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Planners value downtown areas, and it shows (access required)

Idaho’s largest cities are showing new life. Downtowns across the country were largely abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s. Some slowly started making their way back in the 1980s, and others got a new look from planners in the 2000s ...

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Where creativity and economic development meet

The arts and business work closely together. Both test the envelope of human creativity, intellect, energy and promise. Both seek to motivate, to produce, to achieve excellence, to grow and to unite. For many businesses, sponsorship of the arts is ...

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Health care reform and the 60 day repayment rule

As most are aware, the federal government, primarily through its Medicare program that pays healthcare costs of America’s seniors, is the preeminent payer of healthcare in the United States. In addition, Medicaid, as administered by the Idaho Department of Health ...

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Take time with four ‘standard’ contract terms (access required)

No one doubts the adage “time is money,” particularly in bringing construction projects on-line on time and on budget. Spend any time within spitting distance of a project and you’ll instantly feel the vibe; the crush of time pressures affects ...

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Parking proposal offers a new option for developers

From reading recent stories and a column in the Idaho Business Review, there appears to be a misunderstanding regarding the parking requirements included in a proposed amendment to the Boise City Development Code. Without debating the merits of the proposal, ...

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Let’s increase teen unemployment

Raising Idaho’s minimum-wage rate, as Senate Bill 1334 calls for, would have an immediate effect: It would start killing off jobs for teens and those second and third wage-earners helping to support their families. That is if you choose to ...

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New salary survey mostly good news

After several years of bad news for the legal profession, this year, things may be looking up, in large part because of the economy. You may say it’s the economy stupid, but part of the problem also has been a ...

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Idaho’s independent doctors join forces

One of the nice things about TV hospital dramas is how simple the physicians’ lives are. A regular ER stint in the life of a TV doctor is fraught with emotional cliff-hangers, disease of stupefying complexity and legal conundrums. But ...

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The Hole no more

I just had a kind of out-of-body experience. Right there in the middle of downtown Boise. There I was, having lunch in the new Flatbread Pizza restaurant in the new Eighth and Main building. My lunch partner and I had ...

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Lawyers can make themselves more likeable (access required)

When selecting legal counsel, corporate counsel consider likability to be a key factor. But what qualities — aside from courtroom victories — make a lawyer more likable? * Be a good communicator How do potential clients prefer to be contacted? ...

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