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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am

If you take the candidates at their word, there's no chance Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency is headed for the guillotine.

That doesn't mean a close shave isn't in store.

As they march down the campaign trail, including a televised forum last week, all but one of the candidates for Coeur d'Alene council and mayor say Lake City Development Corp. needs to sharpen its focus on economic development, with creation of good jobs at the head of the to-do list. While economic development has always been part of LCDC's mission, it hasn't taken center stage. In all likelihood, it will now.

Immediately, a deeper shadow is cast on LCDC investing all or almost all of its River District assets in one project that would create very few good, high-paying jobs. That's the proposed event center at or near Riverstone.

The impetus for supporters to get the event center show on the road pronto has been the uncertain future of LCDC. Their reasoning has been this: LCDC has put $10 million on the table for the center, a fortune that likely would vanish if LCDC is banished. Use it now or lose it, they've contended, and there has been some logic behind that urgency.

Supporters of the event center say sporting, entertainment and other events will primarily boost tourism, but what candidates for mayor and council are seemingly like-minded on is working harder to diversify the local economy and make it less reliant upon tourism. Oft-cited as a community to emulate is Twin Falls, which is seen as the state's most electrifying job generator over the past few years. How have they done it? Urban renewal, according to several Coeur d'Alene candidates.

Tax-increment financing in urban renewal causes short-term pain but, properly executed, the long-term gain is well worth the investment. Leveraging LCDC's muscle for strong growth of good jobs is something the whole community can get behind.

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  • julito posted at 1:19 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    julito Posts: 1

    Everyone can find a good job when business has a lot of benefits if the company can't change the employer.

    Nowadays it's complicate to find this kind of jobs. It is worse when we try to find this on Internet. Because they have never write the salary.

    Example: Jobs in Usa

     
  • Wolfeyes posted at 9:58 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Wolfeyes Posts: 77

    So now it seems that the city is aware that LCDC has created low wage jobs. What an absolute joke. If you go back to the forum, you will see it was Fillios that bought the job situation to the forefront and yet the press relegated their article to the city salaries. He is the one that noted the difference between Twin Falls and CDA job creation. Numbers of jobs and ROI (return on investment). Would Widmyer purchase a property with no return for his investment? So why should LCDC be paid large dollars from the tax payers sweat and have no return to the residents of the area with the exception of parks. Amy Evans stood there with smiles on her face when this city has serious issues. Is it beautiful, yes, is it attractive to the public and visitors, yes, however economic activity is anemic except for low wage jobs. All of you who are wondering who to vote for, go to the city website and watch the forum again and again to make your decision. This city is in your hands.

     
  • Intrepid posted at 6:33 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Intrepid Posts: 1057

    Long term 'good' jobs? How is any job in the service sector 'good'? The LCDC brings us no high tech industry. There are no high paying financial business centers within the LCDC.

    There will be maids, janitors, gardeners, food preparations and servers, shoe polishers and laundry personnel - high paying careers steeped in accomplishment and dripping with pride. Maybe NIC could add a new degree program: Scraping bubble gum from the sidewalk -

    What a stupid editorial.

     
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