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Idaho’s infrastructure: Invest now  

In the upcoming session, it’s imperative we address the vast infrastructure needs facing our state, which continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Idaho’s nearly $2 billion budget surplus and $1 billion from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (and ...

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Unemployment Insurance Modernization Plan cuts states out of the process 

There’s no doubt that state unemployment insurance (UI) technology needs help. While that’s been true for years, it became evident to anyone paying attention a year ago when people suddenly unemployed by COVID-19 found themselves taking days and weeks and months to ...

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Student success requires teachers and parents 

Educators deserve to be heard and trusted, paid competitively and prepared with the tools to support students in any classroom. Idaho educators need clear expectations, simplified roles and they deserve policies that help them work with all students. Educators want ...

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Leadership’s secret ingredient 

I worked for the Hewlett Packard Company (HP) in Boise for over 30 years. I retired when I was elected to the Idaho Legislature in 2018. A group of former HP employees were recently asked to recount their favorite Bill and Dave story ...

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Long live the consumer 

Recent economic data has shown a rapid inflation pick-up. We are seeing this firsthand in grocery stores and at the pump. While the most recent Consumer Price Index increase was the highest in 30 years, we believe this spike will normalize as we move into 2022. While prices ...

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A note from the editor Jan. 7

Hello 2022 — with your promise of new challenges, but also new opportunities.  In this first edition of the new year, Idaho Business Review (IBR) touched base with several industry stakeholders to ask about what they are preparing for and hope to succeed in. Construction: ...

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An incremental approach to measuring performance 

Measuring performance is integral to any organization, be it a private company or a public education system.  Improvement occurs when realistic goals are set, effective strategies put in place and people and institutions are held accountable. The State Board of ...

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A note from the editor Dec. 31

The question “What just happened” hit me so acutely when thinking about 2021 coming to a close. Despite a continuing global pandemic (sorry, can’t help but mention it), a tumultuous political climate and figurative and literal growing pains, Idaho has a lot of ...

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5 affordable ways to invest in your employees for the new year 

Research continues to show that investing in the growth of employees significantly benefits organizations. It helps businesses retain their workers and stand out from their competitors. 94% of employees say they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and development. Additionally, ...

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