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Quality of Life

It has been said that Idaho is what America was.

Idaho and Lewis counties offer a quality of life that can only be found among such amazing and pristine beauty that is North Central Idaho. Encompassing three wilderness areas, three major rivers, a rich and diverse history, a varied four season climate, and endless opportunities for recreation and adventure, there is something for every one in Idaho


Lewis County was named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Nez Perce Indians made this area their home and knew no whites until the Lewis and Clark expedition. In the 1860, with the discovery of gold, the gold seekers trek had begun in the areas of Elk City and Florence. Many who had come into the State to search for gold remained to take up land, finding their gold in the rich soil and favorable climatic conditions. Ranching and farming remain one of the major industries of the area.

In the 1940,s the timber industry developed as an economic asset to the County. Sawmills, mostly privately owned, were built earlier to produce lumber chiefly for home building, it was the huge demand for timber after World War II that made timber production a leading industry.

The Salmon River, the longest free flowing river in the the lower 48, the Snake River and Hells Canyon , and the Clearwater River, offer opportunities for tourism and recreation. Whitewater rafting, jet boating, steelhead and salmon fishing, hunting, sight seeing, the opportunities are endless. Tourism is one of the fasting growing industries in Idaho.

The greatest asset in Idaho and Lewis counties are the people who call Idaho their home. With a low crime rate, educational opportunities, reasonable taxes, technology, recreational opportunities, Idaho offers a quality of life that you can't put a price on. Communities with people who have old fashioned work ethics, attitudes of caring and volunteerism, people who whole heartedly support their children, schools, emergency services, and those in need.

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Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

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Quilt Treasures

Grangeville, ID - Looking for quilting supplies?  Want a quilt made or finished, need longarm quilting done?  Check out Quilt Treasures and talk with owner Christina Doughty who has taken her online shop and given it a main street presence!

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Aloha Laundry

Grangeville, ID - Looking for a great place to do your laundry?  Need drop off or delivery service?  Look no further than Aloha Laundry!  Owners Bob and Carolyn Haning have brought a new laundry mat with a lot of great extras to the community.

You will be impressed by the bright colors, clean and welcoming environment.  Aloha Laundry is located at 817 Cunningham, Grangeville, ID.  Stop by today!

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STEP - International Market Access Grants

The purpose of the grants are to increase the number of Idaho small businesses exporting, to increase the value of exports for Idaho small businesses that currently export.  Grant funds can be used to offset 65% of expenses incurred while accessing international markets.  We are able to assist you at no cost if you need any assistance in applying.  (208) 983-8302 or .

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