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A note from the editor Nov. 5

Money talks. That’s what’s on the cover of this week’s edition, and it alludes to more than just our financially based focus section this week. 

The need for affordable housing spurred a first-of-its-kind (funding wise) residential project in Boise, which Catie Clark wrote about, and the theme of housing — and its costs — reappears in coverage of a recent real estate market (also by Catie), our commentary section and even our focus section in an article I wrote.  

The housing situation — consisting of rising home and rental values — is a large factor driving inflation, but it’s not the only factor, as finance experts share. If you’ve been seeking more information about inflation, supply chains and what may come, this week’s feature focus section article is certainly a starting point. While the labor market certainly plays a role in the aforementioned challenges, news of what’s happening there may not be in this week’s edition, but we are keeping our eye on it.  

The good news is that there’s optimism, and there’s more to our first November 2021 edition. Catie also wrote about the recently opened veterans cemetery in Blackfoot, one of Lewiston’s largest hospitals undergoing some ownership changes and — speaking of hospitals — penalties recently given to Idaho hospitals for returning patients who qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Catie’s expertise in health care and its convoluted regulation systems shines in this piece, which appears on the inside cover. 

Also in good news, our Leaders in Law and Excellence in Finance publications will be coming your way soon, as will a special ceremony Nov. 16 celebrating all honorees. These honorees, touted as experts in their fields who also give back to their communities, each have a unique story of how they chose their profession and how they got to be where they are today. They also share insights into what’s happening in the finance and legal fields today. 

Next week promises a look into what’s happening in the nonprofit sector, some news shared at the annual mining conference (you can bet Catie was there) and a breadth of Idaho business news we hope guides your pursuit of your own successes in your respective industries. We always welcome input on who and which topics could help with that. The phrase “we are all in this together” continues to ring true.  

 — Alx Stevens is the managing editor for the Idaho Business Review. Contact her at [email protected] 

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