Frequently Asked Questions

What is Connect Kootenai?

Connect Kootenai is a community-based nonprofit organization that created a long-term Vision for Kootenai county (the Cities and all adjacent areas) – as well as a detailed Implementation Plan for how we get there. Learn more about our History.

What does Connect Kootenai do?

Our community envisions a future that preserves our region’s natural beauty and provides our citizens’ health, safety, and prosperity for generations to come.

Connect Kootenai facilitates the creation of this shared vision. Connect Kootenai brings together community partners to help make the community’s vision materialize through implementation. Learn more on our About page and our Project Archive page.

How does Connect Kootenai help make the community’s vision a reality?

Collaboration – Connect Kootenai represents the voices of thousands of citizens and dozens of organizations to contribute to a shared vision for the future of Kootenai county for generations to come. The vision is an affirmation of our shared values and goals.

Coordination – Connect Kootenai facilitates partnerships between community agencies, organizations, and citizens, utilizing their unique talents to make the vision of a bright future for Kootenai county a reality through an Implementation Plan.

Community Action – As the steward of the community’s Implementation Plan, Connect Kootenai brings together active community partners to work together to carry out the strategies of the Implementation Plan through real action, driving us toward the bright future we collaboratively envision.

Who is Connect Kootenai?

Connect Kootenai is a nonprofit organization with a Volunteer Board of Directors and a staff of two. Our Board of Directors are strategically selected from local businesses, government agencies, the education sector, and civic and community-based organizations to ensure that those leading Kootenai county to a bright future holistically represent our community and the vision of our citizens. See our Leadership page for more information.

What is an Implementation Plan?

An Implementation Plan includes strategies with specific actions designed to achieve priorities and realize a community’s vision and goals. The plan, which identifies partners who will implement the action items and timeframes for those actions, is a living document that is continually updated to show completed actions and progress implementing the community vision, and will include revisions and additions over time. It can be part of a comprehensive plan or a stand-alone document. See the full Implementation Plan here.

What is Connect Kootenai’s relationship with the City of Coeur d’Alene?

The City of Coeur d’Alene is a major sponsor and partner of Connect Kootenai. Connect Kootenai has partnered on many projects including the Missing Middle Housing Forum, America’s Best Communities grant, East Sherman Revitalization Plan, PARK(ing) It On Sherman, initial Health Corridor planning, and more. Connect Kootenai staff and board members have contributed thousands of volunteer hours on the Envision Coeur d’Alene Plan.

Who ‘owns’ the Connect Kootenai vision and plan?

The Vision and Implementation Plan are living documents owned by the community and guided by Connect Kootenai. Local businesses, government, education, civic and community-based partners are involved in funding and implementation. It is your plan and we need you to help achieve it.

How is the Connect Kootenai funded and supported?

Funds are raised through public and private donations, grant funding, and sponsorship of specific budget expenses. The Connect Kootenai Vision and Implementation Plan is ‘owned’ by the community with dozens of business, government, education, civic, and community-based partners involved in funding and implementing our community’s Vision. These contributions underscore strong public support for the organization. Please view our list of partners here and our annual report here.

How long will Connect Kootenai exist?

In 2013, Connect Kootenai facilitated the development of greater Coeur d’Alene’s Vision plan but we look forward to help all cities in Kootenai county. We have monitored and tracked the progress of this plan since then, realizing that the plan will need to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our community. The original vision has evolved into a partnership with the City of Coeur d’Alene called Envision Coeur d’Alene, a long-range planning project created to develop a citywide plan through 2040. The Envision plan is a revision to the original Connect Kootenai Implementation Plan, which will continue to grow and change along with our community well into the future and for as long as our community exists.

How has the community been involved in the Connect Kootenai visioning process?

The community as a whole contributed to the creation of a long-range vision and near-term action plan. Citizen input was gathered in a variety of ways including through public events and forums, community workshops, opinion and web-based surveys, social media, citizen working groups, open houses and community presentations. You can view the process on our History and Community Studies pages.

How can I be involved?

Collaboration is key to our community’s success! Please visit our Contact page. There are many ways to get involved! Become an implementation lead partner or resource, sign up as an outreach volunteer at community events, apply for committee openings, join our email list to stay informed, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be notified of calls for community participation, and/or donate in-kind and financial resources.

What is Connect Kootenai?

Connect Kootenai is a community-based nonprofit organization that created a long-term Vision for Kootenai county (the Cities and all adjacent areas) – as well as a detailed Implementation Plan for how we get there. Learn more about our History.

What does Connect Kootenai do?

Our community envisions a future that preserves our region’s natural beauty and provides our citizens’ health, safety, and prosperity for generations to come.

Connect Kootenai facilitates the creation of this shared vision. Connect Kootenai brings together community partners to help make the community’s vision materialize through implementation. Learn more on our About page and our Project Archive page.

How does Connect Kootenai help make the community’s vision a reality?

Collaboration – Connect Kootenai represents the voices of thousands of citizens and dozens of organizations to contribute to a shared vision for the future of Kootenai county for generations to come. The vision is an affirmation of our shared values and goals.

Coordination – Connect Kootenai facilitates partnerships between community agencies, organizations, and citizens, utilizing their unique talents to make the vision of a bright future for Kootenai county a reality through an Implementation Plan.

Community Action – As the steward of the community’s Implementation Plan, Connect Kootenai brings together active community partners to work together to carry out the strategies of the Implementation Plan through real action, driving us toward the bright future we collaboratively envision.

Who is Connect Kootenai?

Connect Kootenai is a nonprofit organization with a Volunteer Board of Directors and a staff of two. Our Board of Directors are strategically selected from local businesses, government agencies, the education sector, and civic and community-based organizations to ensure that those leading Kootenai county to a bright future holistically represent our community and the vision of our citizens. See our Leadership page for more information.

What is an Implementation Plan?

An Implementation Plan includes strategies with specific actions designed to achieve priorities and realize a community’s vision and goals. The plan, which identifies partners who will implement the action items and timeframes for those actions, is a living document that is continually updated to show completed actions and progress implementing the community vision, and will include revisions and additions over time. It can be part of a comprehensive plan or a stand-alone document. See the full Implementation Plan here.

What is Connect Kootenai’s relationship with the City of Coeur d’Alene?

The City of Coeur d’Alene is a major sponsor and partner of Connect Kootenai. Connect Kootenai has partnered on many projects including the Missing Middle Housing Forum, America’s Best Communities grant, East Sherman Revitalization Plan, PARK(ing) It On Sherman, initial Health Corridor planning, and more. Connect Kootenai staff and board members have contributed thousands of volunteer hours on the Envision Coeur d’Alene Plan.

Who ‘owns’ the Connect Kootenai vision and plan?

The Vision and Implementation Plan are living documents owned by the community and guided by Connect Kootenai. Local businesses, government, education, civic and community-based partners are involved in funding and implementation. It is your plan and we need you to help achieve it.

How is the Connect Kootenai funded and supported?

Funds are raised through public and private donations, grant funding, and sponsorship of specific budget expenses. The Connect Kootenai Vision and Implementation Plan is ‘owned’ by the community with dozens of business, government, education, civic, and community-based partners involved in funding and implementing our community’s Vision. These contributions underscore strong public support for the organization. Please view our list of partners here and our annual report here.

How long will Connect Kootenai exist?

In 2013, Connect Kootenai facilitated the development of greater Coeur d’Alene’s Vision plan but we look forward to help all cities in Kootenai county. We have monitored and tracked the progress of this plan since then, realizing that the plan will need to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our community. The original vision has evolved into a partnership with the City of Coeur d’Alene called Envision Coeur d’Alene, a long-range planning project created to develop a citywide plan through 2040. The Envision plan is a revision to the original Connect Kootenai Implementation Plan, which will continue to grow and change along with our community well into the future and for as long as our community exists.

How has the community been involved in the Connect Kootenai visioning process?

The community as a whole contributed to the creation of a long-range vision and near-term action plan. Citizen input was gathered in a variety of ways including through public events and forums, community workshops, opinion and web-based surveys, social media, citizen working groups, open houses and community presentations. You can view the process on our History and Community Studies pages.

How can I be involved?

Collaboration is key to our community’s success! Please visit our Contact page. There are many ways to get involved! Become an implementation lead partner or resource, sign up as an outreach volunteer at community events, apply for committee openings, join our email list to stay informed, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be notified of calls for community participation, and/or donate in-kind and financial resources.