Yearly Archives: 2017

Welcome! Dawson Henshaw

Commerce is excited to welcome Dawson Henshaw to the team as our newest International Trade Specialist. Dawson was born in Taiwan and lived there in his early childhood before moving to Bellevue, Washington to do his schooling.  He moved to Boise to attend Boise State University for his undergraduate studies and fell in love with […]

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Director’s Blog: Walking alongside our leaders

In Idaho, we have world-class rivers, and mountains, and desert terrains that rival anywhere on Earth for outdoor recreation and stunning majestic beauty. We also have a thriving economy with a steadfast workforce and innovations coming out of every industry sector ranging from food production to technology and aerospace. We are truly fortunate to live […]

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State Support, Skilled Workforce, Quality Potatoes: McCain Foods’ Burley Facility Announces $200M expansion and addition of 180 jobs

State Support, Skilled Workforce, Quality Potatoes: McCain Foods’ Burley Facility Announces $200M expansion and addition of 180 jobs   It was a huge economic win for Idaho sealed by teamwork at its finest. McCain Foods, USA announced this month a substantial expansion to their potato processing plant in Burley, Idaho to the tune of $200 […]

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Welcome! Andrea Vlassis-Zahn

We are so excited to have Andrea Vlassis-Zahn joining the Idaho Commerce team! Andrea (emphasis on the “Drea”) is the newest addition to our already-amazing Business Attraction team. Andrea is from a small town outside of Portland, Oregon called Happy Valley. And, “Yes – people are happy there!” She was introduced to Boise in 2000 […]

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Idaho’s First Medical School is Awarded Pre-Accreditation; Breaks Ground

Idaho’s first medical broke ground last week after having successfully completed the rigorous process of achieving pre-accreditation earlier this month. The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) was awarded pre-accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic Accreditation, marking an important milestone for Idaho’s first medical school. Pre-accreditation is a critical step in the […]

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Company Spotlight: Fin Fun

The Idaho Falls business, Fin Fun, is making a big splash with swimmable mermaid tails. Fin Fun sells colorful mermaid tails in a wide array of designs that, when combined with their patented monofin, allow children to look and swim like mermaids. It is a family owned business that was started in 2010 and has […]

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Director’s Blog: From the Red Carpet to Rock Music

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my experiences at both the Sun Valley Film Festival and Treefort Music Festival.  How fortunate we are to live in a beautiful state where culture and outdoor living collide in such diverse, creative, and fun ways. The tourism industry – Idaho’s 3rd […]

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Company Spotlight: Asana Climbing Gym

Our Commerce BRE team had the pleasure of sitting down with Asana’s very own Jamey Sproull and Rory O’leary to talk about their new climbing facility on the corner of Glenwood and Chinden in Garden City.  This was right after they held their grand opening, and it was evident that Jamey and Rory were both […]

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Director’s Blog – Idaho’s Job Growth Success

The Idaho Department of Labor announced last week that Idaho topped the nation in over-the-year job growth. This is incredible news that serves as a testament to the success of our growing economy and the great work that Idaho companies are doing to offer new opportunities to the working citizens of our amazing state. It […]

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Welcome! Ewa, Kim, and Skylor!

We have been busy building our Commerce team and are excited to welcome 3 new faces to the bunch!   Ewa Szewczyk We are excited to welcome Ewa to the Idaho Department of Commerce Grants team. Born in Poland, Ewa immigrated to the United States as a baby and has lived in Boise for the […]

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