January 2020

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Business Plus First Quarter Meeting

You are invited to attend our Business Plus 1st Quarter Meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Morey's Steakhouse,  Burley, Idaho

Idaho Recruitment Strategies and Return on Investment

Tom Kealey, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce
Connie Stopher, Executive Director, Southern Idaho Economic Development

2020 Board of Directors

At our Annual Meeting, the Business Plus Board voted in its Board of Directors for 2020:

2020 Executive Committee:

2020 Board of Directors:

Neil Christensen -  President

Jim Evans  - Vice President
D.L. Evans Bank 
Todd Wadsworth  - Treasurer
Cooper Norman, CPAs
Cindy Collins - Secretary
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Idaho Homes & Properties

Con Paulos
Con Paulos Chevrolet
Jason Meyerhoeffer
First Federal
Jim Capps
Intermountain Gas
Jim Lynch
Mr. Gas
Matt Sandberg
Magic Valley Media/Times-News
Rudy Ashenbrener
TitleFact, Inc.
Alan Horner
First Federal/Legacy Leaders
Matt Cook
Goode Motor
Jeff May
Idaho Central Credit Union
Rick Naerebout
Idaho Dairymen's Association
William Jensen
Idaho National Lab (INL)
Dan Olmstead
Idaho Power
Wendy Lundberg
McCain Foods
Lloyd Smith
Mountain West Realty
Nick Lynch
Mr. Gas/Lynch Oil
Mason Harper
Nu-Vu Glass

Mark Lopshire
Oregon Trail RV Park
Dan Hoover
Michael Arrington
Starr Corporation
Jody Tremblay
St. Luke's Magic Valley
Chris Seibold
United Electric Coop
Dr. Brian Ward
Ward Orthodontics
Mitch Watkins
Watkins Distributing
Renee Avram
Zions Bank

Thank you for your time and commitment. I look forward to working with you this year.

Dear Prospective Investor,

Business want to grow, and they can in a community with a thriving economy. People need jobs, good paying jobs, so they can buy homes, raise families, and enjoy the opportunities the community offers. Southern Idaho has seen fabulous growth and our businesses benefit from this growth. More companies want to land here to be part of our success. It is easy to be part of this success - invest in Business Plus!

If you would like to join our investor group, give me a call: 208-539-6470.

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director

A Word from Neil Christensen, Business Plus President 2020

"Business Plus is the most powerful networking organization I have ever seen for local businesses to get to know and support each other. When I look at the business climate in Southern Idaho, and the endless possibilities for the future, it becomes obvious that Business Plus will continue to play a vital role in shaping the future of the Magic Valley. It is an impressive and necessary organization for growing our future."

Neil Christensen, BBSI Area Manager 

Business Plus
Working Together

We invite you to watch this video about Business Plus. 
Thank you to KMVT and Tom Frank for producing.
Click to Watch

To sponsor a future Secret's Out Idaho podcast,  contact Connie Stopher .

Opportunity Zone Training

You are invited to attend this training on Thursday, February 13th, 9 a.m. to Noon 
CSI Taylor Building, Twin Falls, Idaho
There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP to:  ervinac@southernidaho.org

Brock Cherry, TF City Planner
Take Action

The City of Twin Falls is asking for your help in rewriting their City Code. Follow this link to the latest draft and how to contact the Twin Falls Planning & Zoning Staff with your comments, suggestions, questions and concerns.

Twin Falls County is also rewriting its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update and asking the public for help. Go here to the county's website and  read more about it here. 

Urban Land Institute Idaho
Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 Presentation

Real estate trends are important indicators for economic development. The Urban Land Institute Idaho held its Twin Falls event last month identifying emerging trends in real estate. Keynote speaker Andy Warren presented several trends to watch, both nationally and regionally, including housing affordability, communities with a sense of place,  hipsturbia, boomers, yoldsters, environmental social governance (ESG), advantages for communities that invest in infrastructure, technology/5G. Warren shared his slides with attendees - click on the link below:

Click for Slides

Check Presentations

Snake River Pool & Spa  and the Blue Lakes Inn
L-R: Beau Burk, Jon Paul Sherwood, Neil Christensen, Rebecca Wildman, Jim Evans, Matt Sandberg, Jim Paxton, Rudy Ashenbrener, and Jim Capps

Idaho Power

Rebecca Wildman and Dan Olmstead

Become an Investor!  

Give me a call! 

Rebecca Wildman

Campaign Investors

First Federal*
D.L. Evans Bank*
Idaho Central Credit Union
Magic Valley Media*+
McCain Foods
Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*
Clif Bar
Cooper Norman, CPAs*
Dairy West
Idaho Dairymen's Association
Idaho National Lab (INL)*
Idaho Power*
St. Luke's Magic Valley*
Woodbury Corporation - Magic Valley Mall, 
   Target, Best Buy & Dick's Shopping Centers
Zions Bank*
American Real Estate and Appraisal*
Dot Foods
EHM Engineers, Inc.
Farmers Bank
Givens Pursley, LLP
Intermountain Gas Company*
Magic Valley Electric
Mountain West Realty
Mr. Gas*
Northwest Bank
NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly
Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis*
PBC Petersen Brothers Construction
PCA Packaging Corporation of America*
Starr Corporation*
United Electric Co-op, Inc.
Washington Federal
Watkins Distributing*
Wells Fargo Bank
WillTran, Inc.
Banner Bank
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Idaho 
   Homes & Properties
Best Western Burley Inn
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Lakes Inn / Snake River Pool & Spa
Cassia Regional Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare*
Collins Connection - Kent & Cindy Collins 
   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*
Con Paulos Chevrolet
Farm Bureau Insurance
First American Title Company*
Goode Motor Auto Group
HC Company, Inc.
J-U-B Engineers
K&T Steel Corp*
Lytle Signs*
Materials Testing & Inspection
Minidoka Memorial Hospital

BRONZE (Cont.)
Nelson & Co.
Nu-Vu Glass
Safari Hospitality - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn
    Express & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites
NEW!  SimplicIT
St. Luke's Jerome
Thornton Oliver Keller
Titlefact, Inc.*
U.S. Bank
Ward Orthodontics
Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 
Wills Toyota*
Boccard Life Sciences
CTR-Cleanup & Total Restoration
Devil's Corral
Family Health Services
Gem State Welders Supply*
Moss Greenhouses
New Leaf Properties
North Canyon Medical Center
Oregon Trail RV Park
Sparklight (formerly CableOne)
Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
Stratus Communications, LLC
United Way of South Central Idaho
Watco (Eastern Idaho Railroad)*
Wills, Inc.*
Rep. Maxine Bell, Retired
Doug Brown
Rep. Lance Clow
Jeff Harris
Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Retired
Alan Horner
Ruth Pierce
Jan Rogers
Lee Wagner
(past 3 years)
Best Western Burley Inn
Elevation 486
Idaho Central Credit Union
Mr. Gas
Packaging Specialties of Idaho
PCA Packing Corporation of America
PerforMix Nutrition Systems
Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Mountain West Realty
Oregon Trail RV
Soran Restaurants, Inc.
Starr Corporation
Stone House & Co.
Stratus Communications
Thornton Oliver Keller
Watkins Distributing
Willamette Dental Group
WillTran, Inc.
*Indicates 10+ years of support since 2003
+ includes additional promotional investment

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director