Idaho's Commercial Innovation Division
Idaho is recognized for its vibrant technology-based economy that provides employment opportunities and high wage jobs for its citizens. Increased emphasis on the application and use of science and technology in Idaho will continue to spawn new companies and industries, while contributing to the global competitiveness of its traditional industries. Idaho has a strong history and culture of entrepreneurialism. Adventure seekers and entrepreneurs alike are drawn to our low business costs and high quality of life.
Idaho is home to one of the world’s largest and only U.S.- based memory chip firms, Micron Technology, Inc, and is the center of Hewlett-Packard Company's highly profitable Imaging and Printing Group, birthplace of HP’s laser-jet printer, and one of the firm’s largest worldwide facilities.
That’s not all...
Idaho has a world-class leadership position in the implementation of technology within its traditional industries—Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Food Products Manufacturing, Real Estate, Tourism, and Recreation.
Additionally, Idaho has a specialized focus in these technology platforms: Agricultural/Biological Sciences, Power & Energy, Software Technology, Communications Technology, Digital Imaging & Sensor Technology, and New Materials & Nanotechnology.
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Idaho Ranks #2 in Patents Per Capita
- #1 in Manufacturing Investment
- #3 in Energy Costs
- #5 in Long-Term Employment Growth
- #5 in Net Migration of Residents
- #5 in Renewable Energy Potential
- #6 in “Entrepreneurial Energy” (2007 CFED)
- #6 in New Company Creation
- #8 in Resident HomeOwnership
- #10 in Households With Computers