JEROME, Idaho (KLIX)- Jerome forms new group for economic growth and development. The City of Jerome and Jerome County have come together with local businesses to form “Jerome 20/20”. The new group aims to bring together local private and public groups build onto the community’s economic development efforts.  Jerome 20/20 Inc. has hired Jerome’s former economic development director Bob Richards as its executive director. Jerome 20/20, Inc. will serve as a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation.

“Jerome 20/20 was created to help spearhead cooperative local development efforts in Jerome with the direct involvement of local business representatives,” explained John Shine, Jerome City mayor.  “We anticipate that Jerome 20/20 will help coordinate the mutual efforts of each community and provide a competitive edge in future economic development efforts.”

“The formation of this group provides an ideal opportunity to put an added focus on Jerome’s economic development, the primary effort of any community’s business growth and expansion,” said Charles Howell, Jerome County Board of Commissioners chairman.  “We are excited to now have one entity to link both the city and county in a vital partnership that will streamline Jerome’s business recruitment and retention efforts.”