One of the greatest obstacles to further developing Idaho’s high-tech industry is its work force, say entrepreneurs who gathered May 26 in Boise for a workshop on business innovation.
About 150 business owners, entrepreneurs and other leaders in Idaho met May 26 at the Idavation summit to talk about ways of increasing the area’s creative economy. They heard a presentation from Mitch Ditkoff, the co-founder and president of a New York company called Idea Champions that helps regions generate innovation.
Bob Lokken, founder and CEO of Boise’s WhiteCloud Analytics, said the single-greatest obstacle to the growth of his business is a shortage of workers who have the skills he needs in business and mathematics.
Lokken said he would like to do more to help find students who are skilled in those topics and provide internships for them so they’re more likely to takes job in Boise when they graduate instead of moving to Seattle or other cities.