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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.

Another endangered species: Historic Idaho courthouses

When people talk about “America’s crumbling infrastructure,” they usually mean roads and bridges. But another piece of America’s infrastructure is crumbling: county courthouses. With some county courthouses dating to the years before Idaho became a state, repairs are due. Apart ...

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Foreign direct investments are down in the U.S., small in Idaho (access required)

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Foreign direct investments to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses hit $259.6 billion in 2017, down 32 percent from $379.7 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In Idaho, total first-year expenditures were $35 million in ...

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Japanese investors visit Idaho

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A group of Japanese businessmen recently toured southern and eastern Idaho looking for business opportunities. Seven representatives from Japanese companies traveled to Idaho July 10-13 to learn more about the state and potential opportunities to partner with Idaho businesses, according ...

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Idaho Central Credit Union acquires 50-acre Meridian Elks Rehab property (access required)

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Idaho Central Credit Union has acquired more than 50 acres of prime development land in Meridian for a regional mortgage and call center. The acquisition could presage a new burst of development in the area. The parcel is located along ...

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Idaho Credit Union League formalizes NWCUA merger

The merger between the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) is now final after a positive vote from a majority of its 184 members. The organization, which now represents credit unions from Oregon and Washington ...

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Are you ready for video banking? (access required)

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It’s still a nascent technology, but Idaho financial institutions are looking into video banking. Video banking falls into three categories: interactive teller machines (ITMs) that include video in the ATM, video in the branch office, and online video via smartphone ...

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HotShot app limits access by hourly workers

An Idaho Falls developer has created a messaging application that protects employers from labor claims by ensuring that hourly employees can only read messages about work during working hours. Hourly employees working off the clock can be expensive, said Aaron ...

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Northwest — including Idaho — is a hotbed of nuclear research (access required)

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The next generation of nuclear power is making its way toward Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as two small modular reactors (SMRs) work their way through the regulatory process. SMRs are smaller than traditional nuclear reactors, but are less expensive to ...

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