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Posted on: March 8, 2017

City of Twin Falls Selected As Recipient of National Economic Development Assistance Program

The City of Twin Falls is one of four communities selected by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to receive technical assistance in developing small-scale manufacturing for downtown revitalization. The assistance will be provided at no cost to the city through Smart Growth America, which is a national program focused on creating economic opportunities through small business development.

“Small-scale manufacturing, which generally includes entrepreneurial, specialized, and boutique-style manufacturing operations, has emerged as a new tool for economic development in urban areas,” said Nathan Murray, City of Twin Falls Economic Development Director. “Smart Growth America’s new technical assistance program helps cities such as Twin Falls integrate small-scale manufacturing spaces into urban redevelopment efforts.”

Cities that previously relied on large-scale manufacturing to sustain local economies are now diversifying to recognize specialized skills and industries that are unique to their communities, according to the EDA. Fifty-nine organizations, which include municipal government, non-profit, as well as regional- and state-level organizations, in 28 states applied for the program. According to the EDA, all the organizations had a strong understanding of economic development and urban revitalization. 

Buoyed by a strong agriculture and food processing industry, the City of Twin Falls seeks to find uses for its underutilized warehousing district in unison with other downtown redevelopment initiatives. The city, the smallest and most remote of the four to be selected, is seeking to diversify its economic base, with a focus on outdoor recreation products given their location and beautiful surroundings. In addition, the city is working toward workforce training that improves wages for its diverse community.