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A word with Tiam Rastegar, executive director of Trailhead  (access required)

A graduate of Boise State University where he studied international business and political science, Tiam Rastegar worked in customer-facing leadership roles at PKG and Vacasa before becoming the executive director of Trailhead in 2018.   Trailhead, launched in 2015, is a nonprofit intended ...

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A word with Ron Pisaneschi of Idaho Public Television (access required)

You may not know Ron Pisaneschi, but chances are, you’d recognize his voice. On May 21, Idaho Public Television announced that its general manager, Ron Pisaneschi, was retiring after more than 35 years at the station, the last eight of ...

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A word on hiring and retaining talent with Verified First (access required)

It’s not news to anyone that hiring is becoming increasingly difficult in Idaho. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, companies are looking for ways to attract and retain employees in Idaho, including importing them from other ...

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A word with Gov. Brad Little on transportation funding (access required)

Improving Idaho’s transportation system has long been one of Gov. Brad Little’s goals, but he has held off on proposing specific programs until this year, after a study by Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute was completed last year. That ...

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A word with Norman Semanko of Parsons Behle & Latimer (access required)

Earlier this year, Norman M. Semanko was appointed as an advisory council member for the nonprofit law organization, Mountain States Legal Foundation. Semanko is Parsons Behle & Latimer’s water law practice group expert in the Pacific Northwest region. He has more than ...

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A word with Gina Bessire of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center (access required)

Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center in Boise, which provides classes, one-on-one business counseling and guest speakers to existing and prospective small business owners, was started in 2013 by Karen Appelgren and Sheila Spangler, who had helped start a previous incarnation ...

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A word with Sarah Benken of the KNOW Women (access required)

Being a working woman in Idaho isn’t easy. The state ranks among the lowest in the country for the ratio of women’s earnings to men’s, at 74.2%. What’s worse is that the ratio is getting worse, not better; after reaching ...

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A word with Ada County Commissioner Rod Beck (access required)

Rod Beck was elected in November 2020 to the Ada County Commissioners, after stints as an Idaho legislator, serving as Senate majority leader, and as a Republican party official. With the election of Ryan Davidson as well, that led to ...

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