|NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release|
|Contact: Megan Hill
|Idaho Commerce Announces New Business Retention and Expansion Manager|
|BOISE, Idaho—Wednesday, April 25, 2018—Idaho Commerce Director Bobbi-Jo Meuleman has announced the hiring of Eric Forsch as Business Retention and Expansion Manager. Mr. Forsch will begin his new role at Idaho Commerce on April 30, 2018.
“Eric’s experience and passion for economic development make him the perfect fit for this position,” said Director Meuleman. “I look forward to Eric’s leadership in ensuring we are providing our Idaho businesses the best support possible.”
Mr. Forsch will oversee the department’s business retention and expansion team responsible for engaging Idaho businesses and providing information about available resources and programs. Mr. Forsch is rejoining Idaho Commerce where he previously served from 2011 to 2017 as a Senior Business Attraction Specialist playing an integral role in department initiatives like the SelectUSA trade show, the development of a statewide unmanned aircraft system (UAS) consortium and numerous business attraction projects.
“I am excited to return to Idaho Commerce and to help Idaho companies grow and create great jobs across our state,” said Forsch. “I’m honored to be able to focus my efforts on impacting the lives of Idaho citizens, business and communities alongside the fantastic team at Idaho Commerce and partners across the state.”
Eric Forsch, Idaho Commerce’s new Business Retention and Expansion Manager, is rejoining the department after first joining Idaho Commerce in 2011 as a Business Attraction Specialist. Prior to rejoining Idaho Commerce, he served as the Market Principal for Manpower in Boise. Mr. Forsch has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Western Idaho, and three years in the banking industry. Mr. Forsch received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Boise State University and an Master of Arts in History from University of Colorado. In his spare time, he enjoys brewing beer, woodworking, and spending time with his wife, Hailey, and their three dogs.