The Business Plus Board of Directors held its Third Quarter Meeting earlier this month reporting on Burley, Idaho. Highlights include: READ MORE . . .
The Business Plus Board of Directors invites investors, potential investors and those interested in growing Southern Idaho’s economy to attend our Third Quarter Board Meeting and Community Lunch, Thursday, August 3rd. READ MORE . . .
We have a new mission statement: PRIVATE INVESTORS GROWING SOUTHERN IDAHO’S ECONOMY. We invite you to join our group and INVEST IN SOUTHERN IDAHO. For more information please give me a call. READ MORE . . .
The Business Plus Board of Directors invites you to attend our Second Quarter Board Meeting and Community Lunch. “Business Retention & Expansion” with speakers Mike Williams, Jerome City Administrator, Connie Stopher, SIEDO Executive Director, and Jerry Miller, Idaho Department of Commerce. READ MORE . . .
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) held its quarterly meeting and introduced new Executive Director Connie Stopher. Thank you to Brad Wills for serving as SIEDO’s Interim Director since October 2016. Brad has been a long-time supporter and Director of Business Plus and we appreciate him helping further SIEDO’s mission. READ MORE . . .
This month Business Plus and SIEDO hosted area builders and developers for breakfast to talk about how economic development impacts builders in the Magic Valley. Brad Wills, SIEDO’s interim director, outlined two positives for our region: a strong market for all building price points, and affordable housing opportunities. Negatives include a shortage of subcontractors and general laborers, and higher land and development costs. Other considerations include growth into rural areas and the creation of subdivisions, annexations, and the extension of city services. READ MORE . . .
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) has named Connie Stopher as its new Executive Director. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the South Coast Development Council in Coos Bay, Oregon. Stopher will join SIEDO March 15, 2017. READ MORE . . .
I urge you to read Sunday’s Times-News feature “Getting over Simplot: how Mini-Cassia healed in 15 years since Heyburn plant closure.” It documented Simplot’s potato plant closure in 2002 and how the Mini-Cassia area has since recovered. Key factors include: embracing the costs of growth and a willingness to invest in infrastructure, creating an industrial park, supporting the vision of community leaders, marketing successes to put the region on the map with site selectors and focusing on attracting smaller companies that offered diversity. Over time the combination of these strategies resulted in increasing economic success for Mini-Cassia and the Southern Idaho region. READ MORE , . .