March 2021

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Dear Business Plus Partners,

Business Plus held its First Quarter Meeting on February 26th via Zoom with over 50 people attending. Dean Fisher, President of the College of Southern Idaho, spoke about the challenges they face, but more importantly, the unique success CSI is experiencing with an increase in head count, credit hours, solid budget, and no school-year furloughs. Fisher explained that CSI's story is very different than the national picture. 

Link to President Fisher's Presentation Slides

President Fisher spoke about CSI's recently approved Strategic Plan Summary, Student Experience Commitment, and Peer Groups. President Fisher offered to share his weekly President's Notes, if you are interested, email Ginger Nukaya.

Connie Stopher, Director of Southern Idaho Economic Development, highlighted three new projects: Elixir, Fiber and Bio. All three are in rural communities and Stopher and her team are assisting with state and county tax incentives, property searches, zoning issues, conditional use permits, local outreach and PR. These three projects will have a regional impact of $23M in Capital Expenditures and create 72 new jobs. 

Link to Director Stopher's Slides

Return on Investment is significant with just these three projects:

To help smaller communities, Connie Stopher, Ervina Covcic and Madeleine Bumstead are working on booklets for rural REDS communities called "How to do business in BLANK" with Buhl's coming out first. Additionally, they are working on identifying needs for infrastructure, assisting with broadband grants, capacity building and trainings, and community development including Operation Facelift.

Project Elixir announced on March 1, 2021. See news below.

Network with the most influential leaders in the valley while growing your business and the local economy. Business Plus leverages growth by focusing on economic activity that results in job creation and talent attraction. We support a strong regional workforce, employment security and diversity. 

Business Plus is a unique network of local business leaders that are solely committed to growing business in the Magic Valley. Give me a call!

Rebecca Wildman - Director

A Word from Matt Sandberg, Business Plus Board Member

As a media professional I meet with businesses of all types across the Magic Valley. While each business is unique, they all share the same needs to attract talent, and they all thrive when the economy empowers the community to purchase their goods and services. Business Plus empowers businesses to join forces to grow our economy and build a skilled workforce. Joining Business Plus is your way to contribute to the future vitality of our community, and ensure the ongoing success of your business."

Matt Sandberg, Publisher, Times-News

ArtisanLabsWelcome Artisan Labs!

Project Elixir has announced as Artisan Labs. This project will bring 50+ jobs and $3M in CapEx to Hansen, Idaho. We are pleased you chose Southern Idaho to grow this new business. Welcome!


Cosmetics manufacturer launches company in Hansen, Idaho Business Review, March 23, 2021


New Air Service!

Book Flights Here

Business Plus is pleased to support the new air service from Twin Falls to Denver on United Airline's service with SkyWest. Tickets are on sale now for service starting May 12th. Flights will leave Twin Falls daily at 2:15 p.m. and reach Denver around 4 p.m. The arriving flight will land in Twin Falls at about 1:45 p.m. Each flight will have 50 seats. Additional flights will be added as demand increases.

"This has been a long time coming," Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce CEO and council member Shawn Barigar said. 

Support this new service by booking your flights. Use this link!

OperationFaceLiftOperation Facelift 2021

Sponsor Information

Operation Facelift is a regional community-wide project created to revitalize downtown areas throughout Southern Idaho, build community pride, and encourage downtown activity and new business development. From a new park bench to a beautiful mural, the annual project encourages Magic Valley cities to complete projects, big or small, to create a better community.

Projects are still available to sponsor or co-sponsor. Contact Connie Stopher ASAP if your company is interested.

Talent Pipeline Management
Join the Collaborative
Join the Collaborative
Governor Brad Little and other Idaho leaders have created regional taskforces to better align education and workforce, and create shared value for employers, workers, educators and students. This is called Talent Pipeline Management (TPM). The employer is the "end customer" of a talent supply chain. Read more here and join the collaborative

Thank you to our New and Renewing Investors!




Campaign Investors

First Federal*
D.L. Evans Bank*
Idaho Central Credit Union
Magic Valley Media*+
Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*
Clif Bar
Cooper Norman, CPAs*
Dairy West
Idaho Dairymen's Association
Idaho National Lab (INL)*
Idaho Power*
Intermountain Gas Company*
McCain Foods
St. Luke's*
Woodbury Corporation - Magic Valley Mall, 
   Target, Best Buy & Dick's Shopping Centers
American Real Estate and Appraisal*
NEW NAME & LEVEL! Atlas Technical Consultants (formerly Materials Testing & Inspection)
NEW! Crossroads Point
Dot Foods
EHM Engineers, Inc.
Farmers Bank
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.
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
NEW! Ireland Bank
K&T Steel Corp*
Lytle Signs*
McKinlay Klundt Appraisal Co.
Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Nelson & Co.
NEW LEVEL! North Canyon Medical Center
Nu-Vu Glass
Safari Hospitality - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn
    Express & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites
Thornton Oliver Keller
Titlefact, Inc.*
U.S. Bank
Ward Orthodontics
Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 
Wills Toyota*
Zions Bank*

Devil's Corral
Family Health Services
Gem State Welders Supply*
Moss Greenhouses
New Leaf Properties
Oregon Trail RV Park
Sparklight (formerly CableOne)
Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
Stratus Communications, LLC
United Way of South Central Idaho
Watco (Eastern Idaho Railroad)*
Rep. Maxine Bell, Retired
Doug Brown
Rep. Lance Clow
Jeff Harris
Rep. Stephen Hartgen, Retired
Alan Horner
Ruth Pierce
Jan Rogers
Lee Wagner
NEW! Debra Wilson
(past 3 years)
Best Western Burley Inn
Elevation 486
Idaho Central Credit Union
Mr. Gas
Nu-Vu Glass
Packaging Specialties of Idaho
PCA Packaging 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

State and Local Resources foCOVID-19

Governor Brad Little and Idaho Rebounds
Idaho Department of Commerce COVID-19 Page
Idaho Department of Labor Idaho@Work Blog and Unemployment Dashboard
Idaho Economic Development Association (IEDA) COVID-19 Resources
Southern Idaho Economic Development COVID-19 Links
Region IV Development Website with Links to Loan Assistance
South Central Public Health District Information on Coronavirus
United Way of South Central Idaho Website

Become an Investor!
Give me a call! 

Rebecca Wildman