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Lewis takes on Ida-Lew position

GHS graduate Gavin Lewis is the new Ida-Lew Economic Development Specialist, headquartered in Grangeville,.

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GHS graduate Gavin Lewis is the new Ida-Lew Economic Development Specialist, headquartered in Grangeville,.

— If not for an internship while in college, Gavin Lewis’ life may have taken a completely different direction.

As it is, Lewis is the new economic development director for Ida-Lew Economic Development Council.

A 2013 graduate of Grangeville High School, Lewis went on to attend Idaho State University in Pocatello, where he double majored in marketing and finance.

“I had originally planned to go into biology, but after really enjoying some early level business courses, I changed my mind,” he smiled.

While at ISU he interned for six months for Bannock Development Corporation.

“That really solidified what I wanted to do – work in marketing and community economic development,” he said.

When the job came open in Grangeville for Ida-Lew, Lewis applied, interviewed and was hired. He started Nov. 1.

“Grangeville was a great place to grow up,” he said. “I was happy to be able to experience college in another part of the state, but now I’m excited to be back here.”

Lewis will work with every incorporated city in Idaho and Lewis counties, including Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia, Riggins, Stites and White Bird in Idaho County, and Craigmont, Kamiah, Nezperce and Winchester in Lewis County.

“The focus is business development, helping established businesses expand, employee retention and new businesses, among other areas,” he said.

He also plans to offer some workshops in 2018 on marketing and social media.

“A lot of what I do is networking, helping business owners find what they need,” he said.

Lewis is on the road a lot, traveling to the various cities he represents, but said he is available in the office when appointments are made.

“I am interested in meeting with anyone who needs assistance or has ideas,” he said.

Lewis is the son of Joe and Michelle Tosten and the late Earl Lewis. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking and fishing. He is also a tea connoisseur, seeking the perfect blends, and enjoys photography.

To reach Lewis, stop by 158 East Main Street, Suite 4, in Grangeville; call 208-983-8302; or e-mail For details on Ida-Lew, log onto


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