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Altitude: 2,150 Feet above sea level.

Climate: Post Falls has four distinct seasons. Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall, with temperatures ranging in the 90's midsummer and low teens during the Winter.

Precipitation: Post Falls averages 29 inches of rain and 49 inches of snow.

Transportation: Post Falls is served by I-90, which extends east and west of the panhandle of Idaho through Post Falls. Post Falls is located approximately two miles east of the junction of State Highway 41, which extends approximately 8 miles to Rathdrum Idaho. Post Falls is approximately 7 miles west of State Highway 95 which extends the length of Idaho to Canada.
Amtrak passenger service is available in Spokane, Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho. Bus service and taxi service are available within the immediate area. Air passenger service is available with Spokane International Airport.

Historical Background: Post Falls is named for Frederick Post, a German immigrant, who constructed a lumber mill along the Spokane River in 1871 on land he purchased from Andrew Seltice, Chief of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. The purchase of the land is preserved in a pictograph on a granite cliff in Treaty Rock park.

Post Falls is located four miles east of the Washington-Idaho border along Interstate 90 in Kootenai County and is bounded by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to the east, the State of Washington to the west, the Spokane River to the south and the Rathdrum prairie to the north.  Post Falls is 20 miles east of Spokane, Washington and approximately 100 miles south of the Canadian border.Due to the proximity of numerous lakes, rivers and mountains, Post Falls, Idaho is an inviting place to live and visit. This fact is reflected in the tourism and retail sectors of the economy, with an increasing number of retail, dining and entertainment businesses locating in the City. Additionally, Post Falls has become a favored retirement community.

The City of Post Falls has grown from 7,350 residents in 1990 to an estimated 28,651 in 2012, making it the 10th largest city in Idaho. This influx of new residents has resulted in a strong construction industry until the last three years. Currently, the level has decreased over the last four years, but is anticipated to see slight growth in FY 12

Kootenai County traditionally has had a timber-based economy. That is changing gradually, as the manufacturing base has become more diverse. Jobs Plus, Inc., the local economic development organization has recruited several small to medium sized firms to the county. Manufacturing jobs are found primarily in electronics, lumber and furniture at the present. Post Falls was the chosen location for Flexcel (now Kimball Office), Inc., a major furniture manufacturer that relocated to North Idaho nearly fifteen years ago and employs a workforce of 350. This was done with the help of Jobs Plus, Inc. and by creating an Urban Renewal District to help build infrastructure. This District closed out at the end of
December 2001. Jobs Plus, Inc. has also just recently helped bring Center Partners, a call center business (employing a workforce of 300), and Buck Knives brought their manufacturing headquarters (workforce of 250) to the City. Also, Wal-Mart opened its new store in January of 2005. Sysco foods opened their distribution plant during 2005. This project was made possible by Jobs Plus, Inc., Urban Renewal, and the City working together. Also, a community development block grant for $500,000 was used to help fund a water tower (approximately $1,500,000 total cost) that was needed on the west side
of town for development in that area. In 2007, Cabela’s opened its doors to a beautiful 130,000 square foot retail store.

Considerable economic development activity transpired in Post Falls in 2009 including the opening of ALK Source Materials/Biopol which is a Danish pharmaceutical company. Ground Force Manufacturing, a large construction equipment manufacturer, completed an addition that increased their production space by 20,000 square feet in 2009 in order to meet the heavy demands for their mining construction products around the globe. In 2010, a second Super Wal-Mart store opened near the new Cabela’s store, and Lowe’s Home Improvement finalized the purchase of land adjacent to the new Wal- Mart at the Pointe at Post Falls. A new 30,000 professional office building to house a high tech educational software company named Ednetics; the State of Idaho Department of Labor finalized construction and opened their new regional office here in Post Falls that provides services to the northern five counties of Idaho; C&S Glass began constructing a new 10,000 square foot glass service and distribution center, and the infrastructure was completed within the City Center on the first phase of the Post Falls Landing Commercial project that is designed to accommodate a hospitality element and several retail and professional buildings. In October of 2011, Love’s Travel Centers opened a new fuel center along Interstate 90 that also has a convenience store and new Carl’s Jr. Restaurant. Blue Dog RV opened a new recreational vehicle showroom and maintenance facility; a new Burger King restaurant opened adjacent to the original Wal-Mart store. In 2012, the community anticipates additional commercial and industrial development and growth. Specifically, Blue Dog RV will be constructing a new 16 bay recreational vehicle repair and maintenance facility; expansion of Raycap Industries production and engineering facility within the Riverbend Commerce Park; construction of a new 80,000 manufacturing and fabrication facility for a new company by the name of Underground Force; construction of 150 new units of market rate multifamily housing within the Tullamore development in east Post Falls; and the construction of a new clinic facility for the Dirne Community Health Center.

The City will also finally see the construction of the Post Falls Club facility of the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County. This facility is anticipated to be 10,000 square feet and will begin construction in April. The most exciting project that is anticipated to both be started and completed is a new freeway interchange along Interstate 90 at Beck Road. This interchange is a design build project that is expected to begin in February of 2012 and be
completed in the fall. This new interchange will usher in additional development opportunities within the Pointe at Post Falls’ shopping center.

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