Thursday, September 30, 2010

Butte Communities Steering Committee Meets Monday October 4th

The Horizons, Butte Communities Steering Committee will meet on Monday October 6th at 7 pm in the BIC. Items of discussion will included:

1) assistance for assisting development of a social economic model for central Idaho, including development of regional cooperation

2) work on the development of a non-profit community development association to apply for and administer grants,

3) reports from action teams

a. building the economy – Saturday Market

b. building community –community garden/community gatherings

c. community pride

d. life long learning – classes underway and to be offered.

4) Regional coaching

5) Regional community development opportunities

Community Firewood Program Gets Underway Saturady October 2nd: Volunteers Needed!

The Butte County Community firewood program begins delivery on Saturday October 2nd. Volunteers are needed to load, deliver and stack approximately 80 cords of firewood for persons in our community who need assistance with home heating issues this winter. The program is part of a fuels reduction and community assistance program operated in collaboration with the US Forest Service, Butte County and community volunteers.

Volunteers should gather Saturday October 2nd with pickups, trailers and a strong back at Garner’s Rough Cuts, at the Big Bend, west of Arco at 9 am. Load, deliver and stack firewood for persons in our community who need assistance. Deliveries will continue each Saturday, beginning at 9 am until all the firewood has been delivered.

For questions or additional information, contact the Butte County Commission at 5273021.

Friday, September 24, 2010

An Input-Output Model for Butte County

Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez from the University of Idaho, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, is interested in building an input-model for the Butte County and or the central Idaho region.  This model would also be a "social accounting" model that would also tell us how changes in our economy affect people at different socio-economic levels.  These models provide good documentation for grant applications and negotiations with other governmental agencies.  Since these models tease out "hidden" connections in the economy, they are helpful in predicting the outcome of good or bad changes in the economy and may help focus community discussions on where short and long-term economic development efforts should be focused.

With the recent deep cuts in personnel and travel budgets at the University, Dr. Rodriguez will need our help to fund the necessary travel to work with the community to be sure that the model reflects our situation, and to come and report to the community on the results.

To see and example of this type of work for the Teton Region, go to

Monday, September 20, 2010

Regional Economic Model Development

Dr. Abelardo Rodrigues from the Univeristy of Idaho Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Socialology is planning a study of the economy of central Idaho that will leader to a regional economic model. He is also working on a e-commerce education program. He will be available to discuss the project on Tuesday evening, September 21st at 7:00 pm in the BIC, or by appointment on Wednesday by call the Extension Office at 527-8587.

Lost River Leadership Academy Begins October 15th

It’s Leadership Academy time again. This year brings some changes. The academy has been cut from 11 sessions to 9 and will run from October – June. This year (finally!) the Academy has been designed to include a year end community project and an hour planning time at the end of each day toward that project. It will also include one session of Leadership Plenty – the leadership training program offered through Horizons.

We have also changed our approach to planning. We officially changed the commitment to a single year, but added the community project. In light of all the consolidation of sessions, and the changes to the calendar, we decided it would be difficult to utilize the committees from last year in the planning….so your off the hook!

Deadline for registration is Friday October 8th and the first session will be Friday, October 15th in Challis. Please spread the word and encourage others from your community to participate. The best endorsement comes from you, Alumni. I hope you will talk to your friends and family and encourage them to register!

For more information follow the links below:
LRLA Brochure
LRLA Registration

Michelle M. Holt, Executive Director
Lost Rivers Economic Development
P.O. Box 46
Arco, ID 83213
(208) 527-3060 Ext. 11
(208) 339-5900 Cell