April Newsletter 2024


Monthly newsletter from
Region IV Development Association, Inc.

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The Region IV Development office will be closed Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
"April is a reminder that life is a beautiful, ever-renewing cycle."
-E.E. Cummings

Cheryl has worked in nonprofit for ten years. She started her nonprofit career working for a local Chamber of Commerce in North Dakota and relocating to Jerome, where she spent over five years running the Jerome Chamber of Commerce.
Cheryl began her career in curriculum development at the Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. After moving to the United States in 2000, she continued in higher education and then stayed home to raise her three children. Upon reentering the workforce, she spent a short time in banking and eventually ended up in a nonprofit. After earning her bachelor's degree, she then went on to earn an MBA degree specializing in Marketing.
Some of her successes at the Chambers include membership growth, social media marketing, and leadership program development. One of her favorite projects was launching the Youth Leadership Program, working with High School students and taking them on industry tours to learn about future jobs.
Cheryl is an accomplished writer and presenter. She has presented nationally at Chamber conventions, sharing her expertise and knowledge and authoring leadership blog posts and articles for the local newspaper.
She has lived in two Canadian provinces and five US states in communities and metropolises of all sizes, giving her a broad perspective on the uniqueness of each community. Cheryl is earning a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and is passionate about serving communities and helping businesses grow.
Cheryl is excited to work with Region IV and the REDS program to help small rural communities thrive.
Contact her today!
(208) 732-5727 x3013

And the Region IV winners of the 2024 March Madness bracket:
Women's - Brandy Lowe
Men's - Adeanna Jenkins

In February 2023,
RIVDA collaborated with the Idaho Department of Commerce to prepare an application to participate in an EDA-funded Policy Academy focusing on “Aligning State and Regional Economic Development Strategies and Actions.”
Idaho was one of six states in the nation, and the only state in the Seattle Region, to be selected to participate in this opportunity directed by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).
The project team named the initiative 44Go! (to represent the 44 counties in the State) and established a vision of “To formalize and institutionalize collaborative regional and state planning processes to create an inclusive economic development community within the state”. The project highlighted the importance of collaboration and alignment between the State and Economic Development organizations in order to leverage the greatest number of resources for the residents of Idaho.  
If you have any questions about 44Go! contact
Community and Economic Development Manger


Region IV Development Loan Programs

Looking for financing for your business? Give us a call to see if we can assist your business with one of our loan programs.

Contact a loan officer today-
Rob Atkins, Loan Programs Manager
(208) 732-5727 ext. 3002
Amy Brinkman, Loan Officer

(208) 732-5727 ext. 3006
Tommy Jorgensen, Business Development Officer
(208) 403-2403 - Treasure Valley


February SBA 504 Interest Rates

25 Year - 6.60%

20 Year - 6.78%

10 Year - 6.69%



For more than four decades, Region IV Development Association has been providing hands-on technical assistance to communities throughout southern Idaho – from helping with basic infrastructure development (sewer, water, fire protection, community centers and senior centers) to assisting with community building (training, visioning, and comprehensive planning).

Our team can assist with town meetings, preparing funding applications, and project administration. 

Are you a community leader with a wish list full of infrastructure improvements to your city or county?

Call us today!

Our Team:

Dr. Michele McFarlane - Community and Economic Development Manager

(208) 732-5727 x3005, mamcfarlane@csi.edu

Adeanna Jenkins - Community Development Planner

(208) 732-5727 x3008, adeannajenkins@csi.edu

Brandy Lowe - Admin and Project Assistance

(208) 732-5727 x3001, belowe@csi.edu

Teaming up with the Idaho Department of Commerce CDBG program and
Region IV Development, the City of Hansen's Rolling Hills Park has been updated with new playground structures, outdoor exercise equipment, ADA accessibility, and ADA parking!
Rolling Hills Park proves the power of collaboration between
economic development districts and local communities...together we can turn goals into tangible reality across our beautiful state.

From Our Partners

Mental Toughness
Passion, Perserverance, and Overcoming Challenges.
Thank you again to the
Small Business Development Center
for an amazing ABC Conference this year!


Jeff McCurdy
President and CEO


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