Economic Development

SIEDO-REDS provides economic and business development services to the Magic Valley’s rural communities. REDS (formerly known as Southern Idaho Rural Development) will support the economic development needs of the rural communities within Gooding, Lincoln, Twin Falls, and Camas Counties.

Our Services
Business retention and expansion
Facilitate the development of local resources for start-ups and entrepreneurs
Identify properties available for development or redevelopment
​Link rural communities with resources to implement their economic development goals

Helpful Resources
Community Economic Development Resources & Partners
Idaho Department of Commerce – If you’re a new or existing Idaho company, you can apply for grants to cover almost any aspect of your business, like expanding your customer base, improving your access to community infrastructure, and more.
Idaho Small Business Development Center – Region IV – Provides no-fee business consulting & low cost business trainings
Region IV Development – Region IV Development works in the area of community development, economic development, downtown revitalization and business financing to encourage development and diversification in the economy of Southern Idaho.
Idaho Small Business Development Center Business Learning Network Global Classroom – Find courses in entrepreneurship, accounting & finance, and professional development.
Idaho Power “Energy for Growth” Marketing Grants – Idaho Power provides financial support to economic development organizations for strategic planning, marketing activities and prospecting campaigns.
Local First Toolkit ​- Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)​ ​
Small Town Growth
101 Small Ways to Improve Your City
Agriculture Industry
Cultivating Success (Tools for small farms and ranchers)
Food for thought: A Call to Action on the Future of Sustainable Agriculture – Council for Sustainability and Innovation

Meet our Rural Economic Development ​Coordinator!
Ervina Covcic has been with Southern Idaho Economic Development (SIED) for 4+ years and transitioned into the Rural Specialist role for REDS in February 2020. Ervina has her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boise State University and is currently studying to receive her MBA with an emphasis in business analytics from St. Bonaventure University in New York.