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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The launch of the new Kootenai County Indicators website marks the seventh Community Indicators project created by Eastern Washington University's Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis.

    Like other such websites, Kootenai County Indicators (www.kootenaitrends.org) offers a variety of information designed to help create a healthy, vibrant community by making data available in eight key categories for the Northern Idaho community: people, economic vitality, education, environment, health, housing, transportation, public safety and recreation and tourism.

    Under its Community Indicators Initiative, the institute has created similar websites for nine other counties around the state of Washington. Each website serves as sort of a data bank that provides analytical information on relevant community topics.

    Patrick Jones, the director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, pointed out that by providing relevant data in an easy-to-navigate website, the project seeks to help private and public decision-making and policy on the local level. "This website will give communities in Kootenai County a way to assess how they are doing in key quality of life areas," said Jones, who worked with community leaders from around Kootenai County to determine what data should be published.

    This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The Kootenai project is also funded by the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

    The Institute has co-developed and currently manages seven Community Indicators Projects, including the Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane, Walla Walla Trends, Chelan Douglas Trends, Northeast Washington Trends and Grant County Trends.

    The website was developed in collaboration with the EWU's Center for Digital Media and Design, utilizing the fourth generation of student teams and graphic designers.

    For more information about the project, contact Patrick Jones at 509.358.2266, or visit www.communityindicators.ewu.edu.

    For more details on the Kootenai County website, visit www.kootentaicountyindicators.org or www.kootenaitrends.org.

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