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Idaho improves manufacturing grade, but trails neighbors in several key measures

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Idaho continues to improve the health of its manufacturing industries, but it still trails its neighbors in several key measures, according to a new report by Ball State University. Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research publishes an annual ...

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Infrastructure limits growth in wind power (access required)

A wind turbine, left, part of the Lost Creek Wind Farm, stands with an electrical transmission line June 1near King City, Mo. President Trump has announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, raising some doubt on the future of renewable sources of energy like wind and solar. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Wind energy’s biggest expansion hurdle is not a lack of supply or demand. Or even local wildlife. It’s a matter of getting the energy from the turbine to the consumer. American wind power development may have to be curtailed by ...

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Silicon Valley company Jelli plans for most of its staff to be in Idaho (access required)

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The owners of a radio advertising company in San Mateo, Calif. are planning to house most of their in the company’s new Boise office. The Idaho Department of Commerce is giving the technology company Jelli a tax reimbursement incentive, or TRI, ...

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Breakfast Series report: A rapidly evolving retail landscape 

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Introduction: Managing change online and on the ground Boise has made its way to the national radar when it comes to retail. Where once it used to be one of the last states considered for expansions, now it’s getting some ...

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Fracking essential to oil and gas production, but risks remain (access required)

A fracking operation underway in Pawnee County, Oklahoma. File photo.

One of the most important advancements for the modern oil and gas sector has become a household curse word. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is crucial to producing petroleum and natural gas and transformed the U.S. industry in the last decade. ...

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Recent bank closures don’t faze Idaho bankers (access required)

A bank office. The number of bank branches in Idaho has declined from 533 in 2012 to 501 this year to date, according to the state Department of Finance. File photo.

The United States is on track to see its most costly year of bank failures since 2012, but Idaho bankers aren’t worried. Two U.S. banks with at least $1 billion in assets have failed this year for the first time since ...

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Department of Finance seeks input on licensing

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The Idaho Department of Finance is seeking comment from everyone who provides financial services as part of its review of its licensing requirements. The Department of Finance regulates individual mortgage loan originators, security sales agents, and investment advisers. These professionals must ...

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