Author Archives: Cody Allred

Idaho Wins a Golden Shovel Award

No matter where you start, we’re here to help. For the first time, the state of Idaho was awarded the 2023 Golden Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine, and Micron Technology’s recent expansion in Boise was named one of the 2022 Manufacturing Projects of the Year. Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting

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Success Story: GoGo SqueeZ

GoGo SqueeZ has a long history in Idaho, establishing its second domestic plant in Nampa more than eight years ago. The company, which is the flagship brand of Materne North America, produces squeezable fruit-based snacks. It has grown to operate 10 production lines and recently announced a new building expansion. The building will be more

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Success Story: Hempitecture

Since receiving not one, but two IGEM grants, the University of Idaho (UI) and industry partner Hempitecture have hit many milestones over the last year. Hempitecture manufactures plant-based building materials utilizing the husk of hemp stalks to produce building products such as HempWool. Since receiving the initial $206,624 grant award, the focus of the university’s

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Success Story: Presto Geosystems

Utilizing geosynthetic materials as a pavement base is the goal of IGEM awardee Boise State University (BSU) and industry partner Presto Geosystems. Presto Geosystems manufactures geosynthetic products such as Geocells, a soil stabilization system that is the product at the forefront of this research project. BSU is partnering with Presto Geosystems to develop new methods

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Success Story: Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association

Since the inception of the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program, the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association has been a grant recipient. The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) is a non-profit business trade association representing a majority of the state’s full-time licensed outfitters and guides. The organization’s members include more than 100 outfitters

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Success Story: City of Malad

Residents in the City of Malad had a new way to stay cool this summer thanks to the construction of a new splash pad. The City of Malad received $225,000 as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) — in addition to a $95,958 match from the city and $10,000 in private in-kind

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Success Story: Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston Hero Image

Since 1961, Lamb Weston has been a staple in Idaho. As the leading producer of frozen French fries, Lamb Weston has grown considerably over the years but has continued its presence in Southeast Idaho. Lamb Weston employs more than 500 employees in American Falls and more than 8,000 globally. The company sells its products in

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Idaho Companies Make Connections and Sales at Avalon

Hero image from Avalon trade show

Earlier this month, Idaho Commerce participated in the Avalon trade show in Geelong, Australia. The show took place February 28 – March 5, 2023 and is Australia’s largest international aviation and aerospace event. This year’s event attracted over 48,000 attendees from over 30 countries and nearly 800 companies participated along with 234 official delegations, making

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Meet with Experts to Discuss Markets in SE Asia, China and Mexico

Hero image Trade Manager Visit

The Idaho Trade Offices in Taiwan and South East Asia, China and Mexico will be holding meetings with Idaho business owners.  Meetings will provide market information and research for each region, importing and sourcing information, and much more. Meetings with Taiwan and South East Asia Trade Office Manager Eddie Yen will take place April 3

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Success Story: Idaho Strategic Resources

Hero image for ISR

Mining has historically been a top industry in Idaho. With one of the best mineral endowments in the country for rare earth elements, it is no wonder that publicly traded and community-minded Idaho Strategic Resources has called Idaho home for decades. The company is led by John Swallow, who joined the company eight years ago

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