WELCOME TO SANDPOINT, IDAHO
Railroads and lumber were the major industries when Sandpoint was founded over one hundred years ago. Today Sandpoint has become one of the most diverse small towns in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized as one of the nation's best small arts towns, Sandpoint has a vibrant visual and performance arts scene. Our year round recreational opportunities provide something for everyone—skiing, boating, hiking, fishing or strolling around town where you can experience our historic business district and unique neighborhoods. Our businesses, both large and small, are varied and growing. They include food processing, non-polluting manufacturing, high tech industries, recreation, and a vigorous retail and service sector as well as outstanding restaurants and pubs.
But our greatest asset is our people whether they have lived here all of their lives or are just newly arrived. They realize they are fortunate to live in Sandpoint and are willing to contribute their time and effort to make their community the best it can be. With a spirit of commitment and a belief that working together is the key to a quality community our volunteers have saved an historic theater, developed North Idaho's only native plant arboretum, started the Pend Oreille Arts Council, and helped The Festival at Sandpoint to become one of the premier summer music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. These are only a few of the community assets developed by, maintained by, and enjoyed by the citizens of Sandpoint.
Come and experience our town, our commitment and our community spirit.
Mayor Marsha Ogilvie
born in Riverside, California, and attended
college at Pepperdine University. Her
early work experience included corporate
management in both retail and restaurant
operations. She relocated to Sandpoint in
1994 and has owned and operated two successful
businesses in the downtown area since her
arrival. Her community involvement began
when she was sworn in as a Court Appointed
Special Advocate, representing the rights of
children in the court system. Shortly
thereafter, she became involved with the
beginnings of Kinderhaven, a community supported
home for abused, abandoned and neglected
children. More than 1,000 children were
sheltered during her 13-year presidency, and it
remains one of her proudest achievements,
receiving Idaho's first annual “Brightest
Star” award in 2002. She currently
serves on Kinderhaven’s advisory board.
1999, Marsha founded “Women Honoring Women”,
which continues to annually celebrate the lives
and accomplishments of local women who have been
inspirational role models by way of community
service or contributions via the arts or
served on the Sandpoint City Council for two
years before being elected mayor. She and her
husband are now retired and celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary in 2010. She
enjoys yoga, gardening, and cooking.