Sunday, January 9, 2011



The Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce is in the process of creating a 501c3 non-profit subsidiary organization called the Garden Valley Job Creation/Retention Council with the State of Idaho and the US IRS. As a non-profit whose purpose is to create new jobs and retain existing jobs in the greater Garden Valley area (Banks to Lowman), the council will apply for significant grants to support job growth projects. Council members must be members of the Chamber as individuals or businesses.

To best meet the needs of all citizens, business owners and employees, the council will hold an initial meeting at 6:00 p.m. for two hours, in the Crouch Community Hall, on January 13, 2011.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop the foundation for a strategic “Game Plan” for the greater Garden Valley area. That plan will identify specific job-producing opportunities and the infrastructure and education projects necessary to make them successful. It will provide a schedule of activities that must be accomplished to obtain the grants necessary to finance the projects.

The “Game Plan” meeting will follow the general chamber meeting and if Chamber members don’t wish to stay for that portion of the meeting, they are welcome to come to the “meet and eat” chamber meeting and then leave.

While the Chamber and its council will implement the plan when it is complete, input from all citizens is requested. The council needs to be sure all interests are included in the plan. A second meeting reviewing the results of the plan will be held in February, in time to complete it. The plan will then become the foundation for inclusion in the updated Southwestern Idaho Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy update necessary for grant applications.

All are invited. Please RSVP to the Garden Valley Chamber at 208-462-5003. We need your name, phone number and email address so we can plan properly and contact everyone regarding the outcomes.

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