Sunday, March 13, 2011

National treasures anchor economic and population growth in Idaho

Submitted by Rocky Barker on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 10:45am.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Teton County was the fastest-growing county in Idaho.

It lies on the west slope of the Tetons where a two hour walk can get you into Teton National Park and a two hour drive can get you into Yellowstone National Park. A twenty-minute drive takes you to Grand Targhee’s deep powder for skiing in the winter.

Teton County grew by 69.5 percent in the last decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Even adjacent Fremont County, which lies on Yellowstone’s boundary with only a gravel road entrance grew by 11 percent.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Help Us with the Economic Model

We will be meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM (March 8) to continue the review of the over 400 business codes that define the economy of Butte County.  Your help in reviewing the numbers and helping decide if the numbers are reasonable is imperative to the model building process.  Everyone is welcome.

We will meet Wednesday morning at 9 AM (March 9th) to discuss how to aggregate the economy to make it more understandable.  We will be naming the sectors in our economic and decide which codes should be applied to each of our sectors.

The discussions will be facilitate by Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez of the University of Idaho Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology who is helping use build our county and regional models.

Friday, March 4, 2011

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Help Develope and Economic Model for Butte County March 7th

Horizons participants, as well as local government officials, business owners and all other interested members of the community are invited to participate in developing an economic model of Butte County and Central Idaho using Participatory Social Accounting and Facilitation (PSAF). Dr. Abelardo Rodríguez, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology of the University of Idaho, will make three trips to central Idaho to assist community members in developing county and regional models that will permit them to understand the economic linkages in their communities and identify opportunities for economic development. Members of the community will meet with Dr. Rodríguez on Monday, March 7th at 6:00 PM for a no-host supper at the Golden West Café for an introduction to the modeling process and a discussion of how the model can be used by community members. The PSAF approach for economic modeling is different from other approaches to economic development in the sense that it involves the community in the modeling process and provides participants with the tools to understand and use the model in the future. Community input is imperative to obtain a realistic representation of our economy.