Economic Development
for Southeast Idaho


Projects and Services

The extensive knowledge and education of SICOG’s Community Economic Development team ensures successful services related to development and planning, management assistance, and other key activities.


• Comprehensive Planning
• Charrette
• Environmental Review

Project Financing:

• Grants
• Loans
• Match
• Bonding


• Funding
• Project Technical
• Assistance
• Davis-Bacon
• Administrative Services


• Contract Negotiations
• Architect and Engineering
• Procurement
• Meeting Facilitation
—public hearing
—high stakes
• Land Acquisition

Power County Hospital

Power County Hospital was awarded $10,000 by the IFFT foundation for a beautification effort around the hospital’s entrance. Shown above volunteers helped install landscaping making the vision come to life.

Montpelier Downtown Revitalization Project

The City of Montpelier was awarded a Community Development Block Grant for a revitalization project in the downtown area. The City has partnered with the Montpelier Community Foundation, USDA-RD, and other businesses in their town to put together a $1.3 million downtown project that will serve the community for years to come. The project includes replacing dilapidated sidewalks and pavers, planting trees, placing planters, benches and trashcans along Washington Street, and reinventing an old pocket park to be a featured part of the downtown area. The pocket park is the city’s main focus for this project and will be brought to life with ADA accessible walkways, lighting, a pavilion, murals depicting Montpelier history, and a number of artistic features crafted by local artists. SICOG has been working with City Council member, Steve Allred, and city employee, Shannon Holjeson, through the development and design phases of this project.

McCammon Fire Station

McCammon’s current fire station was originally built to serve as a maintenance shed. The fire station has no running water, and no insulation. Cramped quarters have limited the ability to upsize equipment and effectively deploy engines due to lack of maneuverability.  Although it has served the community well, the current station lacks the space and function to meet the needs of the growing community safely and effectively. The new facility will be located at the city owned property at the north entrance of the City of McCammon. The facility will allow for increased volunteerism, a site for an ambulance as well as a possible sub-station for the Bannock County Sherriff. The project will allow the City to recruit more firefighters and increase training for the volunteers therefore providing better response times and outcomes throughout the district. The City successfully passed a General Obligation bond to fund the project and was awarded $500K from Idaho Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant. Strong citizen, local official and county support has led to successful grant funding and partnerships to maximize the building of the new fire station and allow expanded county services in southern Bannock County.

Blackfoot Technical Education Center

Blackfoot School District was awarded a $3.3 million dollar grant for their Blackfoot Technical Education Center. In March 2021, the school district successfully passed a bond to fund numerous improvement activities, including renovating IT Stoddard Elementary and building two new classroom facilities to house their ever-growing career technical education (CTE) program. With the bond funds, the School District is matching the EDA grant at 50% so the technical education center project will be a $6.6 million project that will serve Blackfoot School District students and the community at large through continuing education classes (partnering with ISU) and retraining opportunities (partnering with area businesses). The project includes the renovation of IT Stoddard to equip the building with better classroom and shop facilities, the construction of two additional 11,000 square foot engineered steel buildings for classrooms, shops, and support area, and the purchase of necessary equipment to support the existing and future programs offered at the facility.

Housing Partnership – City of American Falls and NeighborWorks

In partnership with the City of American Falls and SICOG, NeighborWorks Pocatello has submitted a grant to the Idaho Department of Commerce to help with the construction of 10 affordable homes in the City of American Falls. With housing prices at an all-time high, NeighborWorks homes are reserved for buyers at 80% or below MHI, as set by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The partnership with the City of American Falls has already produced two single family homes, sold in 2021, and they are currently constructing a twin home.

The NeighborWorks model allows for attainable homeownership with first time home buyer education, financial education and counseling and gap financing. The Community Development Block Grant for $450,000 will help bring infrastructure and accessibility to the planned homes in American Falls.

ISU College of Technology Eames Complex

In 2018 our team engaged in discussions with Idaho State University to expand their on-site Diesel tech program. The University was in the middle of a large campaign to renovate the Eames Complex (formerly Ballard Medical) to house the majority of the College of Tech programs. The modifications to be made to the current footprint of the complex made it necessary to house the program with its specific exhaust systems, noise outputs and apparatuses on its own. With the support of industry partners, generous private donations and EDA we assisted the college in obtaining a $2.3 Million grant to build the Diesel Tech building. The EDA Construction projects grant funds are available for public infrastructure that benefits multiple industry partners.

City of Malad Splash Pad

The City of Malad was awarded a $150,000 block grant for a new Splash Pad. Strong community support and the efforts of the fundraising committee resulted in raising over $30,000 worth of cash and in-kind donations.


Power County Hospital