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Boise makes Best Cities for Professional Women list

Movoto Real Estate has ranked Boise No. 10 on its 10 Best Cities for Professional Women list.

Boise made the list for its high per-capita number of women’s professional groups, and Boise was the No. 1 city for this measure among the top 10 cities. Other criteria that contributed to the rankings included commute time, recent job growth, unemployment rank and adjusted earnings for women among the United States’ biggest 100 cities.

Boise also ranked highly for its positive recent job growth of 1.53 percent and its low average commute time of 20 minutes.

The other cities on Movoto’s top 10 list are Lubbock, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Lincoln, Neb.; Wichita, Kan.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Laredo, Texas.

Lubbock topped the list with an average commute time of 18 minutes, recent job growth of 3.19 percent and an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent. It was also in the top 30 for adjusted earnings for women.

IBR Staff

Reuseum seeks donations for STEM workshops

Reuseum Educational Inc. is looking for donations of materials it can use in educational workshops focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Reuseum Educational can use items such as manufacturing equipment and supplies, test equipment, medical equipment, laboratory supplies, office equipment, servers and networking equipment, and metal hardware and materials. Reuseum Educational can accept old, new, functional or nonfunctional items.

The supplies can be used for STEM workshops in robotics and in deconstruction labs. Reuseum Educational will provide tax receipts for all donations, and the organization will recycle materials it cannot use.

Donations can be dropped off seven days a week at the Reuseum surplus store in Garden City, and Reuseum Educational will pick up certain donations as well.

IBR Staff

PricewaterhouseCoopers: Firms project boosting hiring, acquisitions

Buoyed by a belief that the economy is rebounding, executives project more growth this year and increasingly hope to acquire firms as they expand, according to a new survey.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest Private Company Trendsetter Barometer paints a picture of growing optimism leading to hiring and at least slight hikes in wages.

CEOs on average project revenues to grow by 8.5 percent over the next 12 months, up from 7 percent a year ago, with more than one-third anticipating double-digit revenue growth.

Roughly 20 percent of CEOs are looking to acquire new businesses, or nearly double the 11 percent on the prowl a year ago.

Paul Salerno, managing partner of PwC’s Melville office, called the optimism “an encouraging sign that our economy continues to strengthen.”

Fifty-seven percent of private companies are looking for new employees and 45 percent are operating at full capacity.

Private companies hope to increase their average workforce by 1.9 percent and give a median hourly wage increase of 2.7 percent over the next 12 months.

Dolan Media Newswires

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