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On free trade and free beer

Canada is Idaho’s largest trading partner, and we share a 45-mile border with our neighbor to the north. Yet most Idahoans, in an informal poll, can’t say where on a map they would find Canada’s capital city, or what the ...

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A region without immigrants (access required)

In the summer of 2010 I was part of a team of economic development professionals that headed down to the Gulf Coast to meet with state and local officials and business leaders in the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area of the ...

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When we value and preserve our old buildings, everyone benefits

As a historic preservation organization, it is not surprising that we are focused on the real estate aspect of the 2017 Boise District School Bond election on March 14th. The District owns a number of beautiful, historic schools exemplifying civic ...

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Boomers, is your business ready for sale?

Baby Boomers are the largest, wealthiest and most entrepreneurial generation, and the decisions they make have an impact on the economy. Every day from now until 2023, Boomers will turn 65 at the rate of about 10,000 per day.  About ...

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The dangers of open Wi-Fi (access required)

When you’re away from home or work, it’s become difficult to get through the day without having access to the Internet. Whether you’re checking your email, social media, paying bills or trying to stay connected to the office, access to ...

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The basics of a lawyer’s smartphone (access required)

At a recent discussion on smartphones at a bar association annual meeting, an attendee pulled out an old-style flip phone and smiled at us. This happens a lot, although not nearly with the frequency it did several years ago. Sometimes ...

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For some, it’s an uphill path to a job. You can help.

Michael Dinardo, who teaches carpentry and masonry to prisoners through the Idaho Department of Correction, crossed paths last summer with a former student who had been released from custody and was working for a drywall company in Boise. “He was ...

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Employment law will change under the Trump administration (access required)

Many of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises focused on job creation and a reduction in business regulation.  Indeed, he famously stated that he would be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” Part of President Trump’s promise to create ...

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Marijuana and the workplace

In November’s highly contested election, legalizing marijuana was one of the only issues that many Americans were able to agree on.  California, Nevada, Arizona, and Massachusetts all had ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana in certain amounts.  Only the measure in ...

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By building relationships, construction sets itself apart (access required)

At the end of January, the Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter installed a new president. Brian Gray, the Northwest region president of Knife River Corp., highlighted in his inaugural speech that our industry is one that builds. We build hospitals, ...

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