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GEM COUNTY ECONOMIC INDICATOR A comprehensive look at the health of the county Labor • Population • Economics • Agriculture Infrastructure • Opportunities

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CONTENTS WHERE WE'VE BEEN..........................PAGE 4 LABOR........................................PAGES 6-8 POPULATION....................................PAGE 9 ECONOMICS..............................PAGES 10-16 AGRICULTURE........................... PAGES 17-20 INFRASTRUCTURE.....................PAGES 21-22 WHERE WE'RE GOING......................PAGE 31 EVENTS..........................................PAGE 32

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Celebrating agriculture

According to data from the supply to support our families. American Farm Bureau FedThus, we rely on the hard work of agricultural producers. eration, in 1940, the average U.S. farmer fed 19 people. The numBecause farmers and ranchber of people fed by our nation’s ers rise early in the morning and farmers has steadily risen over work late at night, we have the the years and now the average food we need without having American farmer feeds nearly to dedicate the enormous time U.S. Sen 155 people worldwide. Mike Crapo and energy required for planting, tending and harvesting. Historically, as America’s population has shifted from rural to ur- Idaho’s approximately 25,000 farms ban areas, Americans have moved fur- and ranches are producing more than ther from our agrarian roots. The U.S. enough milk, potatoes, wheat, beef, Census Bureau reported that in 1850, onions, beans, seed and much more to only 15 percent of Americans lived in feed fellow Idahoans, Americans and urban areas. This shifted to nearly 40 people around the world. percent by 1900, more than 50 percent Less than 2 percent of our populaby 1940, and now more than 80 percent tion is producing the food necessary of Americans live in urban areas. While for millions of Americans and families many have backyard gardens, the ma- around the world. Thank you, Idaho jority of us do not produce enough food farmers and ranchers for your hard to solely rely on a self-produced food work.

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2014 Gem County Economic Indicator By DIANA BAIRD

Managing Editor, Messenger Index

Diana Baird

The purpose of the Gem County Economic Indicator is to provide a framework of statistics, goals and ideas to forward the strategy toward maintaining a strong, healthy local economy.

It includes city and county information about where we have been, labor, population, economics, agriculture, infrastructure, opportunities and future ideas from the community. Our goal is to guide the reader toward an economic vision of Gem County.

Statistical information and photos Cover photos were from the Messenger Index and Metro. Other photos were from the Messenger Index and submitted photos. Statistics were from the following sources: The U. S. Census Bureau, the Idaho State Police Crime in Idaho 2012, the Idaho Department of Commerce, the University of Idaho, the Idaho State Tax Commission, the Gem County Emergency Medical Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Agriculture Statistics Service.

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Irrigation, railroads, residences make the city As published in the 1909 Emmett Index. There was an old Emmett. There is now only a new Emmett. The old town dated its existence as far back as 1864 and consisted of a hotel built of logs. The new town sprang into life in 1900 and during the next three years the population increased from 200 to 1,000. Irrigating canals were built and the Idaho Northern Failroad was pushing its rails toward the city. New people came and farms encroached upon the desert and the town upon the farms. New business houses, built this time of brick, sprang up as if by magic, and the make-shift shacks of the early settlers were replaced by handsome residences. An electric light plant and a sewerage system gave to its citizens the conveniences of a city. Since that time, the growth has been steady and a census at this date would show not less than 2,000 people. New modern residences are going up in every direction, some of them costing as high as $12,000. The contract for a municipal water works system will be completed by April of the present year. Though possessing four splendid buildings, the school rooms are crowded and another building must be provided before another school year rolls around. There is no boom simply a natural growth that has for its incentive the development of the rich farming country and the timber and mineral resources that surround it. Emmett is rich in environment and lumber and mines, farms and orchards, sheep and the dairy will contribute to its growth. It is a great

Agriculture through the years Horses Sheep and lambs Milk cows Cattle Hogs and pigs Mules , burros and donkeys

Year Number 1920 3,860 1992 1,178 1920 208,000 1993 2,200 1920 2,250 1994 2,200 1920 11,570 1994 32,800 1920 3,670 1992 555 1920 315 1992 32

Land values 1920 1987 1992

Poor plow land Good plow land Average plow land Average market value Average market value

$10 acre $88 acre $70 acre $479 acre $870 acre

charm of climate and will be sought for residence and for health. It has unexcelled schools and churches, fraternal orders, newspaper and telephones, facilities for canning fruits and vegetables and facilities for packing the increasing output of orchards. Capital to develop mines and forests will flow in and electric and steam railways will connect with surrounding towns and a vast territory of rich farming and grazing country many miles to the north of us.

"This is a farmer's land. It is a land where many will live by the soil." — The Emmett Index, 1903 Page 4

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Make fond memories with your community, friends and family How did First Wednesday begin? In May 2013, Barbara Huguenin, creator of Smart Shoppers of Gem County and the Gem County Business Expo, and Kari Schreck, a local artist and community volunteer, asked “What can be done to help the people of Gem County to feel inspired to shop locally?” The need for extended local shopping hours, the opportunity for affordable and free activities for families and events that would inspire more people to explore the shops and businesses resulted in Gem County’s “First Wednesday.”

What is First Wednesday?

• Bring your friends from “over the hill” to enjoy First Wednesday • Look for the waving “First Wednesday” flag • Free for participating business merchants and organizations • Extended shopping hours • Be involved in First Wednesday FOR YOUR community, friends and family

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First Wednesday encourages the local community and surrounding areas to get involved in after-hours shopping and fun events held around Gem County the first Wednesday of the month. Brainstorming folks on Facebook organized, and ideas poured in. By using local musicians, artists, writers, dancers, the 4-H youth and a wealth of local talent, amazing events all over the county were created to benefit the entire community. Participating vibrant businesses or groups fly an orange flag to let the public know they are part of First Wednesday. There is no cost to participate in First Wednesday!

fancy masks, giant Valentine card for the mayor and cards for seniors, chili contest, pie eating contest, path of wishes, mini horse rides, cute dog contest and many more!!

Who can participate in First Wednesday?

Any businesses, non-profit groups, churches, 4-H groups, fundraisers, kids or adults selling items as long as they comply with city and county ordinances. Business owners will benefit from the free online advertising and publicity provided by the First Wednesday organization. A fun monthly theme is carried into each First Wednesday relating to what is happening in Gem County.

What kind of events make up First Wednesday? Participating stores extend their business hours, offer special treats, discounts or fun events. Non-profit groups or anyone wanting to raise funds for a project take place on First Wednesday. In the first year of First Wednesdays, groups featured: a free movie in the park for kids, Christmas Carols at Huskie Park, Renaissance Faire sword fighters, made

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2013 was a neutral year for labor market

Type of labor Private wage or salary




Self-employed, not incorporated,




Unpaid family work,


The preliminary unemployment rate in 2013 for Gem County averaged 7.6 percent, much improved over the 9.1 percent average in 2012. But while the unemployment rate declined from 10.1 percent in May to 8.1 percent in October 2012, it has been relatively stable in 2013, declining over the last few months to a seasonally adjusted 6.1 percent. Employment increased slightly in the county during the year. Average annual employment was 100 higher than the 2012 average. This modest growth has been the norm in 2013 for much of southwestern Idaho. With three quarters of covered employment data available, service sector industries like education and health care have posted the most employment increases in the first nine months of 2013. Like the state, Gem County’s labor force totals have been mixed. The area saw increases from January into June followed by a decline with December’s seasonally adjusted labor force equal to January’s at just over 7,000. County per capita personal income increased

$1,001 to $28,099 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The 3.7 percent increase was in line with other counties, leaving the area ranked 41st among the 44 counties. Wages and salaries increased only a fraction, while business profits grew more than 14 percent. Farm profits had the most dramatic increase, going from $2.96 million in 2011 to $4.57 million in 2012 – an increase of over 54 percent. Modest changes in the statewide economic picture and for the region will most likely continue in the near term. The aging population should continue to have a positive effect on service sector employment but as workers retire, decreases to the labor force might occur unless others take their places. Sluggish post-recession job growth and uncertainty over major federal policy changes also continue to remain concerns. Andrew Townsend Regional economist Communications and Research Idaho Department of Labor

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Employment Educational, health and social services:


Construction: 10.5% Mean commute travel time to work:

26.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 55.5%

School enrollment statistics Nursery school, preschool Kindergarten Elementary school, grades 1-8

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Per capita personal income in past 12 months, 2008-2012 Gem County: $19,838

Idaho: $22,581

Median household income, 2008-2012 Gem County: $47,015

Idaho: $53,046

Persons below poverty level, 2008-2012 Gem County: 15.1%

Idaho: 14.9% Source: U.S. Census Bureau

2013 in Gem County • The fair market rent for a two-bedroom rental was $631 per month. • Those with a household income of at least $25,240 per year could afford a two-bedroom rental at the fair market rent. • The housing wage for a two-bedroom unit was $12.13 per hour, which is the same as 1.6 full-time minimum-wage jobs. • An estimated 46 percent of renters are unable to afford the fair market rent for a 2 bedroom rental.

2012 among Gem residents • Net earnings made up 51 percent of personal income, compared to 53 percent in 2010. • Dividends, interest and rent — income from investments — made up 18 percent of personal income,  compared to 18 percent in 2010. • Transfer payments made up 30 percent of personal income, compared to 29 percent in 2010.

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Idaho Department of Labor: Job mentoring and training available The Idaho Department of Labor's newly designed customer web page will allow you to: • Look for a job • Access all of your information from a single web page • Create a searchable profile (résumé) viewable by thousands of Idaho employers looking for your skills • Create and edit résumés and other documents, store them in your account and email them to employers • Visit dozens of job search and career development-related web sites • Find the date and time for workshops and events Some of workshop topics have been held in résumé writing, develop work plans, learn the secrets of a good interview, and Internet and social media. … There are even workshops online. Another tool employers are using to seek out and meet potential employees is through the use of job fairs. These events bring many job seekers to a central point where they have the opportunity to visit with one or several employers. The Workforce Investment Act is a federally funded program that IDOL administers to provide funding to support employment services and sometimes training for adults, dislocated workers and low-income, at-risk youth. Trade Adjustment Assistance is another program that provides services and benefits to workers who lose their jobs because of increased imports or because their employer shifted production to certain countries outside the United States. It is a

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federal program administered by the IDOL. More than 130,000 Idahoans are veterans of the Armed Forces. If you are a veteran, you have earned benefits for yourself and potentially for your family, but you must apply to receive these benefits. We are grateful for your service and want to ensure you receive all the employment and training support you deserve. Charlie West IDOL work force consultant


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Population of Gem County 18,000

16,558 16,719 15,181


15,000 11,972




12,000 9,127



6,000 2012 Median resident age: Idaho median age:

42.0 years 34.0 years


2012 Males: 8,283 (45.1%) Females: 8,436 (54.9%)




Institutionalized population: 129



2010 2012

Other data 17.8%: Persons below poverty level, 2008-2012 1,603: Veterans, 2008-2012

Gem County population in 2012: 16,673 (55% urban, 45% rural) It was 15,181 in 2000



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Gem County economic snapshot While across the nation news of local government having to eliminate various services in order to survive during the economic downturn, Gem County has been able to continue, and even improve in some cases, the services historically provided to its residents. That is not to say that it has been easy. While local revenue has remained steady, state and federal revenues have decreased substantially. The focus on long range planning and performance expectations has helped to ensure that the most is gained from every dollar spent to keep those services whole. The number one reason the county has been able to continue these services successfully is our employees. They are extremely dedicated and work to do the best they can to resolve all of the issues and needs of the community. They have used their creativity, imagination and ingenuity to do more with less. Interdepartmental and interoffice cooperation has allowed use of work hours available to be used more effectively. As an example: a floating full time employee position in the courthouse can be utilized in any office that has an exceptionally high demand rather than having to hire additional personnel. The second most important element in the success of the county operation is the investment in infrastructure such as buildings, vehicles, equipment and materials. Many agencies have chosen to cut much of

the capital investment out of the budget in order to get by. That strategy only defers the problems until a day when the needed facility or equipment fails and disrupts the efficiency of the entire organization. Gem County has worked extremely hard to balance these two critical pieces by asking departments to submit 20-year plans. This has allowed us to take advantage of opportunities to streamline processes and improve efficiency and effectiveness. The recent construction of the sheriff’s and licensing office illustrates the planning that has saved substantial workforce investment. Establishing depreciation accounts on the county vehicle fleet has resulted in an extraordinary savings and resulted in more stable budgeting. As a true indicator of how successful we have been in providing quality service, many residents of other counties come to Gem County for service or to see how they can duplicate what we are doing. Our Gem County Local Emergency Planning Committee is regularly recognized as one of the best in the state. The Community Health Connection received national recognition. In short, the State of Gem County is excellent due to great community support, great employees and sound planning. Keep up the great work! Lan Smith Gem County commissioner

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County commuting to work 2012 Workers 16 years and over: 6,435 Car, truck, or van — drove alone: 4,737 Car, truck, or van — carpooled: 898 Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 56 Walked: 133 Other means: 179 Worked at home: 432

2014 COMMUNITY EVENTS 5th Annual GCCC Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 12 Emmett Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 26 Member Services Wings & Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 19 Small Business Education Easter Egg Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 19 Rotary Youth Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25 Networking Events & Youth Appreciation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 26 Luncheons FREE Business Listing on Friends of the Library 3rd Annual Second Hand Rose Fashion Show . . . . . . . . . . . May 3 Chamber Website Gem County Sheriff’s Posse 5th Annual Charity Auction . . . . . . . . . . May 17 Advocacy Emmett Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June - October Ribbon Cutting & Grand Gem County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 7 Openings 80th Annual Emmett Cherry Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 11-14 Business Credibility Emmett Optimist Annual Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 4 Emmett’s 2nd Annual Glow Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 18 25th Annual Cruise Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 19 Gem/Boise County Fair & Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 30-Aug . 2 Kids’ Splash & Dash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug . 8 Emmett’s Most Excellent Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug . 9 2014 County Relay for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug . 15-16 Gem County Chamber Gem 21st Annual Harvest Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct . 3-4 of Commerce River Through Time Civil War Encampment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct . 4-5 1022 S. Washington Ave. Emmett, Idaho 83617 Idaho Renaissance Faire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct . 11-12 Phone: 208-365-3485 Magic on Main Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov . 29 Fax: 208-365-3220 Multi-Church Music Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 5-7 Community Christmas Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec . 6 1058485


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912 S. Washington St.




Houses without a mortgage:


Houses with a mortgage:


2012 Houses with a mortgage:



Gem County mobile homes: 786 Idaho mobile homes: 60,901

Houses without a mortgage:


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Opportunities come our way As the nationwide economic downturn slowly eases, there has been an increase of inquiries by business owners into the opportunity that Gem County offers. As one would expect, there is tremendous competition as struggling communities try to lure business to their area, to help support needed services and provide jobs to the local residents. Fortunately, our community has been working hard to prepare for the opportunities that are now beginning to come. Business owners visiting with the thought of maybe relocating have expressed with amazement how easy it is to get information they need regarding the requirements they will need to address to get started. Work is continuing to better coordinate efforts between all of the players that can help in the economic development effort. Bringing these resources together as a team so that prospective new business and expanding existing business owners can meet and receive the most information and assistance available is critical in the type of market we are in. Gem County is a location with amenities that are very desirable as expressed by many who are currently looking to

make a change. As we all know, the beauty of our county is hard to beat, especially when considering such a picturesque rural setting that is so close to urban services. Recreational opportunities abound, such as boating, tubing, fishing, running, off-road vehicle accommodations, etc. We have commercial and industrial property available with all of the services in place. Through the winter some of those properties have new owners who have committed to begin construction as soon as weather permits. The past few years have been difficult here, just like many areas of the country, but instead of sitting back and complaining of our problems, our community has stepped up and put in place the tools that will make us successful in our efforts to expand the economic vitality of the community. Terms like agri-tourism, Highway 52 Scenic Bi-way, food hub and woody biomass where unheard of in this area a few years ago. With the involvement of so many in our community, these are terms that are changing our opportunities and will bring us success. Lan Smith Gem County commissioner

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Economic health and planning The Comprehensive Plan for Gem County and the City of Emmett kicks off with this vision statement: “The vision for our community is that of a beautiful, safe environment, with respect for our rich heritage and local values ensuring a high quality of life and a sound economy through excellence in leadership.” When I read this, the image of a beautiful patchwork quilt comes to mind. An award-winning quilt (like those featured at our Cherry Festival every year) contains a collection of unique, individual pieces of fabric that together form a larger

and more elaborate image than each piece standing alone. Each individual “patch” is a work of art all on its own. But when they are embroidered and connected with other pieces, the whole quilt seems to take on a new and more captivating life. Community planning and economic development is like this. A community is made up of many independent components that inhabit the same geographic place. These “components” include people, nature, history, values and a local economy (among many other things like food, recreation, events and education). Each is essential

and stands on its own, yet we’ve all experienced that extra “lift,” pride and power that comes when all the different pieces work together. The economy is a key piece of our community quilt because it connects to and impacts so many other pieces. Jobs and wages, consumer spending, the price of goods and services, access to markets, utility costs and taxes have a direct effect on our quality of life. Companies looking to expand and invest here look for a community that has a vision of its collective future. They expect roads, power, water, sewer and other infrastructure to be available and functioning. They

expect land to be appropriately zoned for their enterprise. They look for local plans and ordinances that do not inhibit their growth but also provide confidence their investments are made in a place that has a vibrant future. And, fortunately, there is a host of citizens, elected officials and business leaders working in the Gem Community to try and make this vision a reality.

Brad Clark Gem County/Emmett planning director

"Economic development, to me, is any program or process that increases the likelihood of business growth or development within an area." — Steve Nebeker, Emmett police chief

2012 educational Grandparents Living with own grandchildren degrees Associate's degree: 784 Bachelor's degree: 1,210 Graduate/professional degree: 423

under 18 years: 310 Responsible for grandchildren: 193


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City economic snapshot As we move forward in 2014 our economic snapshot for the city is promising. It is the commercial and industrial businesses that will bring in the revenues needed for our city to move forward with acceptable roads and services. As we are now into 2014, with the work of the chamber of commerce, elected officials, local business owners and various community volunteers, we look promising. Through this team of volunteers, the Gem Community Economic Development Committee plans are in place to promote our community. The committee is working on creating a contact point for a new potential business to contact to get information in starting their operations. This would include a new position of an economic development person who would be the contact and work solely on going out and recruiting new industries and businesses to locate in our community. This would be under the Gem County Chamber of Commerce as this is

their area of expertise. We are currently in the process of a feasibility study to build a food hub or distribution warehouse for our local produce growers. This is promising and will help expand and support our agricultural producers. There is still hope that the laminate beam plant and sawmill will reopen, bringing back some higher paying jobs. On a final note is how we brand ourselves as a community to entice business and families to locate in Emmett and Gem County. We are known as the "Valley of Plenty." You have seen in the past year we have been working on health and fitness. We have presented our program at the state level in seminars and the national level for a training webinar. Our goal is to brand ourselves as the "Valley of Plenty" with active healthy lifestyles for our citizens. Bill Butticci Emmett mayor

"Our goal is to brand ourselves as the 'Valley of Plenty' with active healthy lifestyles for our citizens." — Bill Butticci, Emmett mayor Page 16


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Gem County Ag highlights for 2007 Land in farms: 190,757 acres Total cropland: 34,919 acres Harvested crop land: 25,088 acres Irrigated harvested cropland: 23,245 acres


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Agriculture is strong and healthy Farmers are gamblers. Their lives are controlled by the weather and the markets. The seasons set their schedules. They can’t be afraid to take a risk. And they can’t be afraid to hope. We hope it will rain, but not too much, especially during planting, haying or through the harvest. We hope the wind and hail will pass. We hope the sun will shine, but not too much, and not too hot. We hope the harvest will be plenty. Even though hoping doesn’t come to fruition every year, we have to keep moving. We hope and plan and play the same game every season. Ask any farmer in Gem County and they will say they’ve had a pretty good run in the past few years. Despite the continual push back of overzealous bureaucrats, with their never-ending regulations and involvement, prices have been good, keeping ahead of rising prices of fuel, fertilizer, equipment and repairs. It’s the good years that farmers will generally pay down their debt (or at least they should) and pick up that needed piece of equipment. What’s around the corner for producers this year is anyone’s guess. They say corn is King in the Midwest, but in a way it’s King in Idaho too. It’s felt in the pricing and demand of other feeds, influencing everything fed to animals, from goats, beef cows to dairy animals even that small sack of birdseed you’ve been emptying out this winter. Most farmers harbor a general feeling that now corn prices are down, most everything grown will soften a bit and we might be looking at, perhaps, lean year(s) ahead. Gem County agriculture is strong and healthy. We have one of the best

water sources in the state, if not the nation. We were a little shaken last year by the threat of losing our canal below the dam, but due to a united effort led by the irrigation board and concerned farmers, we are doing what is needed to secure that life blood of water to our ground and crops. We have excellent soils, maybe a little heavy, but fertile. Annual rainfall precipitation averages from about 13 inches in the valley and over 23 inches in the mountain areas. Elevation varies from 2,300 feet in Emmett to 6,000 feet in the higher regions. The average growing season is approximately 172 days. The weather is favorable to all livestock. Whether it is dairy or beef cows, sheep or pygmy goats, they all do quite well in the arid desert environment. Agriculture has been the engine of our county’s economy, generating approximately $115 million in gross receipt according to a few self described experts. There are 822 farms according to the 2007 census report, making the average farm size around 270 acres. The major crops grown in Gem County are alfalfa hay, corn, wheat, barley, miscellaneous garden seeds, beans, alfalfa seed and pasture. Many of us may feel uncertain about what the year ahead will bring in terms of good times and unexpected challenges, but what is certain is Gem County farmers and ranchers are committed to bringing their best to their families, neighbors and community. Steven Ethington Gem County Farm Bureau president

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More about Gem County farms Farms by type of land — 2007 Number of farms

Average size of farm

2007 - 822 2002 - 802

2007 - 232 acres 2002 - 276 acres

Pasture, 76.27%

Land in farms 2007 - 190,757 acres 2002 - 221,200 acres

Cropland, 18.31%

Other uses, 5.42%

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The pros and cons of permanent drip

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season, Vickery was able to seeds under sub-surface drip. compile the following pro• Drip tape can clog due con list: to algae and other particles. Lines must be flushed reguPros: larly with highly acidic nitro• Reduced tillage needed gen fertilizer to prevent algal and bacterial growth to plant corn • Tape regularly needed • Fuel usage decreased by replaced in places where approximately 50 percent • 50 percent reduction in rodents or other problems caused leakage nitrogen applied • Overall increase in time • Enough water to irrigate as much as was needed, even spent installing, learning to while the canal usage was use and maintaining the new restricted for repairs, and system enough to share with neighDue the savings in fuel and bors fertilizer, as well as increased • Yields increased by 30 yields, Vickery believes the percent on the mint system will have paid for it• Yields increased 10 per- self by the end of the growing cent on the corn; corn was season. The only continued planted three weeks late due costs to him will be labor and to drip installation not being maintenance. finished on time Erin Morra Soil environmentalist Cons: USDA - Natural Resources • Difficult to germinate Conservation Service

Gem County 2007 land ownership


Land (acres)

The first conversion of flood irrigation to a permanent drip system on annual crops in Gem County took place last year. The project was partially funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The system was installed by Kirk Vickery on 15 acres of second-year mint and 23 acres of corn. In addition to the installation of the permanent drip system, moisture sensors were installed for efficient water application and foliar testing was used to apply nutrients regularly. Both the producer and the NRCS expected to see some reduction in irrigation water use, tillage, fuel usage and nutrients needed to produce a similar or above-average yield. At the end of the growing





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Emergency management in Gem County involves everyone

"In Emmett City/Gem County, we are dedicated to professional and caring preparedness, response and recovery."

During a disaster large or small, residents of Emmett and Gem County trust their elected officials, police, fire and emergency medical services will respond in a coordinated, professional manner. The coordination of those efforts prior to the emergency fall to an established emergency management system. The responsibility to oversee the emergency management program has been delegated to an appointed emergency manager who, along with the Gem County Local Emergency Planning Committee, has the responsibility to prepare and protect our first responders and community. It involves prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

— Anita Taylor, Gem County Emergency manager

Emergency management must be:

2013 Those who work for the Gem County Emergency Medical Services began staying in the ambulance facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Response time October 2012 through May 2013 Within 3 minutes: 31%

June 2013 through September 2013 (when in-house paramedics began) Within 3 minutes: 67.73% Total ambulance response, 1,094

Busiest months - January, May, July and November Busiest days - Friday and Saturday Busiest times - noon to 9 p.m.

Data on calls Out of county, 201 911 non-transport, 431 911 transport, 615

1. Comprehensive — take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters. 2. Progressive — anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities. 3. Risk-driven — use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources. 4. Integrated — ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.

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5. Collaborative — create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus and facilitate communication. 6. Coordinated — synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose. 7. Flexible — use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges. 8. Professional — emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach, based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement. The Emmett City/Gem County Emergency Management office works closely with law enforcement, fire, EMS, hospitals, health departments, volunteer groups and businesses to develop coordinated plans and resource sharing in the event of an emergency. Alignment with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security is important to ensure consistency of response procedures during disasters. In Emmett City/Gem County, we are dedicated to professional and caring preparedness, response and recovery. Anita Taylor Gem County Emergency manager

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Infrastructure: law enforcement 2012 Gem County overall arrest overview Arrest total: 646 Adult arrest total: 544 Juvenile arrest total: 102 Arrest Rate per 100,000 population: 3,850.3

Total offenses — 5 year trend 685








When we think about the economic development of a community, most people do not look at local law enforcement as a positive player in this idea. I view this quite differently. Economic development, to me, is any program or process that increases the likelihood of business growth or development within an area. This can be done with a welcoming atmosphere, professional appearance, with the involvement of community members or it could be done with the documented records of having a safe and secure community. Our local law enforcement leaders understand the importance of community relationships and the critical need to resolve crimes effectively and quickly. With this approach, some people may view the interaction of law enforcement officers as not being a positive approach, depending if you are the one asking for help or if you are a violator of a specific law. With the interaction between citizens










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2012 Offenses Arrests



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Reported Cleared Adult Juvenile Forcible Rape 5 5 1 0 Aggravated Assault 22 18 6 4 Burglary 41 16 14 4 Larceny 70 23 7 1 Motor Vehicle Theft 3 0 0 0 Arson 3 1 1 0 Simple Assault 86 80 35 1 Intimidation 5 5 1 0 Counterfeiting/Forgery 8 4 0 0 Vandalism 41 12 3 0 Drug/ Narcotics 46 44 22 3 Drug Equipment 59 56 26 2 Fraud 2 1 1 0 Pornography 5 4 1 0 Forcible Fondling 18 14 3 0 Weapon Law Violation 3 3 3 0 Disorderly conduct 18 1 DUI 62 2 Drunkenness 7 0 Liquor law violation 38 9 Runaway 0 5 Trespass 3 0


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Where do you see Gem County in the year 2044? An increase in local employment opportunities. A health conscious community with: Reduced tobacco and alcohol use, reduced obesity, reduced unwed teen pregnancies. An increase in college education by graduating high school seniors - AA and bachelor’s degrees. Increased support of local agriculture (both large and small farms). Maintain the friendly, supportive community culture. BAB In 30 years, I see Gem County growing moderately to an overall population of 25,000 people. Small industry will have moved in offering moderately priced jobs while attracting larger industries which will bring the higher paying jobs. Over these years, I see an increase in revenues and improvements to our infrastructure and quality of life. BB I see Gem County as a thriving rural community of about 25,000 people that is generally older and more culturally diverse than today. Fewer citizens have to travel “over the hill” for work because we have more living wage employers. There will be even more agricultural production since Ada and Canyon counties will have lost so much farmland. Emmett will still be the entertainment, business and employment hub of the county but Sweet, Ola, Montour and Letha have more businesses and people. BDC I see Gem County in 30 years growing at a reasonable rate. Our economy will never be 100 percent coming from here due to the fact that we have much larger stores in Ada County. I believe we will have more family growth here for people who want to

raise their children in a safe community. We do need better wages and more jobs for those that want to live here and work here. We have everything here that a family needs to raise a family, good schools, a growing library and a good sports program. There are a lot of scholarships to work for. I also see our industrial park filling up with new businesses, maybe not over night, but they will come. BAI I see our town in 30 years growing to a population from 12,000 to 15,000 with both small and large commercial business increase within the town with striving to keep our small town atmosphere alive. I see the Shadow Butte Industrial Park providing a fair size of light industrial businesses jobs within our community too. BE

ers or working people) will spend here, increasing eating establishments, fuel stops, grocery stores and sporting goods stores, etc. With constant improvement of technology, businesses now have more opportunities to open call centers and satellite offices in Gem County. CG

The year is 2044. Gem County is considered the healthiest place to live in the state of Idaho. The county produces enough produce to supply local residents and larger communities great food choices. It is the best … home grown. The community also supports active families with healthy living styles in mind. Walking and biking is still the favorite of locals and streets remain smaller for the safety of the children and elderly. Everyone walks and small transportation units are Quaint, thriving, capitalizing on its easily accessible to all elderly and disnatural resources like the Payette River. abled. All time favorite activities are physOffering a kayak park, a new school and ical and recreational. And of course, we are known as the best Renaissance Faire wineries. MG in the Pacific northwest. Everyone wants More rooftops as more people want to to move here, but we are at a housing calive and retire in a rural community. There pacity and only allow 10 percent of houswill still be farms, dairies and large gar- es to adorn our beautiful hillsides. SV dens and the farmers will be the kings. I see a community with quicker access DC to the interstate highway system, perBy 2044, I believe the north/south high- haps even a four lane highway. With that way that has been talked about for many access there will be a substantial increase years will be developed and built. This in residential population and some inwill definitely open up and improve the crease in light manufacturing and comeconomy for Gem County because we mercial development. I also see a new will be in the direct route for delivery of high school built to conventional stangoods taken from manufacturing busi- dards and the Black Canyon Reservoir will nesses in Ada and Canyon counties to the be a river. RJ northern part of Idaho. I believe people In the year 2044, Gem County will have traveling through Gem County using the north/south highway (either vacation- grown significantly in the valley and

changed little in the northern part of the county. The K-12 educational classroom will see many changes with electronic textbooks and learning systems. We will still have high quality teachers but they will be guiding students into more personalized learning. The use of technology will allow students to develop mastery in a subject and then move on with their grade level being much less significant. There will be some areas that will not change like kindergarten students learning how to read, birthday parties in school and the junior/senior prom. WR Let's see. I'll be 88 years old. I see me being driven around by a young person to all the various businesses in town so I can enjoy the community. The community will be full of huge green trees during the summer time. People will be walking all along Main Street and Washington Avenue. BH Thirty years from now, I see Gem County as a passageway from the Treasure Valley to northern Idaho with the expressway on Highway 16, to the road north byway of Vandeusen to Indian Valley. Emmett is still quaint, yet up to date and known as a place to stop by for a little shopping, food and relaxation on your way to and from your other vacations. TH I believe Gem County will continue to grow. This growth will be brought about by those seeking a more rural lifestyle, recreational opportunities on and around the Payette River and a relatively short commute to Boise. I am optimistic that agriculture will still have a significant presence in our county. MR

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Events are economics

Gem County residents are actively August involved in many events throughout Gem/Boise County Fair and Rodeo, the years, using the events as a place 1950 earliest recorded to celebrate family, friends and neighEmmett's Most Excellent Triathlon, bors. These events bring thousands of 14 years people in from surrounding areas. Relay For Life, 7 years Here is a list of some events, followed by how many years they have September existed. 9/11 Memorial, 13 years



Pari-mutuel horse racing spring Harvest Festival, 21 years meet, 64 years River Thru Time-Civil War EncampRotary Youth Auction, 42 years ment, 15 years Youth Appreciation Day, 9 years Idaho Renaissance Fair, 4 years


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November Festival of Wreaths, 17 years Festival of Lights, 18 years Scouting For Food, 29 years Veterans Day, every year


Multi Church Choir, 14 years Circle G Ranch Kids Country ChristGem County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo, mas, 16 years 10 years Valley of Plenty Quilt Show, 31 years February Cherry Festival, 80 years Emmett Community Playhouse Kiwanis Fun Run, 36 years Miss Gem County Pageant, 38-40 Gemmy Awards, 17 years Gem County Historical Museum's years Ladies Social, 5 years


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Natural resources

Idaho has an abundance of natural resources. In the history of our state, these resources have been sought after to supply many basic needs. Countless jobs and numerous recreational activities are directly related to our forests, waterways and mining, to name a few. It is evident that we rely heavily on our natural resources. President Abraham Lincoln stated, “Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.” It is important that we are attentive to not only the present but the future needs of our resources. Mark Rekow, Gem County commissioner

Seniors and homeless

Seniors: There are limited transportation options for senior citizens. There are volunteers who will take people to some appointments. The Gem County Senior Center does provide transportation to the center and other stops in Emmett. Housing opportunities are limited. Low income housing may have a waiting list. For those who are not low income, there are very few low maintenance housing options and no condominium-style housing. The county does have several assisted living facilities. Homeless: Gem County has no program for homeless. Officials working with low-income people say there are no real numbers to estimate how many homeless families live in the county.

By-way and river water trail

The Lower Payette River Heritage By-way known as “52 on 52” was coined with the idea of preserving our interesting history utilizing the economic assets and promoting tourism. As the traveler delves into the rich history of our region, there are many side trips to along the by-way, from which our small communities may enjoy an economic boost. With the creation of this Heritage By-way, there is a complete Scenic By-way Loop that encompasses the entire Treasure Valley giving the traveler the opportunity to stay and play in our communities. Along with our rich history, the Payette River offers an abundance of recreational opportunities, adding to this a proposed Payette River Water Trail giving our community another economic boost! Debbie Rouwenhorst, Chairman for Lower Payette River Heritage By-way


Adult education opportunities

In 2014, we will see significant changes in the ability of adults to advance and renew their education without leaving the county. Adult education will become less dependent on the classroom and more dependent on interactive and personalized educational systems. Gem County will strengthen its relationship with the College of Western Idaho which will open up opportunities for more hands on experiences for those parts of training that will still require the personal touch. Over all education will become more personalized to the individuals and industry needs. Wayne Rush, Superintendent, Emmett Public School District

Food hub and agri-tourism

An opportunity is here to create agricultural business and jobs, while making growers and producers more viable through a food hub, which could inevitably strengthen our rural community. A food hub represents an approach for producers, small and large, to market production locally throughout our region. This food hub idea can create new marketing opportunities for rural food producers, connect them to the wholesale market, while also creating more jobs and develop agri-tourism in our economy. Gem County has been working toward this endeavor as we strive to help move the agriculture industry forward. Rikki Ruiz, Gem County Extension educator

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SCENE • MARCH 26, 2014

Mobility opportunities

Public transportation isn’t just buses or van pools, rather it’s the ability to get from point A to point B, whether for recreation, job access or medical services through a variety of transportation means. For years, the community of Gem County has identified the need for improved infrastructure that would help build the economic vitality of the community. 1. Through infrastructure development that will provide for a direct access to critical interstate beltways in the future. 2. The development of park and ride lots enabling community members to carpool to Boise, alleviating the congestion on Highway 16. 3. Innovative partnerships between Treasure Valley Transit and Elderly Opportunity Agency for senior transportation services. In Emmett, innovation, perseverance and community partnerships have enabled the community to tackle big projects resulting in big changes and opportunities for the future. Brooke Green, District 3 Mobility manger, Community Transportation Association of Idaho


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Scene 2014  

Emmett's annual Scene Magazine. Featuring an in depth look at the Gem County Economic landscape.

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