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Media Release

For Immediate Release

Connect Kootenai Announces Cease of Operations Amidst Changing Economic Landscape

January 31, 2024 – After a decade of fostering a shared vision for the future of Kootenai County, Connect Kootenai has made the difficult decision to cease operations over the coming weeks.

Founded in 2013, Connect Kootenai has played a pivotal role in guiding the community towards a common vision. In announcing this decision, former board chair Sarah McCracken stated, “This decision did not come lightly. We are grateful for the hard work of our dedicated staff and the unwavering support of this amazing community throughout the years. However, current economic conditions compel us to make the responsible choice at this time.”

Over the last decade, Connect Kootenai achieved numerous milestones, notably the creation of the Envision Plan with the City of Coeur d’Alene, Project Neighborly, Opening Books Opening Doors, East Sherman revitalization efforts and Local Worker housing initiatives. This strategic roadmap brought the community’s shared vision to life through collaborative efforts with community partners and we hope those efforts continue in our absence.

James Casper, the current board chair, expressed gratitude towards the organization’s contributors, stating, “Our board extends heartfelt thanks to our dedicated staff and community volunteers for their tireless efforts over the years. We all joined this organization with the intention of making positive impacts across the community, and we appreciate everyone who has been part of that collective effort.”

As Connect Kootenai concludes its operations, the organization leaves behind a legacy of community engagement and strategic planning. The Board of Directors acknowledges the importance of the community’s continued commitment to the shared vision for the future.

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