Welcome to the Business Plus Newsletter!

November 2021

Business Plus Annual Meeting

Join us November 18, 3-5 pm at The Herrett Center

Where Economic Development and Growth meet: Taxes, State and Local Governments


Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls City Administrator

Brad Wills, Twin Falls County Assessor

Clark Kauffman, State Representative

Miguel Legarreta, Associated Taxpayers of Idaho President

Moderated by Representative Maxine Bell (Ret.)


Thank you Business Plus

Legacy Leaders for sponsoring this event!

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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. Join our leaders now!

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director



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Thank you Idaho Power!

L-R: Shane Jenkins, Rebecca Wildman, Nate Murray, Neil Christensen and Matt Sandberg

Best Wishes!

Connie Stopher is leaving Southern Idaho Economic Development to take a similar position in Southern California. Rural Economic Develoment Specialist Ervina Covcic and Marketing Manager Amanda Worthington are available to assist our communities and businesses as SIED looks to fill the position. Thank you Connie for your service to Southern Idaho. We wish you the best with this new chapter!

Farewell Open House

Friday, November 5th 12:00 - 4:00 pm

202 Falls Ave, Twin Falls

Operation Facelift

Operation Facelift had its best year yet. Operation Facelift inspires community pride, new business development and helps revitalize downtown areas - something we can all win from!

Loss of Air Service

We are greatly disappointed in both the reduction of SkyWest flights to Salt Lake City under Delta, and now the loss of the United Airlines daily flights to Denver. Loss of service is an impact of the pandemic and the difficulty for airlines in this economy. Our air service team assures us that they will be aggressivly seeking new solutions to resolve our air travel challenges.

Economic Reports

Zions Bank's October 28 webinar "Navigating the Return of Uncertainty" featured Senior Economist Robert Spendlove sharing economic trends in the labor market, consumer confidence and inflation. Spendlove highlighted Idaho and Utah, particularly with home prices, job gains and industry growth (5:00). His 33-minute presentation is worth watching. Rich Mebius, Zions Wealth Management Portfolio Manager follows Spendlove with third quarter investment markets, returns and market volatility (38:00).

A recent surprise in the job market is the increased quit rate, particularly in Idaho. Spendlove speculates that the labor shortage has made all jobs more competitive so workers are quitting lower paying jobs that are more demanding and are moving to jobs that are higher paying and more flexible. Randy Stapilus in his November 1st column suggests Idaho's right-to-work status is also a factor.

South Central Idaho's Unemployment Situation presented in this October 22 publication from the Idaho Department of Labor:

South Central Idaho's Economic Profile Overview dated October 21 has additional information relevant to our region:

My relative summed up the decline in the labor force participation rate simply stating: "Employees have found a new work-life balance choosing to not work the same job or pace as they did before the pandemic. Their priorities have changed."

His observation is reflected in EMSI's report "The Demographic Drought." This report identifies demographic shortages with Baby Boomers retiring early, women not returning to the workforce, and the under-employment of others. It is a worthwhile read, so if you missed my previous link to th report, here it is again:

Idaho Dairymen's Association Q3 Newsletter

Thank you to our New and Renewing Investors!

Thank you Campaign Investors!


First Federal*

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union


Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+

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*

Atlas Technical Consultants

Crossroads Point

Dot Foods

EHM Engineers, Inc.

Farmers Bank

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 Lakes Inn / Snake River Pool & Spa

Cassia Regional Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare*


Collins Connection - Kent & Cindy Collins 

  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*

Con Paulos Chevrolet

Desert Creative Group NEW!

First American Title Company*

Goode Motor Auto Group

Ireland Bank

K&T Steel Corp*

Lytle Signs*

MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air

McKinlay Klundt Appraisal Co.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital

North Canyon Medical Center

Nu-Vu Glass

Safari Hospitality - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn

   Express & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites


TOK Commercial

Titlefact, Inc.*

Ward Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


Family Health Services

Gem State Welders Supply*

Moss Greenhouses

New Leaf Properties

Oregon Trail RV Park


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

Dave McAlindin NEW!

Dan Olmstead

Ruth Pierce

Jan Rogers

Lee Wagner

Debra Wilson

John Wright NEW!



(past 3 years)


Best Western Burley Inn


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

TOK Commercial

Watkins Distributing

Willamette Dental Group

WillTran, Inc.


*Indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

+includes additional promotional investment

Our Mission:

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Our Vision:

Strong Partnerships Supporting a Vibrant Regional Economy

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