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November 2022

2022 Annual Meeting

Bridging the Gap in our Talent Pipeline

Business Plus held its Annual Meeting November 17th featuring keynote speaker Nathan Foss from Lightcast; the global leader in labor market analytics. Our goal was to round off this year's theme on the Talent Pipeline and share labor market data and strategies with our business and community leaders.

"Non-wage incentives have become more and more important with younger generations," Foss said. "When you are looking at labor force shortages the people being impacted by it are the businesses. They can't find the workers they need. Whether it's the low-skilled jobs or its the jobs for people with higher education — whatever it might be — there's a shortage all around, and so the businesses are the ones that are struggling."

The Times-News covered our event with its November 18, 2022 article Filling the talent pipeline: Business Plus annual meeting offers a look at labor data.

Thank you to our meeting sponsors!

Columbia Bank, Minidoka Memorial Hospital and Willamette Dental Group

Rudy Ashenbrener, Business Plus Secretary, welcomes guests to the Annual Meeting, November 17, 2022.

Speaker Contact and Lightcast Resources

Nathan Foss, MBA

Account Executive | Lightcast



Lightcast publishes fantastic reports on labor market data. Visit the Lightcast Reports for The Demographic Drought, the Talent Attraction Scorecard, 2022 Talent Playbook and others.

Follow Lightcast's YouTube Channel for fun and insightful short videos including Apprenticeships, Inflation, and Nathan's Rural's Rise.

Nathan's presentation slides

Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, Inc. (SIEDO)

Interim Executive Director Jan Rogers shared news about the re-launch of SIEDO. The organization was founded 21 years ago on the concept of regional economic development. The idea was to leverage our resources as a region to market and attract large industrial/commercial projects. The intent from the beginning was for SIEDO to become a self-sustaining 501c organization focused on 4 basic tenets: 1) economic development being a team sport, 2) SIEDO's clients are the communities, counties, and private industry of Southern Idaho, 3) SIEDO must be client driven, and 4) it represents the economic interests of the region.

As Interim Director, Rogers was asked to assess the organization. The outcome of the assessment was to refocus the organization's original mission to create a stand-alone 501c3 organization. On October 1, 2022, SIEDO began the transition and has appointed a new board of directors representing Business Plus, CSI and the cities/counties. The next step will be to develop a strategic direction that will continue to drive opportunity to our region. Rogers believes our best years are yet to come!

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Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director



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Check Presentation - Thank you!

Idaho Central Credit Union

L-R: Rebecca Wildman, Lyssa Chavez, Alan Gil, Jeff May and Brett Buckley

Idaho Workforce Council Presentation for Jerome 20/20

Jerome 20/20, Inc. hosted Matt Thomsen and Janet Pretti to speak about the Idaho Talent Pipeline Management Initiative (TPM). Led by the Idaho Workforce Development Council, TPMⓇ is designed to be a scalable, employer-led solution designed to close the skills gap in ways that generates shared value and a return on investment (ROI) for employers as well as learners, education and workforce providers (including OPSOs), and the communities in which they reside. Valuable state resources were presented including Idaho Launch, Registered Apprenticeships and WDC Grant Opportunities including Child Care Expansion Grants. Matt Thomsen, Janet Pretti and Larry Hall are ready to answer questions and help businesses get started.

All Industry Hiring Event - December 1, 2022

Idaho Department of Labor Calendar

The Idaho Department of Labor's Event Calendar includes upcoming workshops and hiring events. Information is searchable and can filter for Southern Idaho. 

Zions Bank U.S. Jobs Report - November 4, 2022

Campaign Investors


First Federal*

Blue Cross of Idaho

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union*

Intermountain Gas Company* NEW LEVEL!



Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+



Clif Bar

Cooper Norman, CPAs*

Dairy West

Idaho Dairymen's Association

Idaho Power*

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*

Idaho Milk Products NEW!

Mr. Gas*

NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly

Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis / Canyon

  Crest Event Center / Redhawk NEW*

PBC Petersen Brothers Construction

PCA Packaging Corporation of America*

Starr Corporation*


United Electric Co-op, Inc.*

Watkins Distributing*

WillTran, Inc.



Balanced Rock Insurance


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

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


Snake River Pool & Spa

True West Beef

Titlefact, Inc.*

Ward Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


Columbia Bank NEW!

Family Health Services

Gem State Welders Supply*

Moss Greenhouses

New Energy One, LLC

New Leaf Properties

Oregon Trail RV Park


Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*

Stratus Communications, LLC

WATCO (Eastern Idaho Railroad)*

Window Welder



Rep. Maxine Bell (retired)

Doug Brown

Cindy Collins

Rep. Lance Clow

Jeff Harris

Rep. Linda Hartgen, and in memory of

   Stephen Hartgen

Alan Horner

Rex Lytle NEW!

Dave McAlindin

Mike McBride NEW!

Gregg Middlekauff NEW!

Gary Nelson

Dan Olmstead

Mayor Ruth Pierce

Jan Rogers

Doug Vollmer

Lee Wagner

Deb Wilson

John Wright




Best Western Burley Inn

Columbia Bank NEW!

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

WATCO (Eastern Idaho Railroad)

Willamette Dental Group NEW!

WillTran, Inc.


*Indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

+includes additional promotional investment

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Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Our Vision:

Strong Partnerships Supporting a Vibrant Regional Economy

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