Kitchen Incubator project underway in Driggs

A kitchen incubator project is underway in Driggs to help develop small food service businesses in the valley.

Food and agricultural business development were noted as an important goals in the Teton County Economic Development plan. The incubator will provide an early foundation in business courses and kitchen capital for would-be entrepreneurs.

“We targeted startup and small food businesses in Teton Valley and the neighboring communities. Basically, anyone who wants to sell food products in one form or another, but has to produce those products in a licensed kitchen,” said Doug Self, Driggs’ community development director and the project manager for the project.

In business parlance, an incubator is some entity which provides a springboard for a startup businesses to increase success. The kitchen incubator’s goal is to provide the commercial-level kitchen equipment, required by law, at a subsidized cost so potential business owners can defray startup cost and are in a better position to realize their goals.

The incubator received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other entities but also is seeking additional monies through a crowdfunding platform.

“The goal (of the crowdfunding) is to raise part of the matching funds for the USDA grant to purchase the remaining needed equipment,” Self said.

The crowdfunding campaign will launch on later this month.

“Our fundraising goal will be $4,500 (in 30 days, starting on Oct. 20),” Self said.

People also can friend or to get updates on the incubator and the crowdfunding campaign,” Self.

Anyone wanting more information can contact Self at

New casino expansion

moving forward in Fort Hall

The Fort Hall Business Council passed a resolution approving the funding for a new $35 million casino expansion project.

Ormond Builders of Idaho Falls was selected as the contractor for the project. The new 72,984-square-foot casino will be attached to the existing Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center, a Shoshone-Bannock Tribes news release said.

The project includes a new one-story casino, an 8,084-square-foot bingo hall and a pre-function corridor with connected storage.

The casino’s groundbreaking is scheduled for noon Oct. 17 on the west end of the hotel.

REDI, INL honored

for economic development

Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) and Idaho National Laboratory received an Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council, according to a news release.

The two groups were recognized for the promotional video “Living Life Now. Working for Tomorrow. Eastern Idaho,” which was developed by REDI as a part of its regional talent acquisition campaign.

In a news release, Stephanie Cook, INL’s economic and workforce development program manager said, “Talent pipeline is such an important element of economic development today. The video is a novel approach of eastern Idaho partnering together to solve the challenge.”

New medical clinic coming

to renovated building

A commercial building permit was filed on Sept. 19 to remodel the old 3rd Ward building on 13th Street in Idaho Falls to make way for a new medical clinic. The project does not yet have a date of completion but is valued over $100,000.

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