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A word with Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist (access required)

Because both national and Idaho-specific datasets report widely varying COVID-19 test positivity results, the Idaho Business review asked the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about the details of how it manages its COVID-19 data. We interviewed Kathryn Turner, Ph.D. ...

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A word with Dan McElhinney, COO of Idaho Transportation Department (access required)

Less than a week before Dan McElhinney’s appointment as the Idaho Transportation Department’s chief operating officer, the state’s main north-south highway was closed due to rockslides — some the size of the house. Some people might have taken that as an ...

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A word with Madison Warner of Leadership Boise

Every Idaho town and city has the “STP” problem: The same ten people seem to be the only ones who step up to volunteer for community programs. How does a city groom new people to take their place? The answer ...

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A word with Alicia C. Ralston on Idaho residential real estate

In 2004, Alicia C. Ralston decided to leave behind a management career in the environmental and construction industry and pursue her passion for real estate. Since then, she has built Ralston Group Properties into a sustainable, high-integrity Idaho real estate brokerage. Her exclusively ...

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A word with Erika Heeren of The Small Business Marketing Studio on military family finances (access required)

Military spouse Erika Heeren founded The Small Business Marketing Studio to provide military spouses, first responder spouses, and veterans with progressive careers and training in marketing and communications. The start-up pairs military-affiliated marketing professionals with businesses and nonprofit organizations in ...

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A word with Char McArthur on innovation at Idaho Transportation Department (access required)

Over the last several years, the Idaho Transportation Department has been on a trajectory of behaving more like a business and less like a government bureaucracy. Part of its business strategy is the Innovation ITD initiative, which started in 2014. ...

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A word with Andy Beitia of Washington Trust Bank on PPP concerns (access required)

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The CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program has been a critical lifeline for many businesses, saving numerous jobs — but how many, exactly? That’s the question Washington Trust Bank is asking after flagging a concern with the Small Business Administration’s ETRAN system, which collects information ...

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A word with Christopher Pooser, partner at Stoel Rives, on the Main Street Relief Project (access required)

COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for companies of every size, but small businesses are often more vulnerable to economic upheavals. Lacking the resources to weather the storm, many are battling to continue operations. To help these businesses survive, reopen and reestablish themselves, Stoel ...

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A word with Consul General of Canada, Brandon Lee (access required)

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No other country, aside from the United States itself, is as important to Idaho business as Canada. Our nearest foreign neighbor is not only the largest source of Idaho exports but also participates in many important partnerships ranging from agriculture ...

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A word with the Idaho Technology Council on the Deal Flow Report (access required)

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Private investment in companies is a critical driver of entrepreneurship and economic growth. Fortunately, Idaho continues to see expansion in the volume of investment, according to the latest Deal Flow Report, released June 11 at the Idaho Technology Council’s Capital ...

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