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Otter announces rural economic development funding

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that 17 rural areas in the state have been selected to share $500,000 per year in funding to support full-time economic development professionals.

The selected areas will receive financial support from July 1, 2010, through at least June 30, 2011, with the opportunity of continued support through 2013, an Idaho Department of Commerce release said.

The Economic Development Professionals Program began in 2001 under the Idaho Rural Initiative. The state contributes to the salary of economic development experts serving rural communities, working in partnership with local boards of directors and other groups to bring new jobs and investment to rural Idaho, the Department of Commerce said.

“Rural communities contain the character of Idaho, and they epitomize the quality of life that makes Idaho great,” Otter said. “Hard-working economic development professionals help these rural areas chart their own course for business development and vitality.”

Recipients include:

• Benewah County, $35,000
• Boundary County, $35,000
• Clearwater County, $35,000
• Shoshone County, $35,000
• Custer County, $32,000
• Clark County, $32,000
• Power County, $30,000
• Lemhi County, $28,000
• Blaine County, $27,500
• Butte County, $15,000
• Idaho and Lewis counties, $35,000
• Rural Canyon and Owyhee counties, $30,000
• Adams, Boise, Gem, Valley counties, $30,000
• Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Bear Lake, $35,000
• Rural Latah County, $25,500
• Rural Twin Falls County, $27,500
• Washington and Payette counties, $12,500

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