Economic Development & Business Assistance
The City of Driggs is an extraordinary place to live, visit and do businesses. Our downtown serves as the primary business center for Teton Valley (approximate pop. 11,000) and is located at the crossroads of SH33 (6,000 average daily trips) and Ski Hill Road (3,000 ADT). Our emerging base industries are Tourism / Visitor Services, Information (e-commerce / telecommuting), and Specialty Manufacturing (outdoor gear and specialty foods). Amenities and services such as uncrowded access to the Tetons, a top-notch municipal airport and fiber optic internet lure and provide support for a diverse crop of entrepreneurs and residents.
The city is actively working with many other local and regional partners on the economic development strategies and initiatives listed below.
Economic development or new business inquiries should be directed to Doug Self, Driggs Community Development Director (208-354-2362 ext 2111).
CORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
Information and Assistance for Businesses - This section provides information for businesses and entrepreneurs, including studies of targeted industries, retail leakage analysis, profiles of available properties, local microloan program information, a guide to city permitting, and a listing of available business assistance programs.
Quality of Life Improvements - This economic development strategy acknowledges that Teton Valley attracts visitors, new residents and investors because of the exceptional quality of life that is offered here, and that building on this solid foundation is one of the best investments towards our future success.
Tourism Development - This industry is considered the most promising for return on investment, given the proximity to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole, and Grand Targhee Resort, as well as the creation of the Teton Scenic Byway, the upgrade of the Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, and the uncrowded experience that is offered on the West side of the Tetons. Sub-strategies include Branding and Marketing, Visitor Information, and Events.
Coordination of Economic Development - The city pursues this strategy through a county-wide economic development steering committee that is working towards finalizing an economic development strategic plan in early 2013.