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Southern Idaho Rural Development hires director

Larry Hall

Larry Hall

Southern Idaho Rural Development has hired Larry Hall as its director. The organization was formed earlier this year to help rural Twin Falls County communities with business expansion, relocations, and new business development.

Hall will be responsible for working with the seven rural communities in the county to establish economic development opportunities through urban renewal agencies. While URAs are being developed, projects will be identified that could draw new businesses, expand local businesses, and help create jobs.

Hall currently serves as a board member of the City of Twin Falls URA and will work out of Region IV Development Association offices in Twin Falls.

The Southern Idaho Rural Development program is primarily funded by a grant from the Idaho Department of Commerce and supported with funds from Twin Falls County, Business Plus, Region IV and from the rural communities that will benefit from the effort.

“There has been an interest to support economic development in our rural communities for several years, but the funding just wasn’t there,” Joe Herring, president of Region IV, said.

SIRD will establish a board of directors who will oversee the program.

“Most of our rural communities don’t have the means to hire their own economic development person,” Hall said. “In this new position, I look forward to utilizing my skills to help each of them grow business and add jobs in their communities.”

Hall brings over 30 years experience in corporate finance, banking, and strategic planning to the position. He can be reached at (208) 732-5727, ext. 3015, or by e-mail at larry@rivda.org.

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