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Author Archives: Sean Olson

U of I wants to stay in business with Simplot at Parma extension (access required)

The University of Idaho is attempting to extend an agreement with J.R. Simplot Co. that has helped keep the Parma Research and Extension Center open after its state funding was slashed. In late 2009 the university reached a five-year agreement ...

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New workforce training grants offered to Idaho schools (access required)

The Idaho Department of Labor is trying out new workforce training grants that would offer subsidies to create training programs for entire industries, not just offer rewards for single companies.

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Medicaid expansion savings add up for Idaho, business group says (access required)

The business lobby group Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry predicts Idaho would pay between $108 million and $114 million less in Medicaid costs in 2015 if the state expands the program. For proponents of expanding Medicaid, which would add ...

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A word with Pat Rice: ‘We generate $50 million to economic development to this valley annually’ (access required)

Pat Rice, Greater Boise Auditorium District executive director, has been managing the district and the area’s convention center, Boise Centre, for nearly 10 years, and he spent 20 years in the hotel business before taking over. Rice acknowledges that the ...

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Employers win more time to comply with ACA rules

Some Idaho businesses see a delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a reprieve. Others view the delay, to the “pay or play” provision of the ACA, as a headache. The health care reform provision requiring larger employers ...

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Idaho State’s cadaver lab may attract doctors and cash (access required)

The planned Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Lab in Meridian will be constructed for students, but business groups are anticipating the financial possibilities the high-tech venture affords. The 8,000-square-foot addition to Idaho State University’s Health Science Center is one of ...

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