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The people of the region welcome industry and encourage economic development and business growth.

Hells Canyon State Park

National Geographic featured our region in their article, “A Paradise Called The Palouse.” Another beautiful part of our region is the acclaimed “Gateway to Hells Canyon”; The deepest river gorge in the United States. Our region is noted for its forests, agricultural production, scenic beauty, and our unique concentration of higher education institutions in a rural area. Our lifestyles are a mixture of outdoor recreational leisure, community events, arts and festivals. We are bordered by national forests, many wilderness areas, pristine lakes, white water rivers, and rugged canyons. In less than an hour’s drive, you can be fishing, camping, hunting, skiing or sailing.

We also have a wide range of culture. Ethnic and educational advantages include ballet, symphony, theatre, concerts, and university seminars. Pac-12 football, basketball, and the host city for the NAIA World Series headline the athletic events. Many fans also enjoy the complement of other sports played here. Our recreational and cultural opportunities are fantastic...but our business opportunities are too!

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From the business perspective, the region’s centralized location within four western states plus British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, combined with our intermodal transportation system, places the area in an enviable position.

The Lewis-Clark Valley is just a stone’s throw away from the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower forty-eight states: The River of No Return, Selway Bitterroot, Gospel Hump, Mallard-Larkins, Sawtooth, and Eagle Cap Wilderness Areas are all part of this watershed that includes another half-dozen National Forests and twice as many state and regional Parks. If it’s natural beauty you’re after, head for our region’s rivers and wilderness

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Average Rainfall 12.52 inches
Downtown Elevation 738 feet
Airport Elevation 1436 feet

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