Study: Magic Valley a top spot for food processing

Study: Magic Valley a top spot for food processing

TWIN FALLS — Drawn by local work force training and inexpensive land and labor, food and beverage processing companies are turning their attention to the Magic Valley, now more than ever.

A new study rolled out this year by The Boyd Company — an independent site selection consultant for corporations — lists Twin Falls in the top six North American regions for the food processing industry. The ranking considers operating costs for building a hypothetical 300,000 square-foot processing facility employing 500 workers.

Read full article here.

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SIEDO wins food-processing award

TWIN FALLS — Southern Idaho’s food processing and production has once again garnered national attention.

The region was honored by a national publication for economic development. Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization received the 2016 Award of Excellence from Expansion Solutions, a magazine for site selection consultants and corporate real estate brokers.

The award noted SIEDO’s success in expanding the food-processing and production industries here in Idaho.

Read the full article here.


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Welcome! Sarah Flick

Sarah joins the Idaho Department of Commerce Tourism Development team (and the Pacific Northwest!) from south of the Mason Dixon Line.

She moved to Idaho with her husband after spending the last 12 years in South Carolina where she received a degree from the College of Charleston with a focus on Hospitality and Tourism.

With past experience in Marketing and Brand Management, she is excited to marry her love of travel and marketing to help promote the amazing new state she’s just beginning to discover.

She is passionate about the sustainable food movement, is an avid explorer, and slowly is working her way through the Idaho wineries one weekend at a time.

We are excited to have Sarah’s experience join our team! Welcome to Idaho (and Mountain Standard Time), Sarah!

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Boise Valley Welcomes Priefert Manufacturing

Boise is a place where family-owned businesses have deep roots. Companies like Simplot and Albertsons have thrived here because of the founders that believed in building a legacy for their business and their families.

J.R. Simplot started one of the nation’s largest food production companies in the country out of Boise. The height of his success came from innovations around potatoes, french-fries and feeding the troops. Today, four of J.R.’s family members still serve on the executive committee for the Board of Directors of the J.R. Simplot Company, and the Foundation has invested heavily in the community.

Joe Albertson opened his first store in 1939, and now Albertsons is one of the largest supermarket brands in the country. Even with impressive growth, Albertsons roots and family values are still a part of the company today. In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation celebrate 50 years of giving back to the community with more than $650 million benefiting Idaho children and families.

This month, Boise has a new family owned business to welcome to the community. Recently,Priefert Manufacturing announced that they would be expanding to the Boise Valley. Read more here.



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WELCOME (back)! Autumn Braase

We are excited to welcome back to the Idaho Commerce family, Autumn Braase!

Autumn is a native Idahoan, wife of a wounded veteran, mother to her 11-month-old daughter, and experienced Business Attraction specialist.

Born and raised in Idaho, she graduated from Boise State University (GO BRONCOS!) with a degree in Business Administration. While in school, Autumn married her husband, who was deployed to and subsequently injured in Iraq.

Shortly after graduation, Autumn joined the Idaho Department of Commerce on the Business Attraction Team where she spent 5 years assisting companies pursuing a location in Idaho.

After her time spent on the East Coast doing marketing in New York City and Business Retention and Expansion in Tampa, FL, Autumn has returned to the Idaho Department of Commerce to continue her work stimulating job growth and strengthening communities in her home state.

Welcome home, Autumn!


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Director’s Blog: West Central Mountains Economic Summit

It was my honor to join Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and many other statewide and local leaders, like Albertsons CEO Bob Miller, this week at the West Central Mountains Economic Summit.

The Valley County Economic Development Council, in conjunction with area chambers, America’s Best Communities team, and the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy hosted their first annual summit in McCall at Shore Lodge.

The goal of the Summit was to identify specific strategies to prepare for Valley County’s future based on their current resources. It was exciting to see such an excellent turnout and mix of private and public partners interested in generating ideas and pursuing solutions to issues that affect community growth, like jobs, workforce, transportation, infrastructure and education.

It was a pleasure to present to the group on “Creative Commerce” – specifically the different ways Idaho Commerce is influencing businesses, communities, and the statewide economy in new and creative ways. Ways including the state’s Tax Reimbursement Incentive, which has delivered a 4:1 ROI to date since its inception in July 2014; export services for Idaho businesses through the STEP program; and community training and infrastructure grants. Our team is proud of the innovative ways we’re working with businesses and communities across the state to ensure Idaho remains a great place to live and do business.

But my favorite moment of the day was hearing Bob Miller’s inspiring story of Alberton’s resiliency and rejuvenation in Idaho. As a pillar of our economy and one of the state’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories, we are so thrilled Albertson’s calls Idaho home. Bob’s story with the company, first beginning in 1961 as a bottle sorter and now as company CEO, is a reminder to us all how far values like hard work, dedication, and commitment can take you in business and in life. Albertson’s “second act” in Idaho is just beginning and we’re excited to help support their growth here in every way possible.

Moving forward, many of the ideas presented at the summit are attainable for the Valley County community and can lead to an improved economy with the proper partnerships in place. There was strong interest throughout the community for improvement in technology infrastructure and for rethinking current ordinances and zoning codes to better balance needs of business with the needs of community. It’s important to better understand the local perspective on these issues and Idaho Commerce is excited to be a partner that helps bring them to fruition.

It’s my hope the summit continues on an annual basis as a way for all to remain engaged, informed, and accountable on the issues and solutions identified.

Congratulations to the teams in Valley County for an outstanding summit!

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Director’s Blog: Eastern Idaho Adventures

Summer has arrived!

On one of my trips to Eastern Idaho recently, I had the opportunity to do more than just meet with local businesses, elected officials, and economic development partners. I was able to see the eastern part of our state in a whole new light and am so excited to share with you all the fun we had! If you are looking for a good family-friendly vacation that won’t break the bank, consider exploring a new part of our beautiful state and experiencing something exciting, education, and fun while you’re there.

View the full trip guide at


Happy travels, everyone!

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Director’s Blog: Welcome!

Greetings, readers!

I am thrilled to be in this new role at the Director of Idaho Commerce and part of that new role is sharing things that happen here at Commerce, during my travels around the state, or just cool news that I think is important to share. I hope you will follow along on the adventures and exciting happenings here at Commerce. We are in an exciting time here in the department and it will only get better from here.

Cheers to the journey, friends!


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Legal Considerations for International Business Seminar

U.S. Commercial Service and the Idaho District Export Council have teamed up to bring you a seminar presented by Holland and Hart, LLP focused on the crucial legal issues Idaho companies should consider when doing business abroad.

When: February 10, 2016
All Day –  9:00am to 2:30pm – $35.00
Morning Only – 9:00am to 1:00pm – $25.00
Afternoon Only – 12:00pm to 2:30pm – $20.00

Where: 17th Floor, Zions Bank Building, 8th and Main, Boise

Who: This seminar is tailored to company CEOs, legal personnel, sales executives, as well as operations executives and staff.

The morning session will focus on legal considerations such as international distribution, sales representative agreements, intellectual property protection, U.N. Conventions on Contracts for the Sale of Goods, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The afternoon session will focus on legal issues related to international joint ventures, including how to structure such ventures and the various provisions companies should include in their international joint venture agreements.

Networking opportunities and a boxed lunch will be included for attendees of all sessions.

Click here to register!

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“Turning ideas into businesses” – New Ventures Lab

New Ventures Lab is a hybrid co-working facility, an idea laboratory, and a community engagement and collaboration center.  They accelerate Meridian’s innovation-based economy by newventureslabconnecting ideas, people, and resources to create and grow new companies.


They focus on:

 1) Building an entrepreneurial culture that supports and nurtures new firm formation

2) Encouraging and facilitating investment in infrastructure that is needed to support entrepreneurial creation and growth

3) Promoting collaboration and engagement of all elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


New Ventures Lab believes that startups are temporary organizations designed to search for a profitable, repeatable, and scalable business model, rather than a smaller version of a large company.


The Lab is a mash-up of “open co-working space,” cubicles, offices, and meeting and event spaces designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs as they move from idea to startup to company.  Connections to General Assembly, Goggle, Microsoft, and other entrepreneurial organizations allow New Ventures Lab to provide access to a wide variety of outside experts and advisors. 


For more information visit 


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