Meadows Valley Community Review
The Idaho Community Review Program provides observations, recommendations, and potential
resources to Idaho communities with populations of 10,000 or less. The communities participate in the program to better understand how they might effectively approach long-standing and emerging
community issues and opportunities. To initiate a review, community leaders begin assembling a “Home Team” and selecting three subject areas that will be the focus of the review. These “focus areas”
become the basis for the creation of the “Visiting Team”, a group of 12-18 community and economic development professionals employed by public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private
businesses across the state.
The Visiting Team spends three days in the community learning about issues through tours,
meetings, listening sessions, and interviews with community leaders and residents. The review concludes on the evening of the third day with a public presentation of preliminary observations,
recommendations, and resources.
The program cannot instantly resolve all issues, but it has been evaluated as an invigorating,
validating, and unifying experience by the 21 communities that have participated in the program since 2000. Community reviews also provide invaluable networking opportunities, setting the stage for
future resource referrals and follow up activities.
Coordinated by the Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP), the New Meadows/Meadows Valley Community Review was a collaborative project of IRP member organizations and agencies, City of New Meadows, USDA Rural Development and its Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) program, University of Idaho Extension Service, Sage Community Resources, Idaho Power, and other federal, state, local, nonprofit, and consulting organizations.