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Jobs Plus: LCDC Produced 6000 Jobs

Spokesman Keith Erickson provides this information from the 2013 Lake City Development Corp. planning session:

Steve Griffitts (pictured in ZoomInfo photo), president of Jobs Plus, told the board that the LCDC has provided an immeasurable impact on the job market over the past 15 years. “Your involvement with Jobs Plus has helped to contribute 6,000 jobs in this area since 1997,” Griffitts told the board. “There is such a great level of momentum generated by the LCDC.” Griffitts added that urban renewal is the best means the state of Idaho has to attract jobs in a competitive national market. Public works improvements funded by the LCDC have supported and sustained that growth, he added. “We've attracted companies here and kept them here because of your involvement with creating necessary infrastructure,” he said. Listing two examples, Griffitts said the LCDC helped bring in 500 jobs via the U.S. Bank call center on Seltice Way within the agency's River District, and 700 employees at Riverstone, which is thriving. “That area (Riverstone) has created so many jobs and included a tax base increase of more than $100 million,” Griffitts said. Full report here.

Question: Are you still skeptical re: job-creation impact of LCDC?

Company Recruitment Vital, But …

It takes three years to recruit a company to North Idaho. That’s what Steve Griffitts says, and he should know. Since August 2003, Griffitts has directed Jobs Plus, Inc., the region’s public-private economic development agency, bringing dozens of companies, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in payroll and property taxes along the way. So it takes roughly three years to land a company. But to lose one? That can happen seemingly overnight. When the threat looms, Griffitts quickly rallies an army to his side and together, they do whatever they can to restore order on the region’s economic battle front. They know that sometimes, a solid defense is even more important than a good offense/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jesse Tinsley 2008 SR file photo of Ron Nilson, center, and Steve Griffitts, right)

Question: How important has Jobs Plus been to Kootenai County/North Idaho?

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