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Developer: Historic Nampa buildings won’t be demolished (access required)

White Hall. Photo courtesy of Preservation Idaho.

Developers of a proposed 615-acre site in northeastern Nampa intend to preserve two historic buildings on the site. The 1917 Idaho State Sanitarium administration building and a 1925-era horse barn are both on the National Register of Historic Places. Both ...

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Outdated industrial spaces find new life (access required)

Boise's Linen Building

As cities grow and change, what once was the industrial part of town often moves elsewhere, leaving the sometimes contaminated area as a hulking shell of its former self. But in many regions, including Idaho, those buildings are finding new ...

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Bradlee Walker, CEO, Boise Fry Co. in Boise

Nobody ever has to ask “Do you want fries with that?” at the Boise Fry Company. The fries are why they’re there. In the case of Bradlee Walker, 34, he’s climbed the ladder from fry associate to CEO as co-owner ...

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Jayson Ronk, state government affairs director, Micron Technology Inc. in Boise

    Looking at a list of thirty-seven-year-old Jayson Ronk’s accomplishments, it’s hard to believe he qualifies for this award – simply because it seems improbable that anyone could have accomplished all that he’s done before age 40. Now state ...

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Matt Rissell, CEO, TSheets.com LLC in Eagle

  As described by Forbes, TSheets is an unsexy product – timesheet software for small business – in the nontech hotbed of Eagle. And CEO Matt Rissell, 39, wants to build it into a $30 billion company. TSheets helps small ...

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Jessica Harrison, director of communications and government affairs, Idaho School Boards Association in Boise

  The past few years have been a really interesting time to be an education lobbyist with the Idaho Legislature. And, as the representative for the more than 100 traditional and charter school districts in the Idaho School Boards Association ...

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Amanda Ashley, assistant professor of community and regional planning in the school of public service at Boise State University

  Not many people get into urban planning from going on tour with rock bands, but then most people aren’t Amanda Ashley, 39. It was when she toured with bands such as String Cheese Incident and Steve Winwood working in ...

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For developers, industrial revenue bonds are a useful tool (access required)

Woodgrain Millwork’s Nampa plant, including the new building at bottom right. The Industrial Development Corp. of Canyon County issued $7.54 million and $3.7 million in industrial development revenue bonds last year to Woodgrain Millwork to expand its Nampa facilities.  Photo courtesy of Woodgrain Doors, a Woodgrain Millwork company.

They have limitations, but in the cases where they’re appropriate, industrial revenue bonds, or IRBs, can be a useful part of the economic development toolbox. IRBs – also known as industrial development bonds, industrial development revenue bonds, or economic development ...

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Darrel Anderson: Power Charger

Darrell Anderson-1

“Power” has many definitions – nearly 20, according to Merriam-Webster. Consequently, it’s not surprising that when you think “Idaho Power,” it can mean many things. But with great power comes great responsibility, and nobody is more aware of that than ...

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