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Transportation representatives, partners cut ribbon for new electric buses  (access required)

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) has added four electric-powered buses to its Boise routes, and, during a mid-September ribbon-cutting event, hinted more are likely to come, and not just in Boise. City officials like Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and City Council ...

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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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Biz ‘Bites’

Record-breaking amount of wildfire supply returns coming into Idaho Fire Cache  Idaho Department of Lands expects this to be a record-breaking year for equipment issued and returned to the Idaho Department of Lands Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache, officials stated ...

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ITC to induct 2 into Hall of Fame 

Jack Hand, past CEO and chairman of POWER Engineers, and Tom Mueller, CEO of Impulse Space Propulsion and founding member of SpaceX, are the 2021 inductees into the Idaho Technology Council (ITC) Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Idaho Central ...

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Winkler named director of Information Technology for City of Boise

Alexandra Winkler has been named director of the City of Boise’s Department of Information Technology, per recommendation by Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and approval by the city council. As the city’s chief information officer, Winkler will oversee a technology department with a team of more than ...

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A roundup of tech news

Idaho DMV has new mobile renewal tool Idahoans now have the option to renew their vehicle registrations by scanning a QR code with their phone directly from vehicle registration renewal letters, according to a recent announcement from Idaho Transportation Department. Starting ...

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Why is Cleantech good for Idaho? 

What is Cleantech? Cleantech is a broadly inclusive term that refers to companies and technologies that create jobs and deploy new innovations that improve environmental and social sustainability. Why Idaho? To start, Idaho is rich in natural resources that make cleantech ...

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State of the City: Boise’s growth and changes  (access required)

Affordable child care, housing, clean energy and a future pathway project were highlighted during Mayor Lauren McLean’s annual State of the City address, where she called Boiseans to action. A new webpage was launched after the State of the City address, ...

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Todd Otanicar appointed as BSU MBE department chair

Associate Professor Todd Otanicar, Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE) Department at Boise State University. Otanicar came to the MBE program in 2019 from the University of Tulsa and runs the Thermal Transport and ...

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How drones, scanners could help build next-generation nuclear reactors (access required)

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is using drones, 3-D scanning and artificial intelligence to gauge construction process on a new building — components of digital engineering technology that could eventually help build nuclear reactors.  “65% of mega projects” — anything over $1 billion — fail,” said Christopher Ritter, director of the ...

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