Category Archives: Director’s Corner

Opportunity Zones Update

With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the words “Opportunity Zones” have become very popular and promising in the world of economic development. At Idaho Commerce, we have received a number of questions from investors and communities alike wanting to learn more about the program, better understand how to get […]

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Director’s Blog: Walking alongside our leaders

In Idaho, we have world-class rivers, and mountains, and desert terrains that rival anywhere on Earth for outdoor recreation and stunning majestic beauty. We also have a thriving economy with a steadfast workforce and innovations coming out of every industry sector ranging from food production to technology and aerospace. We are truly fortunate to live […]

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Director’s Blog: From the Red Carpet to Rock Music

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my experiences at both the Sun Valley Film Festival and Treefort Music Festival.  How fortunate we are to live in a beautiful state where culture and outdoor living collide in such diverse, creative, and fun ways. The tourism industry – Idaho’s 3rd […]

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Director’s Blog – Idaho’s Job Growth Success

The Idaho Department of Labor announced last week that Idaho topped the nation in over-the-year job growth. This is incredible news that serves as a testament to the success of our growing economy and the great work that Idaho companies are doing to offer new opportunities to the working citizens of our amazing state. It […]

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2017 Idaho Commerce Proposed Legislation

Proposed Bill:  TRI 2.0 As I’ve traveled the state over the last year as Director, I’ve met with many of you economic development professionals in rural areas who are proponents of the TRI but said that projects creating 20 jobs is unachievable. This consistent feedback led us to our TRI “Micro” bill that would create […]

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Director’s Blog: SHOT Show 2017

What an incredible turnout at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week! I was so impressed that we had representation from 49 different Idaho rec-tech companies. While we at Idaho Commerce can boast about what a great state we live in and how great it is to do business here, testimonials from actual […]

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Director’s Blog: EORAC 2017

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Idaho Legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee on the progress of Idaho’s economy and our perspective on the future of the state’s economy. Over the last several years, rebounding from the “Great Recession” and growing steadily, Idaho has much to be proud of. And […]

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Director’s Blog: West Central Mountains Economic Summit

It was my honor to join Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and many other statewide and local leaders, like Albertsons CEO Bob Miller, this week at the West Central Mountains Economic Summit. The Valley County Economic Development Council, in conjunction with area chambers, America’s Best Communities team, and the West Central Mountains […]

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