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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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GM CEO expects virus to ebb, economic recovery by early 2021 (access required)

DETROIT (AP) — The auto business used to be pretty simple. Crank out vehicles that people want to buy and collect profits. It’s gotten a whole lot more complicated since Mary Barra took over as CEO of General Motors in ...

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Unique Idaho short-term health insurance plans pass muster (access required)

A federal court has axed the legal challenge standing in the way of Idaho’s unique enhanced short-term medical insurance. The Trump administration had changed the rules on short-term policies, which were included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Short-term policies ...

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Idaho approves $50 million for COVID-19 testing, school PPE (access required)

The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee approved $50 million on July 24 to expand COVID-19 testing in Idaho and purchase Personal Protective Equipment and other safety supplies for public schools. CFAC allocated the money as follows: $21 million to test public ...

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Event planning in 2020: effectively attracting different demographics (access required)

Event planning as we know it came to a screeching halt earlier this year. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many venues, small businesses, and event planners experienced unprecedented losses and challenges. Looking at your pre-pandemic event demographics can be helpful, ...

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Idaho Land Board eyes building a prison as an investment

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Land Board on Tuesday decided to look into building a prison as a possible investment with $130 million it has accumulated through the sale of commercial and residential properties. The five-member board that includes ...

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Where’s all the attorneys? Idaho ranks near the bottom (access required)

Graph of Attorneys vs. State Population.

Idaho ranks 36th for population and, taking area into account, 44th for population density. That’s not really news because everyone knows there’s a lot of Idaho and not a lot of people living here. The outdoor splendor of the state ...

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Idaho Foodbank gives sneak peek of its new Meridian home (access required)

Morgan Wilson of the Idaho Foodbank inside the new freezer at the Foodbank's new facility

The Idaho Foodbank outgrew its current space five years ago. On July 21, it took the wraps off a construction project that will allow the nonprofit to consolidate its Treasure Valley offices and operations into one building in Meridian, four ...

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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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Idaho Business Review September events to go virtual

The Idaho Business Review will continue its new mode of delivering awards events virtually at least through September, in the interest of protecting public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19. Accomplished Under 40, a celebration of young professionals, will be ...

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