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Amalgamated Sugar CEO sweet-talks Boise Chamber (access required)

Amalgamated Sugar Plant in Nampa

John McCreedy, CEO of Amalgamated Sugar, spoke to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 25 about the business he leads. What quickly became obvious as he spoke was that Amalgamated Sugar is not your typical run-of-the-sugar-mill company. McCreedy started ...

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Can Lake Coeur d’Alene be saved? (access required)

First in a series. “Our river is gone, for the time at least, but we would really like to save our lake. Will you help?” wrote the Coeur d’Alene River and Lake Commission in 1931. The river referred to was ...

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Pacific Northwest businesses rebounding from COVID-19 (access required)

Idaho businesses are more optimistic about their revenue next year, but have a more negative view of how their state handled the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with neighboring states, according to the results of a recent study from Washington State University ...

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Longtime Idahoan opens meat, potato delivery business (access required)

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Twin Falls native Travis Dixon has been connected to Idaho’s meat and potato industries for decades, and now, through his recently launched delivery business, Dixon is working to share local beef, pork, chicken and potatoes with all Idahoans, and the ...

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Analysis: COVID’s effect on Idaho retail foot traffic patterns (access required)

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Foot traffic mapping is one of the new information products that has gained widespread attention during the pandemic. In many cases, this data demonstrates the large impact that COVID-19 has had on retail. One example of how these new data ...

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Twin Falls considers Denver flights; Allegiant adds nonstop Boise-Nashville (access required)

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This story was updated on Feb. 12 to add information about Twin Falls. The Twin Falls City Council will vote Feb. 16 on a transportation services agreement with SkyWest Airlines to establish nonstop daily air service between Magic Valley Regional Airport ...

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Analysis: Idaho job recovery still treading water (access required)

Initial unemployment claims for the five industry sectors with the highest 2020 unemployment in Idaho.

Idaho ended 2020 with an unemployment rate of 4.4%. This was an improvement of a half-percentage point compared with November’s 4.9%.  The peak pandemic-related unemployment rate for Idaho was 11.9% in April, 2020, according to the Federal Reserve. So while ...

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Vacasa hires new CFO, alludes to possible IPO

Despite nationwide reduced business or pleasure travel due to COVID-19, vacation rental company Vacasa has “had steady record reservation volume,” and announced it hired a new chief financial officer who may help take the company public. Vacasa has hired Jamie ...

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Economist: Kootenai region lags rest of Idaho in some areas (access required)

John Mitchell at his 2021 economic forecast for the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce

The Panhandle didn’t share the employment rebound seen elsewhere in the state, according to an economist who spoke on Jan. 19 to the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. “Employment in Kootenai County is down; in Coeur d’Alene, it’s down by ...

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