Coeur d'Alene 2020 plan sees success stories



Posted on May 13, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 10:11 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho--Organizers in Coeur d’Alene were in the midst of CdA 2030 in May. It was a project designed to create a vision of what the city would be like in the year 2030. Before that, there was CdA 2020, which was created in 2001.

Success was seen in the 2020 project in 2014.

The creation of the KROC Center in Coeur d’Alene was one of the many goals city organizers had in mind during the project. The center offers everything from a climbing wall to a theater and gyms.

"I would say the Kroc Center far exceeds our grandest and biggest dreams ever for a community center,” said CDA 2020 Steering Committee member Sue Thilo.

Thilo was one of the original CdA 2020 committee members and said the plan helped bring about the KROC Center.

“Here’s an example of where good strategic planning, well done, can lead to results,” said Thilo.

Another goal was to increase vitality in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Downtown Association general manager Terry Cooper said that was another success story.

"Overall, everything is full. And healthy and has been even through the downturn of the economy,” said Cooper.

Other fulfilled goals included creating more events on evenings and weekends. Cooper said the CdA 2020 plan also spurred efforts to get more people to live in and near the downtown area.

“Over the past 10 to 15 years, we've had multiple high-rise condos go in. We've had some neighborhoods near downtown, young families move into those areas,” said Cooper.

The CdA 2030 committee created a draft action plan and was asking for the public’s input before making it final.