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Posted: Nov 16, 2006  08:26

Rural Northern Idaho Communities Selected for Horizons

UI Extension Mobilizes Resources to Strengthen Rural Communities


Fourteen northern Idaho communities have been selected to participate in the Horizons program, a long-term partnership between the University of Idaho and the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation. The Horizons program is designed to empower citizens to make rural Idaho a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Over the next twenty months, Idaho Horizons communities will participate in a series of community conversations to develop greater awareness and understanding of poverty, in-depth community leadership training, and a powerful community visioning and action process. This training and support will be provided by University of Idaho Extension, a Horizons project partner with the Northwest Area Foundation.

Horizons communities have between 100 and 5000 residents and poverty rate of 10 percent or greater as reported in the 2000 Census. Horizons communities are Bonners Ferry, Bovill, Cascade, Coeur d’Alene Reservation (Plummer, Worley, Tensed, Desmet), Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kendrick/Juliaetta, Kooskia, Riggins, Silver Valley (Kellogg, Pinehurst, Wardner, Smelterville), St. Maries, Stites, Troy, and Upriver (Fernwood, Santa, Emida). Each town will have a community coach to help guide them through the process and provide ongoing support for the community’s goals.

For more information, please contact Sarah Howe, University of Idaho Extension, at 208-267-3235 or E-mail Sarah Howe


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