November Newsletter 2022


Monthly newsletter from
Region IV Development Association, Inc.

Visit Our Website


"November comes and November goes. With the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early and dawn coming late, and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate. The fires burn and the kettles sing, and earth sinks to rest until next spring."

-Clyde Watson

The Region IV Development office will be closed Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Holiday Schedule: 

Region IV Development Office Closed:

November 24, 25 - Thanksgiving

December 26 - Christmas Day, Observed

Jan 2 - New Years Day, Observed


Region IV Development Association Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2022 Impact Award

Region IV Development Association based in Twin Falls, Idaho has received a 2022 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the “Resilience for South-Central Idaho” project.

With support from the Economic Development Administration, Region IV Development Association initiated a project to reimagine how the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) addresses Resiliency. The types of economic shocks addressed in the chapter was expanded to better capture the experiences of all eight counties and 34 communities. Numerous meetings and collaborations with area stakeholders were held to better understand the existing weaknesses and develop action plans for immediate response and future preparation. “We are so honored to receive recognition from NADO for our work examining the resiliency of South-central Idaho,” said Dr. Michele McFarlane, RIVDA Community Development Planner. “We are committed to assisting the cities and counties of the region in promoting ongoing prosperity and this project is just one piece of the puzzle." 

Development of the Resilience “chapter” also lead RIVDA to initiate broad changes to their CEDS document as a whole to ensure content is relevant and formatting is not a barrier to use and accessibility. “Our CEDS represents an ongoing effort for regional collaboration among community and business leaders. We are thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of our regional partners and their efforts to be resilient in times of adversity," said Jeff McCurdy, President and CEO of RIVDA.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities 

Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2022 Annual Training Conference, held in Pittsburgh, PA on October 15-18. The 2022 class of award recipients consists of 107 projects from 71 organizations spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images.

“Regional development organizations and their partners have played an integral role in supporting local communities during this important time of economic recovery,” said 2021-2022 NADO President Misty Crosby, former executive director of the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, located in Marietta, OH. “This year’s Impact Awards recipients demonstrate the many ways our member organizations serve their communities by promoting economic development, fostering resilience, and improving quality of life for residents.”

The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Dr. Michele McFarlane, (208) 732-5727 ext. 3005,


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

November SBA 504 Interest Rates

25 Year - 6.31%

20 Year - 6.22%

10 Year - 6.27%


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). The Region IV Development 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 our office today:

Our Team:

Adeanna Jenkins - Community Development Planner
(208) 732-5727 x3008,

Brenda Hastreiter - Project Specialist
(208) 732-5727 x3007,

Dr. Michele McFarlane - Community Development Planner
(208) 732-5727 x3005,


Jeff McCurdy
President and CEO


Region IV Development Mission

To develop partnerships to promote economic opportunities by acting as a catalyst in providing resources that foster resilient communities across Southern Idaho.


The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy contributes to effective economic development by utilizing a locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process. Our regional plan is strategy-driven and will enable RIVDA in creating an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen our regional economy.

The RIVDA CEDS analyzes the regional economy, addresses regional economic problems, and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives.

 Click the CEDS to read more.


Follow Us