Nez Perce Multi-Purpose Training Education + Business Incubator Facility Feasibility Study

Client: Nez Perce Tribe (Nimi'ipuu) of Northern Idaho

Location: Lapwai, ID

Project Date: 2009-2010

Project Lead: Ellen Campfield Nelson

The Nez Perce Tribe (Nimi’ipuu) of Northern Idaho contracted with Agnew::Beck to complete a feasibility study for a Multi-Purpose Training Education and Business Incubator Facility. The facility serves as a one-stop educational center, offering workforce training, early to adult education and a business incubator for tribal members and other residents from Idaho, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. The center provides residents with the educational assistance they need to pursue local economic development efforts, while supporting traditional tribal culture. Agnew::Beck prepared a feasibility assessment and business plan for the facility, working with representatives from the Nez Perce Tribe, partner organizations and other local stakeholders to establish the vision for the facility. Market research and interviews with potential end-users and other key partner organizations informed the analysis of market demand. It also informed the extent to which users will be able to help sustain the facility, and gauged the more immediate levels of commitment to the project. Final deliverables also included a case statement and graphic package to relay details of the concept to major donors and government agencies.