Locals meet with Cobblestone Hotels rep

A hotel in American Falls is one of the first things she looked for as an economic development director for Great Rift Economic Development ten years ago, said Kristen Jensen. Not until recently has any hotel ever been interested in relocating to the area, she said.

However, Cobblestone Hotels is a hotel franchise that builds specifically in smaller, rural towns. Tim Shefchik, a vice president of development with BriMark Builders, a contractor associated with the hotel, was in town on Thursday, Jan 11, to gauge interest on a hotel in American Falls.

The company just completed a hotel in Soda Springs, and is building one in Victor, ID.

He said their business model works because it requires a lot of community support, both in cash investment in the …

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