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With ESOPs, ‘When things get tougher, people work harder’


Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs, are a way for employers to ensure that their workers have a personal stake in the success of the business. Nationally, 9,000 to 10,000 companies use ESOPs, covering 13.5 million employees, or 10 percent ...

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Parker Technical Education gives students the feel of the industry (access required)


The Parker Technical Education Center building on the North Idaho College Career and Technical Education site has been a long time coming, but it is expected to fill the needs of both students and industry for years to come. “I’ve ...

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A building boom at Brigham Young campus in Rexburg

BYU-Idaho University Store is found in the Manwaring Center.  BYU-Idaho photo by Michael Lewis

With its student body size more than doubling since fall 2007, Brigham Young University – Idaho, in Rexburg, has been working to expand its campus footprint to match, with a series of six major projects constructed since 2010. Student enrollment ...

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ICOM seeks to build ‘medical school of the future’

Construction on the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian in mid-September.  Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Construction of what is intended to be Idaho’s first medical school is on budget and three weeks ahead of schedule, now with a planned completion data of sometime in May 2018. “It could not be going better,” said Robert Hasty, ...

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Student loans dictate career moves (access required)

Students in a class at the College of Western Idaho, the Treasure Valley’s  7-year-old community college. Most business owners and managers say that finding skilled workers is their most pressing need. File photo.

Under the weight of student loan debt, people are making career decisions that limit their mobility in the Idaho workforce. Idaho ranked 11th overall, and 3rd in the proportion of students with debt, in the WalletHub 2017 student on student ...

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Administration’s words on immigration leave uncertainty for Idaho employers

Farm workers in an Idaho field.

Potential new immigration policies from the administration of President Donald Trump are leading to uncertainty in the immigrant labor force, particularly in Idaho’s lucrative agricultural sector. “There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty both in the workforce and among business ...

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Idaho’s occupational licensing to undergo a lengthy exam (access required)

Dr. Diana Crumrine at Foothills Family Medicine, 24 August 2017, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Want to be a log scaler, or someone who grades or estimates the value of logs? It’s tougher to be one in Idaho than almost anywhere else in the United States: Idaho is one of only two states that licenses ...

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Future Public School aims for 2018 opening

Future Public School

Constructing and financing a building are among the most challenging parts of starting up a new charter school in Idaho, but the Future Public School in Garden City hopes to close on its financing agreement by November 1 so it ...

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Extended stay hotels say business is good, despite competition (access required)

Idaho Falls Marriott

Travelers needing to stay more than a few days in a particular location increasingly have an additional option that is more economical and offers more flexibility than the traditional hotel: The extended stay hotel. Extended stay hotels are for people ...

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