Building a great future for Bonner County.
The members and directors of Bonner County Economic Development Corporation envision a future where opportunity thrives, and our citizens consider Bonner County to be an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. We are working to ensure it is a place where rural character is preserved and community stability is enhanced through quality employment options, higher wages and excellent health care.
Bonner County Economic Development Corporation strives for economic opportunity at all income levels, with quality local career choices for graduating high school students, access to a quality employee base through workforce training, continuing education and lifelong learning programs for all citizens. We take a socially and environmentally responsible stance on long-term decisions and are proud to live in a community that openly welcomes effective communication and fair dealings.

Meet the Team
Paul R. Kusche – BBA, MBA, PMA

Paul Kusche joined the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation as the Executive Director in May 2015 after a 43 year career in Food Manufacturing and Marketing. Recently retired after 16 years with Litehouse Inc. as their Senior Vice President, Paul brings energy, drive and a world of business experience to the EDC.

Paul has served the industry as the General Manager, VP, President/CEO of companies such as Nalley’s Fine Foods, Lucca Packing, Adams Foods, and ran his own consulting company. Over his career he has managed the Marketing Research, Brand Marketing, R&D, Quality and Manufacturing functions of the industry. Paul has also traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia marketing essential oils to the confectionary and dental companies of the world.

Paul graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., with a BBA and MBA, completed his Project Management Certification, and has taught marketing and marketing research at the university level.

Paul’s knowledge of Project Management makes his experience particularly valuable to the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation as it reaches out to attract and retain new business and support major growth efforts.

Executive Director
Paul Kusche
Consulting – Retired Litehouse Executive

2015/2016 Board of Directors
Kelly Prior/Dan Hoffman
Litehouse, Inc.
Tom Chasse
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Ryan Robinson
Wells Fargo
Jim Kane
Avista Utilities
Joe Williams
Whitewater Creek
Eric Paull
Washington Trust Bank
Carlos Schwarz
Ponderay Development Corporation
Dr. Charles Buck
University of Idaho
Sheryl Rickard
Bonner General Health
Glen Bailey
Bonner County Board of Commissioners
Colin MacLemore
Mac’s Custom Tie Downs
Kristina Peck
Columbia Bank