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Make smart choices in energy efficiency (access required)

Most investments carry the inherent risk of not providing an acceptable return or worse, providing no return at all. An investment in energy efficiency is no exception. Energy efficient products and services are subject to the unscrupulous marketing practice of ...

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America’s farms thrive on immigration (access required)

America was and is unique among the nations. In 1774, before we won our independence, we paid between 1 and 2 percent of our incomes in taxes. At the time, Britons in London were paying 20 percent. Low taxes made ...

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Let’s help young people set goals for the future (access required)

If projections hold true, over the next eight to ten years, Idaho will gain 109,000 jobs according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Sounds like great news. However, during the same period, our workforce – the folks between the ages ...

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Immigration policy matters to Idaho businesses (access required)

Immigration policy has emerged as a major fault line in the in the 2016 presidential race. Candidates seem to talk past each other about principles that should guide policy making on this critical issue. Some argue immigrants are a drain ...

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Sustainable Development: Meeting the needs of all Idahoans (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This column by Jaap Vos appeared in the print edition of Square Feet, which came out with the ...

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Lackluster growth seen in national commercial real estate market (access required)

Growth in the national commercial real estate market has been steady this year but far from anything that could be described as spectacular. Some sectors are growing faster than others, but overall growth has been slow, but steady. Data released ...

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How to choose software for your small law firm (access required)

I am often asked to speak to lawyers about mobile and cloud computing and when I do, members of the audience tend to have lots of questions. That was certainly the case last week when I spoke to a group ...

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It might be time for a tune-up of DMCA copyright law

I actually remember when the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) became law, back in October 1998. I was working in-house for Micron Electronics, and we had just completed the acquisition of a Los Angeles-based web hosting company. The web hosting ...

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Albertsons cancelled IPO: Will value proposition resonate with consumers? (access required)

Albertsons plans to raise almost $2 billion dollars this month in its initial public offering changed abruptly following Walmart’s disappointing earnings announcement on October 14th and tepid investor interest in the $23-25 share price proposed by Albertsons management. Walmart’s surprising ...

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Stormwater management falls on all of us (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This column by Jeff Ward appeared in the print edition of Square Feet, which was distributed with the ...

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