NEWSREVIEW.pngIssue 32/April 2015

Our mission is to bring together resources to achieve Coeur d’Alene’s vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant central city, a strong regional economy, sustainable, superior public open spaces, and quality jobs and housing for all.

Planning: A critical component of good management and governance

Planning helps assure that an organization remains relevant and responsive to the needs of its community, and contributes to organizational stability and growth. It is an ongoing process of self-examination, the confrontation of difficult choices, and a venue to establish priorities.

On that note, each year Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC) holds a strategic planning session to chart a course for the coming year, andstrategic-puzzle-piece.jpg to measure the effectiveness and outcome of its previously stated goals. This year’s Strategic Planning Session will be held May 6, 2015 at the Kroc Center. A number of community leaders are anticipated to make presentations to the board. The meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment as well.

LCDC’s strategic goals for the Lake and River Districts are listed below in bold print, followed by fiscal year 2015’s tactical goals designed to help achieve the strategic goal. At this year’s session the board will discuss the established goals and discuss for the organization's priorities, procedures, and operations (strategies).

Each board member is a dedicated volunteer to this process, and individually brings a unique set of skills and knowledge in a variety of business, industry and public service experiences. They are charged with a critically important aspect of our community’s future, and must exercise good measure in their determinations.

Public Space: Includes the acquisition and planning of the BNSF abandoned right-of-way that extends from the Higher Education Campus to Huetter Rd., the Four Corners project, and the Atlas Mill site within LCDC’s scope.

Communication: Regularly invite community leaders and stakeholders to Board meetings, continue to implement LCDC’s communications strategy, participate in the Urban Land Institute’s Idaho chapter programs that are held in Coeur d’Alene, and partner with other stakeholders to fulfill the CDA 2030 Visioning Implementation Plan.

Higher Education Campus (HEC): Pursue the Joint Use Building opportunity with higher education institutions.

Finance: Continue to frequently review of district economic forecasting models.

Parking: Continue land assemblage opportunities for future downtown parking facilities, rationalize parking needs for the Central Business District (CBD), county campus, and areas within the HEC.

Workforce Housing: Partner with the Idaho Housing and Finance Association and The Housing Company to bring the Midtown mix-use project to fruition.

Jobs: Continue the health care jobs exploration initiative with partner stakeholders, explore job creation opportunities within the Atlas mill site area within the LCDC’s scope, and explore high-tech job partnership opportunities.

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In a continuing effort to explore high-tech job partnership opportunities, LCDC will once again help sponsor the Innovation Collective’s Think Big Festival. Last year’s festival was an enormous success, and this year’s collection of speakers is even more impressive. 

The Think Big Festival is presented by The Innovation Collective, a local organization founded by entrepreneur Nick Smoot, aimed at establishing North Idaho as a tech startup hub.

Speaking with Smoot, he related “The goal of the Think Big Festival is twofold. One, to establish the most premier robotics conference in the world right here in Coeur d’Alene. Two, to mix the brilliant minds in our community with the brilliant minds around the world creating a fantastic environment for innovation that benefits our community. This year folks from Microsoft, Qualcomm, Singularity University, Johns Hopkins, Harbrick, and many other key players in the robotics and tech revolution are attending and ready to bring their skills and insight into our community.” 

nick-smoot.jpgThe 2015 Think Big Festival will be a three-day event held this August 20-22 at North Idaho College. The event will feature: an expert’s only summit, a concert, conference, a city wide networking event ending on the beach, and a robotic experience day which is destined to become “the first conference in the world to offer self-driving car rides to attendees”, added Smoot. The robotics experience day will also include operating robots, controlling underwater drones, and experiencing 3D printers. 

One of the other elements that will make this conference so special will be the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the most incredible people involved in today’s robotics and innovation fields. 

Tickets are available online at To subscribe to the Innovation Collective’s email list for updates visit


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The new closing date for the purchase of the BNSF Railroad right-of-way by the City and LCDC has been moved to May 28, 2015. This was done to allow the brownfields specialists at The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), time to perform a Phase 1 environmental analysis of the right-of-way corridor. 

Brownfield sites are the remnants of our industrial past. They are the result of heavy industrial activity that did not pay as much attention to environmental concerns as we do today. The DEQ has established programs to assist communities in brownfield site cleanup, so these sites can be recycled back into use. One of the benefits of participating in the DEQ brownfields program is that it allows us to obtain help with funding any environmental cleanup that may be required to ensure safe use of the property by the public. BNSF is cooperating with us in this environmental analysis.

Gridley_Mike.jpgThe public’s ownership of this narrow but extensive strip of land opens up prime opportunities for waterfront development.

"The average citizen should be excited because with this purchase the public will have an opportunity to create more beautiful green space along the Spokane River."
Michael Gridley, CDA City Attorney

People will be able to travel from downtown to Mill River on the west side of town along a greenbelt that will allow views and access to the Spokane River. Very few other cities in the country will be able to match the beautiful public space in Coeur d'Alene. This will attract quality businesses and employers that will provide jobs and other benefits for the community, added Gridley.

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Community profile

Editor's note: As part of the LCDC's continuing commitment to maximize public awareness about community issues and the agency, we offer monthly profiles of community leaders. This month, we feature Teree Taylor, Communications Designer for LCDC and the CDA Chamber of Commerce.


Teree Taylor
Communications Designer

About me: A native Californian, I lived in cities both north and south. Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, and Danville. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, Los Angeles, with an AA in Merchandise Marketing, I enjoyed a career in the fashion industry for 20 years working as an Advertising/Art Director for a fashion buying office, and a sportswear manufacturer. I feel fortunate to have experienced working among a wealth of ethnically and culturally diverse group of professionals.  In search of a greener landscape I landed in Sandpoint in 1996 where I discovered that more than one job is often required to get by in a small tourist town. I worked as a graphic designer, bartender, restaurant manager, chef and Realtor®. I served as board president for the Sandpoint Arts Alliance and the North Idaho Community Action Network which was focused on transportation and environmental issues. I moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2010 and completed the Graphic Design Program at NIC to update my technical skills and learn web design. Starting as an intern, I have been working full-time for the Chamber and part-time for LCDC since 2012. 

What about working with LCDC interests you? I have a passion for tangible projects and seeing them come to fruition. I enjoy research, real estate, writing, architecture and art. My duties at LCDC involves touching on all these subjects. I enjoy learning about new things, and believe it or not, being able to grasp the intricacies of tax increment financing and urban redevelopment is quite fascinating.

What do you do for LCDC exactly?At present I maintain and add content to the LCDC website, write the LCDC News & Review, manage their social media effort, and participate in the Communications Committee.

What  LCDC projects are you most excited about right now? First, I am still very excited about McEuen Park and how in the years to come, the community will experience benefits that this amazing space will provide. It is really just the tip of the iceberg. Next, is the Four Corners Project, it will give another gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy, learn and participate in a variety of human activities.  Also, I am thrilled about the BNSF railroad right-of way acquisition, and how it opens up opportunities for more public access to the waterfront.

How do you see urban redevelopment benefitting CDA? Urban redevelopment is like land recycling. There are pockets of land in existing neighborhoods that can be utilized to help solve the cities affordable housing needs through urban infill. There is a mix of wage earners in our community. Other small towns and urban communities in the northwest have recognized that mixed-use and mixed-income development helps create economically viable, walkable and diverse neighborhoods. I think the city is on the right track with their Housing Needs Assessment study that addresses this issue, and LCDC can play a role in this effort.