Opening Books, Opening Doors
Opening Books, Opening Doors is a community partnership and commitment to ensure that all students in the Coeur d’Alene School District exiting third grade meet grade-level reading proficiency goals. This initiative is anchored by a $600,000 grant provided to the University of Idaho. CDA 2030 was an integral partner who helped bring key stakeholders together to initiate the project: The Innovia Foundation (formerly the Inland Northwest Community Foundation) anchored the grant by providing $300,000 with four companies providing additional funds, Mountain West Bank, Bouten Construction, Numerica Credit Union, and Community Focus Trust.
In partnership with Coeur d’Alene Public Schools and the University of Idaho, the project coordinates the literacy efforts of parents, volunteers and nonprofit organizations in Coeur d’Alene to create a community-wide approach to ensure reading success for K-3 students.
This project has four key strategies:
• Kindergarten Readiness
• Quality Teachers in a Literacy-Rich Learning Environment
• Parent Engagement Reading Initiative
• Out-of-School Learning
Actions Supported: E&L 1.2 Educational Volunteers, E&L 1.4 Grassroots Support for Education, E&L 4.1 Kindergarten Readiness Program, E&L 4.2 Pre-K Programs, E&L 4.6 Summer Kids Programs, E&L 4.7 Summer Reading Programs, E&L 4.13 Teaching the “Idaho Core”, E&L 4.14 Parent Involvement.
CDA 2030 assisted with Marketing and community outreach for the duration of the project. CDA 2030 and sponsors successfully provided over 17,850 books for 161 elementary school classrooms.
Missing Middle Housing Forum
August 14, 2019
The City of Coeur d’Alene, Cda Association of REALTORS, and CDA 2030 partnered to host a half-day Missing Middle Housing Forum to address the need for infill, urban, and affordable housing inventory in our community and the greater region. Missing Middle Housing is a transformative concept that highlights the need for diverse, affordable housing choices in sustainable, walkable places. It encompasses all of the housing types in between single-family detached homes and mid-rise apartments.
The forum included panelists from the City of Coeur d’Alene, the Coeur d’Alene Association of REALTORS, Habitat for Humanity, North Idaho Building Contractors Association, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, bankers/lenders, and major employers in Coeur d’Alene. The forum also includes a housing preferences exercise to identify preferred housing types and areas of the community suitable for Missing Middle Housing. There were roundtable discussions focused on housing demand; financing ideas; creative solutions for housing; compatible housing types; incentives for affordable housing; what is working in other communities; and short- and long-term goals for Missing Middle Housing.
Action Supported: C&I 3.1 Mix of Housing Types
East Sherman District Revitalization Plan
Based on community input and feedback from the East Sherman Leadership Committee, the planning document for East Sherman has been updated thanks to the help of Community Builders’ subconsultant, Cheney Bostic of Studio Seed.
The East Sherman District Revitalization Plan is a “DRAFT” (it hasn’t been adopted or formally accepted by City Council yet). One of the changes you may notice is that the title has been updated to East Sherman District Revitalization Plan so that it wouldn’t be confused with master planning documents that are commonly part of urban renewal evaluations and because it doesn’t include detailed design or engineering drawings.
The goal is to schedule meetings/study sessions with the Leadership Committee, Planning Commission and City Council in early 2020 to review the revitalization plan and begin moving forward with implementation.
Vision for the Health Corridor
The Vision for the Health Corridor report was prepared by a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) of the Idaho District Council of the Urban Land Institute. The TAP was facilitated by CDA 2030 and sponsored by Kootenai Health and Parkwood Business Properties.
Keep The Beat
February 8, 2018
Keep the Beat was a day of free CPR, AED, and First Aid training. The goal was to increase the number of citizens throughout the community properly trained to recognize and provide initial care for a variety of emergencies. Importantly, this training provided attendees with life-saving knowledge to help stabilize situations to allow emergency medical professionals to arrive.
Trained 184 community members (110 learned hands-only CPR and 74 were certified in CPR/AED and First Aid). Before training, only 59% indicated that they would act during a CPR emergency. After training, 97% indicated they would.
Action Supported: H&S 3.5 Community Preparedness
Performing Arts Center Market and Feasibility Study
The Performing Arts Center Market and Feasibility Study was prepared by HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting. The study assesses the feasibility of developing a state-of-the-art performing center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The study was facilitated by CDA 2030 and funded by ignite cda.
Workplace Excellence Series
CDA 2030, in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Labor, was granted $8,000 from United Way of North Idaho to purchase the Workplace Excellence Series soft skills curriculum. The Workplace Excellence Series was designed with flexibility in mind to be delivered to students, incumbent workers, job seekers, and workforce veterans providing them opportunities to learn and foster “career soft skills”, such as effective communication, dependability, attitude, flexibility, and many other skills which culminate in professionalism on the job and the desire to help a company succeed. Funds from this grant serve unemployed and underemployed populations due to being under-resourced.
This grant was a great opportunity to affect positive changes in the lives of those in our community struggling to secure continuous employment.
Actions Supported: J&E 2.4, Basic Workforce Skills and E&L, 2.2 Career Soft Skills