October Newsletter 2023


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.


We stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Idaho and the United States, celebrating their rich cultures, profound wisdom, and enduring resilience. Together, we can work toward a future that honors diversity, respects heritage, and ensures every voice is heard.

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RIVDA: Southern Idaho is growing into its future, and we're here to help... Dr. Michele McFarlane, RIVDA Community Development Planner

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Link Up Idaho and the Idaho Office of Broadband are thrilled to introduce Broadband 101, a groundbreaking statewide initiative and event series aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to every corner of our beautiful state.

Broadband 101 is here to educate attendees about the benefits of high-speed internet, but also to hear the thoughts and ideas on how we can improve broadband expansion in your area.

In today’s digitally-driven world, high-speed internet has become an indispensable tool for education, healthcare, business, public safety, and daily communication. Broadband 101 will explain the benefits that high-speed internet can bring to your community, including:

  • Economic Growth
  • Telemedicine and Healthcare
  • Improved Communication
  • Public Safety
  • Enhanced Education

Obtaining funding for broadband projects in your rural community might seem overwhelming, but Broadband 101 is here to help guide you through the process. We will provide information on available funding options, grants, and support to make your community’s broadband dreams a reality.

We believe that the best solutions come from those who experience the challenges firsthand—YOU! We want to hear your thoughts and priorities on broadband expansion in your community. Your feedback will shape our future policies and initiatives to ensure that no one in Idaho is left behind in the digital age. Some ideas for engaging your community include:

  • Community Meetings: Participate in our interactive community meetings where you can share your experiences, concerns, and ideas about broadband expansion.
  • Online Surveys: For those unable to attend in person, we offer online surveys to gather your valuable input conveniently.
  • Broadband Action Teams: Join or create local task forces to drive broadband initiatives within your community, working in collaboration with Broadband 101.

We would like to ask you to join us at Broadband 101, and together, let’s unlock the immense potential of high-speed internet for all Idahoans.

Upcoming Events
Below is a list of upcoming Broadband 101 events and locations. Click the embedded links for more information on the event and how to register.
South Central Idaho – September 16
Panhandle – October 5
North Central Idaho – October 19
Southeast Idaho – October 26
Northern Southeast Idaho – November 2
Western Idaho – November 15

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) of $2 million through the HOPE VI Main Street Program. This grant program provides assistance to communities looking to create affordable housing in central business districts (Main Street areas) that are undergoing redevelopment. HUD is looking to target Main Street areas in cities with this funding opportunity.
“HUD recognizes that cities are in need of revitalization across the country,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “We want to support city governments in their efforts to restore economically crucial business districts by providing housing in these areas.”
The main program objectives are to:
  1. Redevelop Main Street areas
  2. Preserve historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units
  3. Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas
  4. Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas
Eligible applicants are limited to Units of General Local Governments with a population of 50,000 or less and 100 or fewer public housing units within its jurisdiction.

Last Chance! The application deadline is on 10/12/2023.
To learn more about the program and apply, visit here.


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

October SBA 504 Interest Rates

25 Year - 7.22%

20 Year - 7.27%

10 Year - 7.07%


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: 

Adeanna Jenkins - Community Development Planner

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

Brenda Hastreiter - Project Specialist

(208) 732-5727 x 3007, bhastreiter@csi.edu 

Dr. Michele McFarlane - Community Development Planner

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



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.


Jeff McCurdy
President and CEO


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