About Us

Sun Valley Economic Development (SVED), originally formed in 2010 as SustainBlaine, is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit public-private partnership. Sun Valley Economic Development is the only organization focused on county-wide issues and works directly with the Idaho Department of Commerce and other Idaho state agencies.

Sun Valley Economic Development operates under the guidance of a full-time executive director and volunteer Board of Directors. SVED’s Board is a diverse and experienced set of leaders, with representatives from our region’s largest employers, public officials, and other influential community organizations.

Sun Valley Economic Development is funded on an annual basis by a mix of public and private sector monies. Anchored by a multi-year, renewable Idaho Department of Commerce grant, additional funds are contributed by Blaine County, its municipalities, and by more than 30 of the leading businesses in the private sector. These funds enable SVED to deliver relevant projects and services that provide concrete economic benefits on a cost-efficient basis. SVED continues to steadily reduce reliance on public sector funds and seeks longer-term economic sustainability through increased private sector funding and innovative fee-based mechanisms.

Our priorites are to deliver services and projects that...

  • Attract New Businesses and Jobs
  • Promote Business Growth and Success
  • Educate and Advocate on Critical Business Issues
  • Enhance the Economic Impact of Existing Assets
  • Attract Visitors and Events
  • Increase Overall Economic Activity


Our mission is to create a thriving, diversified, year-round economy for the Sun Valley Region.

THE 100/10 GOAL!

Our long-term goal is to add at least $100 million to our existing economy of ~$1 billion over the next 10 years. With a focus on increasing the local professional employment opportunities and diversifying our economic base, the 100/10 goal will move the needle towards a more sustainable Blaine County economy.


  • Establish a platform for collaboration & cooperation between the cities of Bellevue, Carey, Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley and Blaine County (“the Sun Valley Region”).
  • Provide a forum for communication & interaction between public and private stakeholders in the Sun Valley Region.
  • Preserve and advance the Sun Valley Region’s economic vitality & the values of its citizens.
  • Promote and improve the economic & cultural diversity of the Sun Valley Region.

Strategic Approach

  • Initiate, plan, and implement projects & programs consistent with the vision and mission.
  • Deliver action plan priorities in a timely and effective fashion.
  • Provide general guidance and technical expertise on relevant economic & business issues.
  • Coordinate and integrate strategies & policies across divergent interest groups.
  • Secure funding & support for priority economic development initiatives.

Harry Griffith

P.O. Box 3893 | Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Phone: 208-721-7847 | Email: Harry@SunValleyEconomy.org

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