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The Reinvention Of Small Town America -- Priest River, Idaho, is well on its way

June 26, 2014

GARDENHOUR FILMS Contact:  Tom Keeling (213) 226-0500 x100 The Reinvention Of Small Town America - Priest River is well on its way. (and by the way, so can the rest of small town America.) Los Angeles, CA (June 26, 2014) -- Producer Scott Gardenhour (Pain and Gain, Pearl Harbor, Coyote Ugly) will screen his short film about Priest River, Idaho to the people of Priest River Monday evening, June 30th at 7:00pm in the Beardmore Building on Main Street, Priest River, Idaho.               It's something Scott Gardenhour felt as a boy growing up in a small town, Smithsburg, Maryland: the energy, the decency, the integrity of small town America.  He would have stayed in Smithsburg if there had been an opportunity to make a living and raise a family. But there wasn't. So Scott followed his sister to Hollywood. Slept on couches. Paid his dues and is now part of one of Hollywood's most prolific production companies.              Now, as he sees it, it's time to give back. And that's exactly what he's doing in small-town Priest River, Idaho. "I wanted to do something for Priest River, making a short film was simply a natural thing for me to do because it's in my wheelhouse." According to Mr. Gardenhour: "Small towns are what's pure and good about America with a quality of life that is unmatched. We simply need to make them more vital participants in our national and international economies."             "Priest River has taken a beating in the last 20 years since its timber industry drastically declined and its saw mills shut down," says Mr. Gardenhour. "And there are hundreds of other small towns throughout America with similar problems. Hopefully this film will help open people's minds and instill a sense of pride in their town again."             Priest River now has high-speed fiber communications. It's one of the only towns in the Idaho panhandle that can deliver download speeds of 50 megabytes/second. There is a designated commercial zone built to meet the business needs of national manufacturing companies.             "I believe Priest River can re-invent itself from a timber-town that will always celebrate it's heritage, to a town that already has fiber communication making it viable for tech companies with young work forces to call home.  There are already companies like Lone Wolfe and Aerocept. Infrastructure projects have been designed to lay the groundwork for future development and the demand of the high-technology industry.             "Re-inventing small town America," says Mr Gardenhour, "is something I am committed to because I grew up in a small town. I know what it's like to leave your family and a town you love because there aren't enough opportunities."             In this day and age, with the promise of the Internet and high-speed digital communications, it's becoming more and more possible to re-write the future of small town America.             "It may be that Priest River is only chapter one in a much longer story." The Institute | 448 S Hill St., Ste 506 | Los Angeles, CA 90013 This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: STATE OF IDAHO via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1805096]


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