I have been talking about Post Falls for quite a while, but decided today should be the day for actual facts about our town. Post Falls is 2,150 feet above sea level and is located 5 miles from the Washington State line on Interstate 90, only 64 miles from the Montana border, and 120 miles South of the Canadian border. The current population of Post Falls is a little over 27,000 residents with 138,000 residents in Kootenai County, and within a 35 mile radius of Post Falls there are over 650,000 people.
Our average temperature in January is 34 degrees daytime and 25 degrees nighttime and we average about 49 inches of snow a year. Our growing season is considered to be 150 days but we do have cool evenings so you need to take that into consideration when planning your garden.
This is truly a great place as there are very few natural disasters for us to worry about. We don't have earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or volcanoes. That may sound silly but there are active volcanoes in the United States, memorably Mt. St. Helen's near Seattle.
Post Falls is named for Frederick Post, a German immigrant, who constructed a lumber mill along the Spokane River in 1871 on land he purchased from Andrew Seltice, Chief of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. The purchase of the land is preserved in a pictograph on a granite cliff in Treaty Rock Park.
The following is from the official Post Falls, Idaho website:
Kootenai County traditionally has had a timber-based economy. That is changing gradually, as the manufacturing base has become more diverse. Jobs Plus, Inc., the local economic development organization has recruited several small to medium sized firms to the county. Manufacturing jobs are found primarily in electronics, lumber, and furniture at the present. Post Falls was the chosen location for Flexcel (now Kimball Office), Inc., a major furniture manufacturer that relocated to North Idaho nearly fifteen years ago and employs a workforce of 350. This was done with the help of Jobs Plus, Inc. and by creating an Urban Renewal District to help build infrastructure. This District closed out at the end of
December 2001. Jobs Plus, Inc. has also just recently helped bring Center Partners, a call center business (employing a workforce of 300), and Buck Knives brought their manufacturing headquarters (workforce of 250) to the City. Also, Wal-Mart opened its new store in January of 2005. Sysco foods opened their distribution plant during 2005. This project was made possible by Jobs Plus, Inc., Urban Renewal, and the City working together. Also, a community development block grant for $500,000 was used to help fund a water tower (approximately $1,500,000 total cost) that was needed on the west side of town for development in that area. In 2007, Cabela’s opened its doors to a beautiful 130,000 square foot retail store.
Considerable economic development activity transpired in Post Falls in 2009 including the opening of ALK Source Materials/Biopol which is a Danish pharmaceutical company. Ground Force Manufacturing, a large construction equipment manufacturer, completed an addition that increased their production space by 20,000 square feet in 2009 in order to meet the heavy demands for their mining construction products around the globe. In 2010, a second Super Wal-Mart store opened near the new Cabela’s store, and Lowe’s Home Improvement finalized the purchase of land adjacent to the new Wal-Mart at the Pointe at Post Falls.
A new 30,000 professional office building to house a high tech educational software company named Ednetics; the State of Idaho Department of Labor finalized construction and opened their new regional office here in Post Falls that provides services to the northern five counties of Idaho; C&S Glass began constructing a new 10,000 square foot glass service and distribution center, and the infrastructure was completed within the City Center on the first phase of the Post Falls Landing Commercial project that is designed to accommodate a hospitality element and several retail and professional buildings.
In early 2011, Love’s Travel Centers will be constructing a new fuel center along Interstate 90 that will have a convenience store and new Carl’s Jr. Restaurant (now complete). Blue Dog RV is planning on constructing a new recreational vehicle showroom and maintenance facility (also complete); several restaurants are also anticipated to locate within the Pointe at Post Falls regional power center to take advantage of the retail traffic of Cabela’s and Wal-Mart.
The City’s downtown area is expected to see a major mixed use project also to take off with the creation of the community’s seventh urban renewal district. This project will be named the Idaho Veneer Development in honor of the mill and wood products company that owns the land proposed for redevelopment; finally the community anticipates that construction on the Beck Road Interchange with Interstate 90 will begin this fall ultimately providing service to the Pointe at Post Falls and EXPO on the north side of the freeway and the Riverbend Commerce Park and Greyhound Event Center on the south side of Interstate 90. The commercial sector will continue to be active and bolster the local economy while the residential housing market will continue to normalize itself and perhaps see somewhat of a surge during 2012.