Valley Vision presented a program update to the LC Valley Commission

LEWISTON, ID - In other commission news, Valley Vision representatives said unemployment is down to 5.5% in the Valley between both counties since May.

Executive Director Doug Mattoon gave the commission a program update, explaining the goals of the privately owned economic development agency. Mattoon said the unemployment rate has always been higher than the national average but since May 2004 that hasn't been the case.

"Some of that has to be because of our activities on the Valley-wide basis to work on workforce development," said Mattoon.

Valley Vision also works on business retention and recruitment. Members of Valley Vision just returned from Sweden where they met with distributors who are interested in the shallow water vessels manufactured in the Valley.