any questions you may have.


We look forward to working with you, should your community decide to benefit from this opportunity.




Jon Barrett or Vickie Winkel, Idaho Rural Partnership, 208-332-1730

Lori Porreca, Federal Highway Administration, 208-334-9180

Lorie Higgins, University of Idaho, 208-885-9717

Jerry miller, Idaho Dept. of Commerce, 208-334-2470

Erik Kingston, Idaho Housing & Finance Association, 208-331-4706

Stephanie Cook, Idaho National Laboratory, 208-526-1644

John Meyers or Brian Dale, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 208-334-1088

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