|NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release|
|Contact: Megan Hill
|Idaho Commerce Announces New Business Development and Operations Administrator|
|BOISE, Idaho—Tuesday, March 6, 2018—Idaho Commerce Director Bobbi-Jo Meuleman has announced the promotion of Jake Reynolds to Business Development and Operations Administrator. Mr. Reynolds currently serves as the department’s Business Retention and Expansion Manager and will begin his new role on March 12th, 2018.
“Jake’s experience in economic development and leadership at the agency make him the perfect person for this important role,” said Director Meuleman. “I am excited for Jake to continue to find ways for Idaho Commerce to leverage partnerships and resources to assist Idaho businesses and help our communities prosper.”
In his new position, Mr. Reynolds will oversee department efforts across international trade, business attraction, community development, and business retention and expansion.
Additionally, Mr. Reynolds will oversee the execution of grant programs such as the Idaho State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), Community Development and Rural Community Development Block Grants, the Idaho Gem Grant, and the Rural Economic Development Professionals Program as well as incentive programs such as the Idaho Tax Reimbursement Incentive.
“Idaho communities and businesses are the backbone of our state. It is essential we foster an environment where existing Idaho companies can flourish, communities have access to economic development and infrastructure improvement assistance, and new companies find a welcoming business climate in all corners of our state,” said Reynolds. “When we take care of our businesses and communities, all Idahoans win.”
To learn more about the Idaho Department of Commerce, visit http://commerce.idaho.gov.
Jake Reynolds, Idaho Commerce’s new Business Development and Operations Administrator, joined Idaho Commerce in January 2013 as an International Trade Specialist and was promoted to Business Retention and Expansion Manager in October 2016. Prior to joining Idaho Commerce, Mr. Reynolds served as the sales manager for In the Ditch in Mountain Home, and also served as an agricultural manager of his family’s farm, Carl F. Reynolds and Sons. An Idaho native, Mr. Reynolds graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and resides in Boise with his wife and two young children.