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Releases: M2M, Willow Creek Lounge, City of Ketchum

Ketchum kick starts small construction projects with building permit fee waiver

KETCHUM – City Council members have voted to approve a waiver of building permit fees till the end of 2010 as an incentive for small construction projects to move forward.

The initiative, championed by Mayor Randy Hall, would waive building permit and plan check fees for projects under $50,000 in construction value, and provide a 50% reduction in fees for projects between $50,000 and $100,000 in value.

Mayor Randy Hall explained the initiative: “We need to do all we can to stimulate the economy. After speaking with contractors, I believe we can stimulate smaller construction projects by offering a waiver in permit fees. November and December are typically slow months for building construction. If we can incentivize homeowners and business owners to undertake small projects, it will create jobs. This is another example of our efforts at a local stimulus package. “

The Resolution, passed last night, is in effect immediatiely.

Willow Creek Lounge opens Friday in Eagle

Brian McGill owner of Willow Creek Grill Eagle, Boise and Raw Sushi announced the opening of the New WC Lounge.

WC Lounge is located at 1065 Winding Creek Road, Eagle, at the corner of Old Hill Road and State Street. The Eagle and surrounding market area have demonstrated a high demand for a full-service bar and restaurant that features live music, dancing and a place to party, General Manager Zach Chalkus said.

“Eagle is the only major market in the Treasure Valley that does not have a night club; we want to provide our clients an alternative to the Downtown Boise Scene by offering an upscale but comfortable atmosphere for clients to relax and have a great time,” he said.

M2M Named to Inc. 5000…Again

M2M Communications (M2M) has been included on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of fastest growing companies for the third year in a row within the publication’s September 2010 issue.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

M2M offers wireless energy and water management solutions for utility and agriculture customers in the US and overseas. With 42 employees in Idaho and California, M2M was founded in 2003 and has been growing steadily every year since. M2M is an acronym for Machine-to-Machine communications technologies.

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