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Idaho leads in construction as share of GDP (access required)

Agriculture isn’t the only industry that occupies a large share of Idaho’s economy; construction projects over 20 years have kept the Gem State in the Top 10 nationally for the ratio of construction to other industries within the state’s gross ...

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Proposal would save state $11M on employee health insurance (access required)

Idaho legislators who are looking for ways to reform state employee benefits may have found a plan that would save Idaho $10.9 million in its first three years of operation. The Idaho Legislature assigned an interim committee to examine state ...

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Real Estate & Urban Renewal: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

Introduction: Urban renewal as a tool for economic development Local economic development officials have long relied on urban renewal to encourage development and improve underused urban areas. In Boise, urban renewal has helped promote major construction projects, including Eighth and ...

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The Housing Company to redevelop historic Idaho Falls hotel

The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency will enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement with Boise-based The Housing Company to redevelop, as affordable housing, the 80-year-old, five-story Bonneville Hotel building that has been beyond its prime since the 1960s. The IFRdA Board ...

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STEM jobs are fastest-growing category in Idaho (access required)

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs are overtaking the service jobs that have traditionally driven Idaho’s economy. The Idaho Department of Labor’s Industry and Occupation Job Projections report, released every two years, surprised economists when it came out in August. ...

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New program pairs small businesses with patent attorneys (access required)

A system to provide small Idaho businesses with free legal advice concerning intellectual property may be operational as early as January. The University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho State Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office are working ...

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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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SBA loan changes encourage small businesses (access required)

Recent changes to loans offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration could help small businesses reduce their operating costs in order to free up capital for expansion. The SBA changed its policy regarding 504 loans, government-guaranteed loans for property and ...

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Mandatory bird-friendly design on Portland’s horizon (access required)

Every year in Portland, according to estimates by the Audubon Society of Portland, hundreds of birds die after flying into the city’s many glass curtain-walled buildings. It’s difficult to measure the precise number of bird deaths in the city, said ...

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