March 2019

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Business Plus First Quarter Meeting

"Talent Pipeline - Students to Workforce"

Business Plus held its First Quarter Meeting on February 28th with a panel on "Talent Pipeline - Students to Workforce." P anel members were Dr. Gaylen Smyer, Principal of ARTEC / ARTE I / RPTCS, Curtis Richins, Director of ARTEC's  Cassia Tech Center, Debbie Critchfield, Communication Officer for Cassia Schools and Vice President of Idaho's Board of Education, and Colby Ricks, architect for Laughlin Ricks. It was moderated by Michael Arrington, CEO of Starr Corporation and President of ARTEC/ARTE I's Board of Directors. 

L-R: Panelists Gaylen Smyer, Colby Ricks, Curtis Richins and Debbie Critchfield 

Conne Stopher gives SIED update
Darin Moon adds to discussion

Advanced Regional Technical Education Coalition, or ARTEC is a Regional Professional Technical Charter school (RPTCS) that partners with Magic Valley school districts, businesses, and the College of Southern Idaho to provide professional technical classes for students in grades 9-12. 

In 2018, ARTE I was created as a second charter school to increase the number of students they could accommodate, allow for expansion, and better meet the needs of its partners. ARTE I stands for Advanced Regional Technical Education - Industrial. This  January 2018 Times-News article  explains the formation of ARTE I, its programs and funding.

In 2003, Business Plus gave a $195,000 grant to ARTEC and the CSI Foundation to support workforce development in our region. ARTEC supports the needs of our region's businesses by training students with the skills they need for our region's jobs. Success of these training programs has resulted in a significant return on investment for both businesses and students. 

For more information about ARTEC / ARTE I / RPTCS, visit their website, contact Director  Andy Wiseman,  or Principal  Gaylen Smyer . For more information about the Cassia Tech Center, visit their website, contact Director Curtis Richins or Debbie Critchfield.

Note that space for this meeting was limited. Our Second Quarter meeting will be held  in May in Jerome, and open to anyone interested in attending. More details to come.

Business Plus supports Southern Idaho Economic Development's mission of building a healthy economy through a focus on labor, people, housing, business attraction, business expansion and retention, and marketing. Your organization can be part of our future by joining Business Plus.

If you are not an investor yet, let's talk...give me a call:   208-539-6470.

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director

Southern Idaho Economic Development
New Name, Logo, Website, Newsletter and Podcasts

This year Southern Idaho Economic Development has moved away from the SIEDO acronym with a new logo, name and branding. The new logo visually shows the place and purpose of the organization with a fresh look and clear explanation of purpose.  Executive Director Connie Stopher states that the new name "should tell people, no matter where you're from, what we are and what we do."

Success starts here is the new tagline - a message that communicates the goals to help business relocation, business expansion, and talent attraction all succeed here. 

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Check Presentations

D.L. Evans Bank

L-R: Jim Evans, Rebecca Wildman and Dan Lloyd

Clif Bar

L-R:  Rebeca Wildman, Dale Ducommun and Con Paulos

Campaign Investors

PLATINUM ($10,000-$25,000)
First Federal*
D.L. Evans Bank
Idaho Central Credit Union
McCain Foods

GOLD ($5,000-$9,999)
Clif Bar
Cooper Norman, CPAs
Idaho Dairymen's Association
Idaho National Lab (INL)*
Idaho Power*
Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*
St. Luke's Magic Valley*
Woodbury Corporation
   Magic Valley Mall, Target, Best Buy
   & Dick's Shopping Centers

SILVER ($2,500-$4,999)
American Real Estate & Appraisal*
Dot Foods
EHM Engineers, Inc.
Elevation 486
Farmers Bank
Givens Pursley, LLP
Intermountain Gas Company*
Magic Valley Electric
Mountain West Realty
Mr. Gas*
NOVOLEX/Hilex Poly
Oasis Stop 'N Go & Travelers' Oasis*
PCA Packaging Corporation of America *
Starr Corporation*
United Electric Co-op, Inc.
Washington Federal
Watkins Distributing*
Wells Fargo Bank
WillTran, Inc.
Zions Bank

BRONZE ($1,000-$2,499)
Alliance Title & Escrow*
Banner Bank
Best Western Burley Inn
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
   Idaho Homes & Properties
Blue Lakes Inn / Snake River Pool 
   & Spa
Cassia Regional Hospital -  Intermountain 
Collins Connection -  Kent & Cindy Collins
   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*
Con Paulos Chevrolet
Eastern Idaho Railroad (EIRR)*
Farm Bureau Insurance
First American Title Company
Goode Motor Auto Group
J-U-B Engineers
K&T Steel*
Lytle Signs

BRONZE (Cont.)
Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Nelson & Co.
Nu-Vu Glass
St. Luke's Jerome*
Sterling Urgent Care
Titlefact, Inc.*
Thorton Oliver Keller
U.S. Bank
Ward Orthodontics
Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact
    Athletic Club*
Wills Toyota*

COMMUNITY ($250-$999) 
Boccard Life Sciences
Cable One
CTR-Cleanup & Total Restoration
Family Health Services
Gem State Welders Supply*
Moss Greenhouses
New Leaf Properties
North Canyon Medical Center
Oregon Trail RV Park
Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
Stratus Communications, LLC
United Way of South Central Idaho

Best Western Burley Inn
Cable One
Con Paulos Chevrolet
D.L. Evans Bank
Dot Foods
Elevation 486
Farm Bureau Insurance
First Federal
Goode Motor Auto Group
Intermountain Gas Company
Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Mountain West Realty
Mr. Gas / Mr. Wash
NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly
Packaging Specialties of Idaho (PSI)
PCA Packaging Corporation of America
Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)
Sorans Restaurants, Inc.
Starr Corporation
Stone House & Co.
United Electric Co-op, Inc.
U.S. Bank
Watkins Distributing
Wells Fargo Bank
Willamette Dental Group

*indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director