City of Moscow Idaho
The City of Moscow has been working to foster a thriving community since its foundation in 1887. “The goal of the City of Moscow is to deliver services to meet citizen expectations and enhance our sense of community. It’s more than doing the daily things like keeping the water running, maintaining our infrastructure, providing safety services, etc. Our goal is to also contribute to the charm, beauty, culture, inclusiveness, and intellect that Moscow is known for,” said Mayor Bill Lambert of the City of Moscow.
In the following feature, Mayor Lambert details the City’s efforts in supporting entrepreneurship and economic development through a variety of programs, including the Partnership for Economic Prosperity, Palouse Knowledge Corridor, and PKC’s Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp. “Partnership and collaboration is the key. The power of our region is limitless when we work together… The City itself understands that economic development and entrepreneurship is a key factor in maintaining and continuing to enhance the Moscow community as addressed in our strategic planning efforts,” said Mayor Lambert about the City’s commitment to fostering the economic success of our community.
Learn more about the City of Moscow, America’s first NewCity, and their continued efforts to collaborate with the citizens of the Palouse to foster the success of Moscow and the Palouse region below:
First, please briefly tell us about the City of Moscow’s mission, and the goal of the city government.
The City’s mission: The City of Moscow delivers quality municipal services while ensuring responsible use of resources. We anticipate and meet the needs of our diverse population in order to build public trust and enhance a sense of community. The goal of the City of Moscow is to deliver services to meet citizen expectations and enhance our sense of community. It’s more than doing the daily things like keeping the water running, maintaining our infrastructure, providing safety services, etc. Our goal is to also contribute to the charm, beauty, culture, inclusiveness and intellect that Moscow is known for.
What is the City of Moscow’s entrepreneurial philosophy?
Economic Development is an important priority for our region and Moscow looks forward to the work we’ll be doing as a community and with our regional partners to continue to make things happen here on the Palouse. We’ve realized the success of providing the needed support for businesses that are growing right here on the Palouse and are committed to furthering those efforts.
How does the City of Moscow work to develop entrepreneurship and economic development in Moscow and the Palouse region?
Partnership and collaboration is the key. The power of our region is limitless when we work together. We are proud to participate in the regional Palouse Knowledge Corridor™ endeavor and have worked to create the Partnership for Economic Prosperity or PEP collaborative to assist in economic development in Idaho as a complement to the resources Washington provides. The City itself understands that economic development and entrepreneurship is a key factor in maintaining and continuing to enhance the Moscow community as addressed in our strategic planning efforts.
Why did the City of Moscow decide to get involved with BTE Bootcamp™, specifically in sponsoring events?
The City of Moscow has been a proud participant and sponsor of the BTE Bootcamp™ and the Palouse Knowledge Corridor for many years in many different ways. In 2006, Moscow had the privilege of participating in a pilot project for the NewCities Institute and became America’s first NewCity. Given that there are two land grant universities within 10 miles of each of other, one of the NewCities Institute’s more prominent recommendations that came from that process was the creation of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor. The goal was to create a collaborative working relationship between Moscow and Pullman, the University of Idaho and Washington State University, and Latah and Whitman Counties, in order to leverage efforts to promote the region as a whole.
To date we continue to participate with the PKC as a board member and the door is always open to discuss opportunities for making the PKC and the BTE Bootcamp™ a success.
Why has the City decided to continue their involvement?
It all comes back to partnerships and collaboration and how we can work together to make things happen in our communities. The PKC through the BTE Bootcamp™ is bringing positive attention to our area as a tremendous place to do business. The Bootcamp™ also brings physical attention to our area as campers come from around the region, many of whom may not have been to the Palouse area without this opportunity.
In what ways have you seen BTE Bootcamp™ impact the region?
In addition to the reasons why the City has continued their involvement, the success of the partnerships and each entity’s response to the success has a great impact. Each success that comes from partnerships such as these helps to build the confidence and the willingness to tackle the next big thing. Successes such as seen with the PKC and BTE Bootcamp™ have fostered further collaborative efforts such as the Pullman-Moscow Runway Realignment project.
Why should local organizations and businesses support entrepreneurial development?
An additional impact to the area is the showcasing of local businesses which helps to provide that example of what can be done through entrepreneurial efforts right here on the Palouse. EMSI’s participation in the BTE Bootcamp™, the success seen at the Alturas Technology Park, and our local hospital participation are excellent examples of how we have the resources available to develop our entrepreneurial talent right here in our own backyards.
What makes Moscow a special place to do business?
Moscow is a true community in every sense of the word. We offer the best of both worlds as a small town that is personable, inclusive, and accessible with a big town vibe including robust arts, culture, and intellectual amenities surrounded by other amazing Palouse communities.