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 , . .
On behalf of Business Plus, I would like to thank our generous investors for supporting regional economic development in Southern Idaho. Great returns on your investment continue with Southern Idaho’s business expansions, attractions, and marketing efforts to attract investment and talent to our region. READ MORE . . .
Business Plus held its Annual Meeting on November 3, 2016. Highlights include: Business Plus Board President Jason Meyerhoeffer welcomed attendees and publicly thanked First Federal’s CEO Alan Horner for his long-time support of the community. Horner is retiring in January and Business Plus would also like to say thank you to Alan for supporting Business Plus and our mission. READ MORE . . .
Business Plus announces Brad Wills as Interim Director for the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO). Brad currently serves on the Business Plus Board of Directors and has been a valuable resource for both Business Plus and SIEDO. We appreciate Brad’s willingness to support SIEDO’s mission. READ MORE…
The Magic Valley has been a part of several exciting things this past month. Here are some highlights: SIEDO held a very successful 15th Anniversary Summit. SIEDO’s founders reflected on their vision and creation of the organization. Idaho Department of Labor Economist Ethan Mansfield gave an analysis of our region’s workforce trends and the power of “place-making.” Brett Simms of Workforce Training Solutions shared 12 workplace characteristics that retain top talent. Cally Grindstaff of Clear Springs Foods highlighted their culture and strategies to successfully attract and keep talent. And Business Plus presented SIEDO with a check to support the coming year’s operations. Thank you SIEDO for representing and promoting our region! READ MORE …
The Business Plus Board of Directors held its Third Quarter Meeting on August 4th with 50 business leaders and community representatives attending. Rupert City Administrator Kelly Anthon spoke about the success that Rupert is seeing with the recruitment of WillTran, Inc.,
Transystems, and PerforMix Nutrition Systems. Rupert has amazing local support with Operation Facelift, and will soon be opening its own YMCA READ MORE . . .