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  • Purpose and Intent 

    Economic vitality is critical to the long-term viability of any community, county, or region. We all have an important role to play in creating jobs, building economic resilience, and introducing innovative solutions that improve the competitiveness of our communities here in Latah County. While economic development can be defined in many ways, it ultimately is the business of helping business expand and create jobs. 

    From a public perspective, local economic development involves the allocation of limited resources - land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship in a way that has a positive effect on the level of business activity, employment, income distribution patterns, and fiscal solvency. At its heart, economic development is about building healthy economies in order to have healthy communities. 

    The intent of The Partnership for Economic Prosperity (The Partnership) is to bring business, government, education and community leadership together for the purpose of strengthening the Latah County economy through the retention and expansion of existing business and industry, the attraction and recruitment of new businesses, and the continuing diversification of our economic base. 


    The Partnership for Economic Prosperity, Inc. (PEP) has an outstanding career opportunity for the right candidate to fill the position of Executive Director.  PEP is a non-profit corporation dedicated to a coordinated and comprehensive program of economic development to the Latah County region of Idaho. PEP is a collaboration of Latah County, the City of Moscow, University of Idaho, and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, whose purpose is to create quality employment opportunities in Latah County compatible with local values. The position is located in the community of Moscow, Idaho, home to the University of Idaho.   

    The Executive Director, under the direction and supervision of the Board of Directors, provides economic development services to the members of PEP to advance county-wide economic growth and development.

    The successful candidate will possess the vision and energy necessary to emphasize business support, development, recruitment, and retention.  Leadership in developing marketing strategies that promote the County, its cities, and the region as a business destination, is a first priority.  The successful candidate will collaborate with other local, regional, state, and federal economic development entities.

    Any combination of education, and/or experience equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Economics, or a related field, and five (5) years progressively responsible experience in economic or community development or closely related field.  Experience in private sector business and local government is highly desirable.  Specific experience in economic development is preferred.

    The beginning annual salary is $80,000 DOE.  PEP offers a full range of benefits, including a stipend for health, dental, and vision insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement match of up to four percent (4%).  There is also the potential for future performance incentives after the first year.

    Latah County is located in northern Idaho, in an area known as the Palouse.  The University of Idaho, the State’s land-grant institution, is complemented by Washington State University, also a land-grant university, located only eight (8) miles away in Pullman, Washington.  Moscow, the county seat, offers a unique blend of small-town comfort and big-city amenities.  Take advantage of the natural recreational opportunities, such as hiking, bicycling, fishing or hunting, then browse Idaho’s #1 Farmers Market, catch a major college game, attend an art opening, or enjoy Moscow’s lively downtown scene and dine at one of Moscow’s world-class restaurants.  For more information on PEP or the participating partners, please contact the PEP Vice President, Gary J. Riedner at 208-883-7006 or by email at griedner@ci.moscow.id.us.  For more information on the region, please visit www.ci.moscow.id.us, www.moscowchamber.com, www.uidaho.edu, or www.latah.id.us.

    Applications are available online at http://www.ci.moscow.id.us/executivedirector.  An application, cover letter, and résumé are required and will be accepted by the PEP Executive Board through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 by mail at PO Box 9464, Moscow, Idaho 83843 or dropped off at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, 411 S. Main Street, Moscow, Idaho.