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Growing Moscow tech firm expands business with new HQ

An artist’s rendering of Emsi’s future headquarters in Moscow. Image courtesy of Emsi

MOSCOW – A technology employer focused on data-driven software to drive economic prosperity for its customers is doing some serious economic development of its own in the coming year.

Labor analytics firm Emsi said July 26 that it will build a four-story, 70,000-square-foot building expected to accommodate up to 500 employees at a site on the north end of Moscow’s downtown.

According to an Emsi news release, the software company hopes to break ground on the 3.7-acre campus in October and estimates a move-in date in late 2020. Boise-based Hummel Architects will lead design on the project, the company said, but development costs and information related to a general contractor were not immediately disclosed.

Founded in 2001 as Economic Modeling Specialists International, the company said it currently employs more than 200 people, 160 of them in Moscow. When the business leased the downtown location in early 2014, it had 92 employees.

According to the release, the new headquarters will allow the company to continue growing its team of software developers, engineers, data scientists, economists, sales representatives and others.

Emsi will move out of its current building when the new building is complete.

“One of the first goals for Emsi was to employ 50 people earning over $50,000 because good jobs in our town drive prosperity for everyone,” said Andrew Crapuchettes, CEO of Emsi.

“Through striving to bless our customers, employees and shareholders, Emsi has enjoyed market success and is now privileged to be a part of Strada Education Network. With Strada’s backing and the crucial support of many people in Idaho, we are grateful and excited to build this signature building in Moscow,” he added.

“Idaho is so proud of the employees and leaders at Emsi for their continued growth and contributions to Idaho and the Moscow community,” said Idaho Gov. Brad Little in the release.

“Emsi’s growth means they can employ more and more people with excellent jobs. The company also helps other Idaho businesses by offering labor market information that employers need. Emsi is a true Idaho success story and I appreciate them for the role they play in promoting economic development in Idaho.”

By staying in Moscow, Emsi will continue to have access to a strong talent pipeline. Between University of Idaho, Washington State University and New Saint Andrews College, more than 550 students graduate each year with the skills required for Emsi’s key occupations.

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