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Idaho receives top AAA credit rating (access required)

The State of Idaho received a default credit rating of AAA from Fitch Ratings Inc. on Nov. 4. This is the highest rating that Fitch Ratings issues. Idaho is now in rarefied company, since at any one time, only around ...

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Tech announcements

New tech thru City Go to ‘make transit easier’  Paying for transportation around Boise and the Treasure Valley is easier than ever before thanks to the City Go Wallet, which launched today from Valley Regional Transit (VRT) partnered with Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) to launch City Go Wallet, ...

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Financial experts comment on rising challenges (access required)

“What’s going on with inflation” is just one question Robert Spendlove addressed in a recent economic forecast presentation Oct. 28, aptly titled “Navigating the return of uncertainty.” As of September, consumer inflation is up to 5.4% year over year (YOY); ...

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New Census resource provides Idaho-specific retail data (access required)

Monthly year-over-year total retail sales for selected states from the U.S. Census Bureau's Monthly State Retail Sales new experimental data product.

One of the richest data sources that the Idaho Business Review (IBR) uses for economic analysis is the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau published a recorded webinar session in the last week of September for its new experimental monthly ...

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Walgreens announces branded credit card that rewards health benefits  (access required)

Continuing with its expansion into financial services, Walgreens announced on Aug. 16 a credit card that gives users benefits, which can be used in Walgreens stores, based on customers’ health and wellness purchases. There are two versions. The myWalgreens Credit Card is an in-store card; the myWalgreens Mastercard is a ...

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Britiany Anderson promoted at Idaho Treasurer’s Office

Britiany M. Anderson has been promoted to business reporting specialist in the Idaho Treasurer’s Office. She will work with Idaho businesses assisting them in reporting their unclaimed property to the state. Britiany has been with the treasurer’s office for over four years ...

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Middle market enters expansion mode after one year of pandemic impacts 

In its second quarter 2021 survey, KeyBank asked 400 owners and executives of middle market businesses — defined as those in the $10 million to $2 billion range — how macroeconomic conditions and government policies have impacted their businesses. The survey found that the middle market is back ...

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Idaho businesses can eliminate debt faster using these strategies

Businesses can accumulate plenty of debt, especially when first starting. When the pandemic swept the United States, more businesses went into debt, or the amount of debt they had initially increased. With over 160,000 estimated small businesses in the state of ...

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A roundup of developments

Pocatello intermodal terminal opens The intermodal rail terminal at the Union Pacific railyard in Pocatello held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its completion on Sept. 1. Gov. Brad Little was one of the speakers at the event. The terminal is owned ...

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Deneen May promoted at Zions Bank

Zions Bank has promoted Deneen May to president of the Western Idaho Region, responsible for the strategic direction, market share growth and profitability of the bank’s 10 Treasure Valley branches. May previously served for 12 years as manager of the bank’s Meridian Silverstone ...

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