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For developers, industrial revenue bonds are a useful tool (access required)

They have limitations, but in the cases where they’re appropriate, industrial revenue bonds, or IRBs, can be a useful part of the economic development toolbox. IRBs – also known as industrial development bonds, industrial development revenue bonds, or economic development ...

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Idaho industrial electric rates have risen sharply since 2011 (access required)

Industrial electric rates have increased by more than 34 percent since January 2011. That rise is far higher than the national average. The average rate increase for the country was about 1 percent, and the average increase for the Mountain ...

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Green building is an opportunity for industrial builders (access required)

When you think of industrial manufacturing facilities, like food-processing plants or large-scale bakeries, sustainability and resource efficiency might not immediately come to mind. These workhorse facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, distribution centers and industrial campuses, are designed for maximum ...

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Rules protect workers who enter confined spaces

The dangers of working in confined spaces have been well known and documented for over 2000 years. During the rule of the Roman emperor Trajan (53-117 AD), physicians of the day wrote of the ill effects suffered by convicts forced ...

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Caldwell looks for population growth to follow mixed-use development (access required)

After spending millions reimagining its downtown, Caldwell is missing only one thing: The people. But the city is hoping that a forthcoming mixed-use development will help with that. “The goal is to revitalize downtown,” said Keri Smith-Sigman, economic development specialist ...

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There are better ways to design the places we live (access required)

For the last 100 years or so, planners have separated land uses into districts. Through zoning ordinances, we made sure that land uses in these districts were compatible with each other. By doing this, we created separate areas for people ...

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Not all urban centers are created equal (access required)

Historically, downtowns have been the center of the community. But they are more. They can be the best example of mixed-use development. Downtowns show how various built forms, functions and uses such as places to work, live and recreate can ...

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Twin Falls’ agricultural roots drive development decisions today (access required)

Twin Falls was conceived as a planned community to serve an agricultural region more than a century ago, and those roots still direct planning and zoning for the city of 45,000. Agribusiness drives the city’s economy. The area’s conservative roots ...

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In Idaho’s capital, mixed-use development means finding the right balance (access required)

As executive director at Capital City Development Corp., my work has significant influence on the growth and development of downtown Boise, the center for commerce and government in Idaho’s largest city. This position of influence means the agency is constantly ...

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