• The Partnership

    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.

Guiding Principles

Inherent in the foundation of this organization and critical to its success, participation in The Partnership requires acceptance of the following principles and guidelines: economic development in Latah County is a team sport. In order for The Partnership to be successful, the economic development goals of the entire County must take precedence over the goals of any individual, organization, or entity involved in the organization. The Partnership represents the economic interests of all of Latah County. We believe economic opportunity can and should happen anywhere within the County. A “win” in Moscow is a “win” in Potlatch and vice versa.

  • Structure

    As the lead economic development consortium and under the direction of an established Board and Executive Committee, The Partnership serves as the sole economic development organization for all of Latah County. The Partnership consists of representatives from the University of Idaho, City of Moscow, Latah County, Moscow Chamber of Commerce, and private business interests.

Who We Are

Our Executive Director & Board of Directors

  • Gina Taruscio
    Executive Director
  • Dan Ewart
    VP for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Idaho
  • Paul Kimmell
    Vice President
    Business and Public Affairs, Avista Corporation
  • Bill Belknap
    City Supervisor
  • Sam Martinet
    Board Member
    Executive Director, Moscow Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathie LaFortune
    Board Member
    Latah County Commissioner