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OPERATION FACELIFT 3-21-12 LMS

At its March 21 meeting the Salmon City Council heard about a project aimed to help communities spruce up their downtown areas.

Tammy Stringham, Executive Director of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association, (LCEDA) introduced the project known as Operation Facelift.

She said Operation Facelift is a LCEDA project that will be carried out in cooperation with the Regional Eastern Idaho Economic Development partners.

Stringham said the project began in the Twin Falls area when the Southern Idaho Economic Development partnership decided to act out an idea based on someone noticing that a downtown building could really use a fresh coat of paint facelift.

The ‘refreshing’ idea grew into a challenge that went out to 12 area communities. They were asked to pick a one week time frame and choose businesses in their downtown areas that could use some work. Money was raised on local levels, the regional group contributed $1000 to each community, volunteer workers were organized and downtown facades were improved. Stringham said the same can be done here.

The regional group has offered the communities of Salmon and Leadore $640 each, LCEDA has contributed $300 and the Local Option Tax commission has been approached for funding. At the time of her presentation they were looking at a time frame of June 11th through the 22nd. She said a coordinator for the program was needed along with volunteers. As the project progresses decisions will be made as to which buildings will receive the facelifts.

Stringham will be presenting the plan to various service groups during the next few weeks and she in hopes the project can become an annual event.

She told the council all LCEDA is asking of the city is its support for the effort and suggested the possibility of combining the facelift project with the city’s annual clean up day.

Anyone interested in learning more or joining the Operation Face Lift project may contact Stringham at 756-1567.


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