BLACKFOOT — Dan Cravens announced he is running to become the next mayor of Blackfoot at noon Thursday in front of City Hall.
Asked how he would accomplish these goals, Cravens said, “The mayor is the lead ambassador for Blackfoot. That doesn’t cost the city a cent.
“There are also federal and state programs to help local employers,” said Cravens.
Not long ago, my wife, Jill, and I bought our first home, Cravens said. “We hired a carpeting company to re-carpet a few of our rooms.”
“Shortly after the carpet installers arrived at our house, I got a couple of calls,” he said. “The calls were from our new neighbors, concerned that people were in our house while we were away at work.”
“These calls told us something important about Blackfoot, Cravens said. “People in Blackfoot care about their neighbors, the care about this community and they care about each other.”
Jobs are critical, Cravens said.
These are some of the critical problems he outlined:
· Attract good quality jobs in which people can support a family and earn a living wage.
· Keep our youth. “Too many youth leave Blackfoot because they do not feel there is opportunity for them here to have a good career and to enjoy the America Dream,” Cravens said.
· With the loss of talent in our workforce, it becomes hard for Blackfoot to compete for new businesses which will provide high paying jobs.
· The loss of our youth separates generations.
Companies coming here have discovered a fantastic work force and a fantastic caliber of people, he said.
Cravens is the current regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor. While with the Labor Department, Cravens has been involved in attracting several key employers to this area. These employers include Allstate, ATCO and Herbergers.
He has worked to help put on seminars that encourage individuals to start their own businesses.
Cravens is the vice-chair of the Bingham Economic Development Corporation and is actively working with that organization to attract quality jobs to Bingham County.
He writes a weekly business column for the Morning News and the Idaho State Journal.
Cravens is the current Republican Party Chairman for Bingham County and a member of the Idaho Republican State Central Committee.
Cravens was raised in Quincy, Ill., where he earned his undergraduate degree. He also has earned a law degree from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in government from Regent University and is currently finishing a doctorate in business administration at Argosy University’s Salt Lake City campus.
Cravens is married to the former Jill Yarrington of Idaho Falls. They married in 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree in French from BYU and master’s degree in education from Arizona State University.