Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency and City Appoint Two New Members


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency appointed two new members to its board of directors during a board meeting on Friday, Nov. 16th. They will replace two former members who resigned earlier this month.
TFURA appointed Perri Gardner and Dexter Ball to fulfill the remainder of the terms left by outgoing members Bob Richards and Larry Hall, whose terms will expire June 2014. Both Richards and Hall submitted letters of resignation, citing concerns about conflicts of interest while serving in other capacities
for economic development in Magic Valley.
Gardner graduated from Twin Falls High School in 2004 and now serves as a grant writer for the College
of Southern Idaho. She previously worked as a legislative research associate at Stateside Associates in Arlington, Va.
“A fun, thriving downtown is vital to a community,” Gardner said. “Through continuing efforts to create
housing and employment space in downtown, it will be possible to create and place where people
want to go to shop, dine, and unwind. That’s my goal on the TFURA.”
Gardner has a strong interest in downtown Twin Falls, and she believes that dedicating TFURA efforts
in downtown will bring jobs and housing to the downtown area.
Ball previously served on the TFURA board of directors from 2002 through 2008. Ball worked in the title business for about 36 years. He founded, managed and sold a title business in Twin Falls. “I would like to see the continued emphasis on the four-block core in downtown,” Ball said. “I think
the agency has done a great job of getting businesses like St. Luke’s and Glanbia into that area. I believe
that when people think of urban renewal, those projects come to mind.”
Ball hopes that his experience will also help him and the agency achieve their mission to support economic growth and vitality in the City of Twin Falls.
“We had a strong pool of applicants whose backgrounds made them very competitive for the two
seats,” said Gary Garnand, chairman of the TFURA board. “The two people we chose are individuals
who we felt will bring the knowledge and dedication we need to the board.”
TFURA is governed by a seven-member private citizen board, which works closely with the Twin Falls
City Council to accomplish critical tasks that help the City grow and thrive.

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