Category Archives: Commerce

CDBG Spotlight: Nezperce and Grangeville

Nezperce City of Nezperce – Finished construction of a new 9,475 square foot, five bay, regional emergency services facility. This project is a collaborative effort between the City of Nezperce Fire Department, Nezperce Rural Fire District, and Nezperce Ambulance Inc. The facility will house all equipment, supplies, office space for records, training space, kitchen, restrooms/showers, and […]

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Community Spotlight: Jerome

MAGIC VALLEY QUALITY MILK PROCUCERS (MVQMP) (1756 S. Buchanan St, Jerome) began construction of its $20 million expansion project this spring, and is expected to create 12-15 new jobs.  Designed by Power Engineers and Dairy Industry Consultants with Petersen Bros. as their contractors, the target completion date is Spring 2019. MVQMP was founded more than […]

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Welcome! Jason Barnes

We have another new face at Commerce! Jason Barnes, Business Attraction Specialist Another transplant to Idaho, Mr. Barnes left Ventura County California to join the Gem State in July 2017. He has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran […]

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Company Spotlight: Tedder Industries

A devotion to public safety has led to robust economic development in Post Falls, Idaho, creating hundreds of local jobs that are in service to an industry built on Constitutional rights. Tedder Industries is a rapidly growing manufacturer that creates firearm accessories for its national and international brands Alien Gear Holsters, Bigfoot Gun Belts and […]

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Company Spotlight: Verified First

In a tightening labor market, it’s important for companies to quickly vet top candidates and onboard them seamlessly into their workforce. Background and drug screenings are a critical part of the hiring process, but there are inefficiencies that cost companies time, productivity, and sometimes top talent. Two serial entrepreneurs, Devon Dickinson and Tommy Cheng, felt […]

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2017 Trade Mission Participant Spotlight: Driscoll TopHay

Led by Idaho Commerce and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, 21 organizations representing Idaho’s diverse industries including agriculture, food processing, technology and defense are participating in a trade mission to Taiwan and Vietnam from November 10 – 18, 2017. Trade missions provide Idaho companies with an unparalleled opportunity to pursue potential business partnerships, make […]

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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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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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