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Community & Identity

Kootenai County is a community rooted in its respect for inclusiveness and cultural awareness…

Our city’s foundation is its thriving residential, business, and employment districts. We recognize and celebrate our historical and cultural roots, relationship with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, both past and present, and our connections with the natural environment. Kootenai County’s identity as the cultural center of North Idaho creates opportunities for social connections through a wide variety of events, activities, and public places for community members to gather year-round.

Informed Citizens – Kootenai County citizens are well informed, responsive, and involved in community discussions.

Objective CI 1.1 Foster broad-based and inclusive community involvement for actions affecting businesses and residents to promote community unity and involvement.

Great Place to Live – Maintain a high quality of life for residents and businesses that make Kootenai county a great place to live and visit.

Objective CI 2.2: Support programs that preserve historical collections, key community features, cultural heritage, and traditions.

Livable for All – Kootenai County will strive to be livable for median and below income levels, including young families, working class, low income, and fixed income households.

Objective CI 3.1 Support efforts to preserve existing housing stock and provide opportunities for new affordable and workforce housing.

Objective CI 3.2 Provide excellent childcare for Kootenai County citizens and workforce.

Supportive Culture – Kootenai County is a community that works to support cultural awareness, diversity and inclusiveness.

Objective CI 4.1 Recognize cultural and economic connections to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, acknowledging that this area is their ancestral homeland.

Objective CI 4.2 Create an environment that supports and embraces diversity in arts, culture, food, and self-expression.

Objective CI 4.3 Promote human rights, civil rights, respect, and dignity for all in Kootenai County.

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