May 20, 2019

8 – 8:30 a.m. breakfast and networking
8:30 am – 10:30 a.m. panel discussion

17th floor of the Zions Bank Building, 800 W. Main St., Boise


The 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act offers an incentive for investments in low-income communities around the nation and around the state, identified as Opportunity Zones. This economic development tool could act as a shot in the arm for the economy in Idaho’s 28 Opportunity Zones. How best can Idaho regions take advantage of this opportunity? Learn more about Opportunity Zones incentives and guidelines from local experts on this topic.

Opening remarks given by Jerry Miller with Idaho Department of Commerce.


Roy Brewer – Partner, Brewer Lofgren

Travis Burgess, CPA – Partner, Eide Bailly

Gregg Davis – Commercial Real Estate Salesperson/Director, KW Commercial – Lemas Team

Jerry Miller – Economic Development Specialist, Idaho Commerce

Richard Smith –  Partner, Hawley Troxell

Bill Truax – President, Galena OZ Fund


Sharon Fisher – Staff writer, Idaho Business Review

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March 14, 2019 – Experts Forum – Idaho’s STEM Future

Our March 14 Experts Forum covered the current state and future outlook of the STEM fields in Idaho. A panel of experts on each selected topic will engaged in a lively no-holds-barred discussion moderated by our IBR technology reporter Sharon Fisher.



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Melinda Davis, director of STEM education for the University of Idaho

Angela Hemingway, executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center

Amy Lientz, director of stakeholder and education partnerships at Idaho National Laboratory

Jay Patel, developer, leader and entrepreneur heading operations and finance for Coding Dojo

March 21, 2018 Experts Forum – Harassment in the Workplace

Business team young people multi ethnic teamworkWorkplace harassment in all its forms is damaging to morale, to productivity, and to staff retention. It’s just bad for business. Smart, informed managers can avoid the social and financial costs of this widespread problem by learning its signs and educating staff on what constitutes harassment.
In a live panel discussion, moderated by the Idaho Business Review, human resources and workplace experts will talk about how to educate staff and management on avoiding harassment, how to identify developing problems, and how to respond properly and promptly to complaints.

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Patti Perkins, CEO & Owner of Calyx-Weaver & Associates

Peggy Jones, Albertsons Companies Vice President of Human Resources

Toni Vandel, Manager of Human Resource Services at Idaho National Laboratory

Pam Howland, Owner/Attorney at Idaho Employment Lawyers