With two research universities just 8 miles apart, Washington State University and the University of Idaho, local economic develpoment stakeholders have joined forces in creating and promoting the Palouse Knowledge Corridor. The Palouse Knowledge Corridor combines the resources of the two research land-grant institutions which offer courses and conduct research. The two universities are the top employers in the region, together employing nearly 10,000 individuals.
The local Chamber of Commerce is another great resource for information the life on the Palouse. The MURA is proud of its working partnerships with all local agencies as we work towards our mission to promote and support projects which achieve sustainable economic growth, vitality and community enhancement.
The City of Moscow is perhaps the most important partner of the MURA. The City's and MURA goals are strongly aligned and the partnership provides a substantial resource to the MURA and developers by bringing professionals from all facets of the City to the same table including Community Development, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and the like. The City is also a committed partner in promoting right-sized economic development while maintaining and improving the community.
In August of 2010, the Moscow Urban Renewal Agency purchased a key piece of property for redevelopment in the Legacy Crossing Urban Renewal District. The property is located at the southeast corner 6th and Jackson Streets.
The decision to purchase the property was made in accordance with the mission of the agency, which is to promote and support projects that achieve sustainable economic growth, vitality, and which enhance the community. To that end, the Commission is working with a group of students at the University of Idaho to highlight the potential this property has to enhance the community. Ideas for imaginable redevelopment include taking advantage of green space opportunities, potential for calming traffic measures, public space considerations, as well as the potential for various types of development.
Linked below are the team presentations the class has prepared.