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The city of Fairfield, Idaho is creating a class to train citizens on 3D printers and to attract businesses to the area.

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February 23, 2016View for printing

Fairfield was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Idaho Department of Labor after it applied for the department's micro-grant program. Fairfield recently conducted a community review with the Idaho Rural Partnership to identify what skill sets were lacking in the community.

The Fairfield city government met with local employers, who said the community needs workforce training in 3D printing and AutoCads, computers that help to control machines such as 3D printers.

The DOL micro-grant program awards up to $25,000 to local, rural communities for workforce development projects. Project requirements can be found on the department's website ... grants.aspx .

Fairfield, a small city located about 60 miles northeast of Mountain Home, also collected about $26,000 from local partners.

By: Benton Alexander Smith

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Another example of how vitally important it is for any economic development effort to first take an inventory of everything that can have an impact on the outcome.

What are the strengths of the business community, clusters of industry, workforce concentrations, people and companies outside of the community who may want to participate in some way etc. that can be maximized to improve the economy.

It's no longer efficient to shot gun economic development and try to embrace all industries. Look for concentrations of industries that can be the focus of ED efforts to develop clusters of excellence.

It all starts with a careful and extensive inventory.

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