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Grimm appointed to Idaho Economic Advisory Council

| September 24, 2021 1:00 AM

A Bonner County man is among three people appointed by Gov Brad Little appointed to serve on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council.

Newly appointed members include Jeremy Grimm who will represent Region 1, Randy Bauscher of Rupert who will represent Region 4 and Donna O’Kelly of Idaho Falls who will represent Region 6.

Grimm, who resides in Sandpoint, owns Whiskey Rock Planning, a land-use planning and economic development consulting firm. For the past 20 years, Grimm has worked in both the private and public sectors, leading planning and development initiatives in small towns across the west. He previously served for nearly a decade as the Planning and Community Development Director for the City of Sandpoint and has held various appointed positions.

He is replacing Steve Meyer of Parkwood Properties in Coeur d'Alene on the board.

"The work of Idaho Commerce and the Economic Advisory Council is critical to the future long-term prosperity of all Idahoans," Grimm said. "I am humbled to have the opportunity to support the unique needs of businesses and local government in Region 1 on the council."

The Idaho Economic Advisory Council advises the governor and Idaho Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. The council makes recommendations on applications for the Tax Reimbursement Incentive, block grant funding and advises their regions on economic development opportunities and represents their interests to state government.

“These new members’ diverse experiences and expertise are valuable additions to the Economic Advisory Council,” Tom Kealey, Idaho Commerce Director, said. “We look forward to their contributions to the council and the state of Idaho in the future.”

The council consists of eight members, appointed by the Governor, with one member appointed from each of the state’s seven economic development regions and one member appointed at-large. Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed.