Author Archives: Sharon Fisher

Airports gain new flights, infrastructure (access required)

For a state to have robust air service, it demands two things. First, it requires the infrastructure to provide places for the airplanes to take off and land. Second, it requires airlines to provide service both within the state — ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Rebecca Arnold, ACHD president, and Justin Lucas, ACHD planning, programming manager

Ada County has a unique distinction: it is said to have the only county-wide highway district in the U.S. Ada County Highway District is one of nearly 300 separate highway jurisdictions, including cities, counties and individual highway districts. The system has come ...

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Twin Falls gets Idaho’s first Opportunity Zone project (access required)

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Idaho finally has its first Opportunity Zone project, and it is in Twin Falls. “We are excited to see a project get off the ground in an Opportunity Zone and are hopeful this is only the beginning of investments made ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Greener Burke Shoemaker attorneys join Parsons Behle and Latimer

Five Greener Burke Shoemaker PA  attorneys are joining the Boise office of Parsons Behle & Latimer, a Salt Lake City-based law firm. Greener Burke founders Richard H. Greener, Christopher C. Burke, and Fredric V. Shoemaker, will join Parsons Behle as ...

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Karianne Fallow, CEO, United Dairymen of Idaho

Got milk? If so, you can thank Karianne Fallow, a two-time Women of the Year honoree. After serving as director of public affairs and business development for Red Sky Public Relations, in 2013 Fallow was recruited to become the CEO ...

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Debbie Donovan, administrator of student programs, Boise School District

When Debbie Donovan moved from teaching to administration, it made her sad. “At first, it was a hard transition,” says Donovan, who became a principal after almost two decades of teaching in the Independent School District of Boise City. “Being ...

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Finia Dinh, computer science program manager, Idaho STEM Action Center

Finia Dinh may not be an engineer, but she’s responsible for helping develop a pipeline. That pipeline is the one that educates students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), one that is producing the skilled workforce that Idaho needs ...

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Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, assistant director, Idaho Policy Institute; assistant research professor, School of Public Service; doctoral candidate, Public Policy and Administration

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Vanessa Crossgrove Fry came to Idaho because she decided she’d rather work with people than with birds. After earning her undergraduate degree in biology from Wittenberg University, Crossgrove Fry began working in Cornell University’s renowned ornithology lab. “I thought that ...

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