Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Representatives from the City of Cottonwood and the City of Nezperce were among eight participants honored by Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) upon their completion of a yearlong Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) entitled Community Projects: “Putting all the Pieces Together for Success.”
Representatives from four area communities completed 20 hours of training and were awarded certificates at the group’s Dec. 16 meeting. In addition to Cottonwood and Nezperce, class participants from the cities of Juliaetta and Potlatch were recognized.
CEDA, a regional planning organization of which Cottonwood and Nezperce are members, is able to facilitate RCDI classes thanks to a USDA Rural Development grant. Grant funds are used to bolster North Central Idaho communities by providing the opportunity for community leaders to receive training in successfully developing, implementing, and sustaining projects. Participants attended seminars and classes where CEDA staff, state and local resource providers, and other community leaders shared knowledge and technical assistance for community projects.
Learning in the classes and workshops was augmented by “hands on” technical assistance on a project of the community’s choice. Carol Altman, clerk-treasurer, and Shelli Schumacher, council member from the City of Cottonwood, used the class as a tool to help with the ongoing Cottonwood Senior Center project. The Senior Center is currently in construction with an anticipated completion date of spring 2016. Rhonda Schmidt, clerk-treasurer, and Jerry Elven, council member, from the City of Nezperce, received technical assistance on the Nezperce Regional Emergency Services building, which proposes the construction of a centralized building to house the rural fire district, city fire department, and ambulance services. An Idaho Community Development Block Grant application for project funding was submitted to the Idaho Department of Commerce in November. Skills learned in the class will be applied by participants to future community projects as well.
Representatives from the cities of Culdesac, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Riggins will begin training in January.
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