and Economic Development
Idaho’s rural leaders need all the help they can
get to create more livable and sustainable communities. With tight budgets
and limited staff, finding resources to improve community infrastructure
or develop strategic plans for economic and community development is often
the last on the long list of demands. However, in South-Central Idaho,
our community leaders find that help is just a phone call away.
What can RIVDA do for your community?
For almost three decades, Region IV Development Association
has been providing hands-on technical assistance to towns throughout southern
Idaho - from helping with basic infrastructure development (sewer, water,
fire protection) to assisting with community building (Gem Community training,
visioning, and comprehensive planning). Region IV staff can assist with
town meetings, preparing funding applications, and project administration.
Counties Served (including communities within
Twin Falls County
What funding programs do we work with?
The Region IV Development Association currently operates or has involvement
in a wide variety of programs, projects and activities that directly impact
communities across the region. Whether you are looking for help with community
infrastructure planning or implementation, RIVDA staff can help. Among
the programs we work with are:
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Planning Grant;
Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program;
Idaho Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG) program;
Economic Development Administration Public Works grant program;
Economic Development Administration Title IX LTED grant program;
USDA Rural Development - Community Infrastructure;
Gem Community Certification Training; and
US Forest Service – Rural Community Assistance
Economic Development Administration (EDA) - Planning
The Association operates under a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration to assist local units of government
with economic development planning and community development planning
activities. One function under this program is the annual development
and compilation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
planning document. This document outlines the resources for and the constraints
to growth being experienced by the cities and counties throughout the
Region. The CEDS includes the "Community Wish-List", providing
a focal point for prioritizing development efforts.
Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)
On an annual basis, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) allocates roughly $10.0 million in Block Grant funds to the State
of Idaho. Administered through the Department of Commerce – Block
Grant funds can be used for the development of housing and public infrastructure;
senior centers and community centers; and to support the local governments’
efforts in response to a natural disaster or an imminent threat to health
and safety. Eligibility is limited to small cities and counties with populations
classified under HUD guidelines as being predominantly of low and moderate
income. Funding allocations are based on an annual competitive application
process. Block Grant funding is also available for economic development
projects. Economic Development projects are also evaluated competitively
under a separate category and must provide job opportunities to people
of low and moderate income.
Idaho Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG) Program
In 2001, the Idaho Legislature passed the rural initiative to assist rural
communities diversify their economies. Two new funding programs emerged
from this legislation, the Rural Community Block Grant Program (RCBG)
and the Gem Implementation Grant Program (GCI). The objective of both
programs is to support publicly owned infrastructure and assets required
for business development and job creation.
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public
Works Grants -
The Economic Development Administration maintains a program designed to
assist communities with projects that will promote growth and the creation
of employment opportunities. The grant program is available for the funding
of construction projects that include public infrastructure - sewer and
water lines, road access, and other infrastructure required for the operation
of business and industry.
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Title
IX LTED Grants -
The Economic Development Administration provides grant assistance to communities
and regional organizations for projects that will directly analyze or
impact the long-term economic stability of the area. Projects under this
program can include assessments and planning studies as well as implementation
of strategies to change the economic direction of the community. (LTED
- Long Term Economic Deterioration)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
(formerly FmHA) Community Development Grants/Loans for Infrastructure
Similar to EDA public works funds, USDA RD loan/grant combinations can
be used to support infrastructure development by rural communities. Population
guidelines and income levels must meet national criteria for funding.
Uses have included water and sewer projects, community facilities and
fire safety equipment.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
– Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG)
This grant program is generally used to assist in the development of innovative
small business applications. Currently, the Association is using this
grant source to develop a feasibility evaluation for new incubator facilities.
In cooperation with the College of Southern Idaho, the Association intends
to determine the need and feasibility of a new incubator to serve the
needs of the small business community of South-Central Idaho.
Mainstreet Revitalization -
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has developed a four-step
system - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring -
for assisting communities with downtown revitalization efforts.
Gem Community -
The Idaho Department of Commerce conducts a similar community development
planning process under their Gem Community program. Community leaders
and concerned citizens are encouraged to work together to find resolution
to common problems in the community. These groups are also vital in providing
a comprehensive response team for business diversification inquiries.
RIVDA staff acts as a resource for both the Rural Revitalization through
Forestry and the Gem Community programs.