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Sharon Fisher is an Idaho Business Review staff writer, covering financial institutions, technology, and business development. She holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a masters in public administration and graduate certificates in geographic informational analysis and in community and regional planning from Boise State University. She likes explaining things and going to meetings. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_SLFisher.

Idaho school districts are making buildings safer (access required)

With school shootings nationwide and several threats in Idaho, Idaho schools are taking steps to make their buildings safer for students. A number of districts that are building new schools indicated that they are incorporating security features, particularly secure vestibules ...

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CMBS delinquency improvements reflected in Idaho, too (access required)

The delinquency rate for real estate loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in Idaho is mirroring that of the U.S. as a whole, dropping since last year, according to a local banking official. Though Zions Bank doesn’t make CMBS loans, ...

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Rural Idaho banks struggle to stay open (access required)

Not all rural Idaho cities have their own banks or credit unions, but tiny Pierce, population 600, was lucky. Earlier this year, the former White Pine Credit Union merged with Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU), based in Pocatello. “That community ...

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Panel: Affordable housing is critical to economic development

Much-needed workers are turning down jobs in Burley because they can’t find affordable housing nearby, says Jan Rogers, chief executive officer for Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho. Rogers spoke at the Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Conference on Housing and ...

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‘Ban the Box’ dead for the session (access required)

Legislation that would have made it easier for Idahoans with criminal records to be considered for a job is dead for the session. Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, who sponsored S1307, said she was pulling the legislation to rework for consideration ...

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New tax law offers business benefits (access required)

For businesses, the new tax code giveth and the new tax code taketh away, according to Richard Sisson, a partner with Chigbrow, Ryan & Sisson, a Boise-based certified public accounting firm. Several common business deductions are no longer available, Sisson ...

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