IDA helps fund major projects

    • By Aaliyah Montoya | DOUGLAS DISPATCH


 The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Douglas recently made two large donations in part of ongoing community development projects.

On Jan. 11, 2017, the IDA partnered with Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) to provide $60,000 toward the purchase of a backup generator for the Douglas Emergency Department.

Jim Dickson, CEO, CQCH, said this donation was extremely helpful, as the generator cost $110,000 in total.

“The [IDA] is an integral part of Douglas, we are grateful of their donation and this will enable our emergency department to treat patients during power failures,” Dickson said “Copper Queen Community Hospital and the [IDA] are dedicated to the health of the Douglas community. Copper Queen welcomes any donation to help achieve the goal of restoring emergency care to the Douglas community.”

Dickson highlighted the importance of the partnership to the success of the Douglas ED as it will enable the emergency department staff to stabilize power. This will allow the Douglas ED to continue operation in light of disasters and power outages.

“I think this is one of the most important things we’ve made in a long time,” said Bill Thomas, IDA member. “[CQCH’s] investment in this community is huge. We want to show them our support.”

The IDA is comprised of local board members who work to better the community, and attract jobs and businesses to Douglas.

For the second year, the board recently donated $10,000 to the Douglas Realtors Association (DRA) for their downtown revitalization project.

The DRA is working on a historic building on G Avenue, which currently functions as a karate studio. Exterior improvements to the building will cost $5,500 and include general facade updates including paint scheme, awnings, and window treatments. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of January. The remaining money will be used to restore other locations along G Avenue.

The IDA is a nonprofit entity that is funded by property investments.

“We’re here to help keep Douglas functioning,” Patrick Scherden, IDA President said. “We’re here to help the small business person, [while also] bringing new industry to town.”

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