Economy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-co-op-open-second-store <p>The Boise Co-op announced Monday that it would open a second store in the Village at Meridian.</p><p>Co-op marketing director Shannon McGuire says two surveys solidified managers goals of opening a second store.</p><p>“We asked our shoppers ‘what should we do, where should we go if we considered expansion?’” McGuire says. “And out of that came ‘yes, please do expand and go West.’”</p><p>McGuire says survey respondents picked Meridian as their top choice for a second store. The second-most requested store location was Nampa, and McGuire says that could someday become a reality.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:11 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49618 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-business-owners-say-idaho-liquor-laws-hurt-economic-growth <p>Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tSYxJp">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that Idaho's liquor regulation has resulted in a scarcity of liquor licenses, which in turn has caused business owners to resell licenses at exorbitant costs.</p><p>Licenses may be purchased from the state for $750 and in just two years, resold for more than $300,000.</p><p>According to Idaho law, each municipality is allotted one liquor license for every 1,500 residents.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:48 +0000 Associated Press 49617 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-vied-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140725tesla_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington Governor Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tried to woo electric </span>carmaker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</span><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 49459 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140724airlines.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:25:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49438 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-fungus-found-chobani-yogurt-more-dangerous-first-reported <p></p><p>A fungus found in Chobani yogurt produced at its Twin Falls facility last year that led to a voluntary recall was more virulent than first thought.</p><p>In August and September 2013 more than 200 people were made sick by the Greek yogurt after a strain of fungus called Mucor circinelloides was detected in the product.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:52:59 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48933 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/6-unique-things-youll-find-boise-international-market <p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/boiseinternationalmarket" target="_blank">Boise International Market</a> is set to open its doors sometime in August. It will start out with 17 micro-businesses selling products from around the world. Developers hope to add more vendors soon after it opens.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:25:01 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47865 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-madison-county-idaho-became-youngest-place-america <p></p><p>New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country. Madison County, Idaho.</p><p>To give you a comparison, the <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-118.html" target="_blank">median age of the United States is almost 38</a>. The median age of Madison County is 23-years-old. That’s the lowest in the country. And there’s one big reason.</p><p>Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47780 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-revamps-often-criticized-worker-training-program <p></p><p>Acknowledging Idaho's economic development "sins of the past" Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter unveiled a revamped business incentive program that was once touted as a job creator, but Otter now wants it viewed as a way to train workers for high-skill jobs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:09:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47673 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-wheat-harvest-could-be-down-summer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062014CL_wheat_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.<p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:27:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 47467 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-jobless-rate-hits-6-year-low <p>Idaho’s jobless rate has dipped below 5 percent for the first time in almost six years.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://labor.idaho.gov/news/NewsReleases/tabid/1953/ctl/PressRelease/mid/3872/itemid/2714/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Idaho Labor Department reports </a>May’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.9 percent, that's as total employment grew by 1,000 jobs from April to May.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:57:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47432 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/deltas-new-seattle-hub-could-lead-lower-airfares <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614TB_DeltaHub_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are <a href="http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=122465">long-term contractual allies</a>. But now the relationship is being tested.<p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47227 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares Boise Mayor: New Jobs Coming To Airport, Pitches New Fire Bond http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-mayor-new-jobs-coming-airport-pitches-new-fire-bond <p></p><p>Boise Mayor David Bieter announced Friday that SkyWest Airlines is opening a maintenance facility at the Boise Airport.</p><p>During his annual State of the City speech, Bieter said the facility will use an existing hangar at the Jackson Jet Center. “While we’re not sure yet the total number of jobs, we do know they will be able to service three large planes every night,” Bieter says. “And the wages they will pay will serve a family well.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:38:25 +0000 Samantha Wright 47035 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Mayor: New Jobs Coming To Airport, Pitches New Fire Bond Data: See The Change In Ada County Property Values http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/data-see-change-ada-county-property-values <p>Property values in Idaho's most-populated county went up between 2013 and 2014 in a big way. This is the second year in a row Ada County's property values increased. Of course those increases are on the heels of four-straight years of decline after the <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-housing-bubble-tanked-the-economy-and-the-tech-bubble-didnt/" target="_blank">housing bubble burst</a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:51:58 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46452 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Data: See The Change In Ada County Property Values As Ada County Home Values Go Up, Assessor Doesn’t See A Bubble Looming...Yet http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-home-values-go-assessor-doesn-t-see-bubble-loomingyet <p>If you own a home in Ada County, you may have received a letter in the mail last week from the county assessor’s office. And that letter probably said your property value had gone up, maybe even substantially.</p><p>That's good news for those wanting to sell their house or those who’ve been underwater on their mortgage. But the increases could mean higher taxes, and it could actually be bad news for the economy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:04:39 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46372 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Ada County Home Values Go Up, Assessor Doesn’t See A Bubble Looming...Yet $4.2 Million Available For Displaced Idaho Workers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/42-million-available-displaced-idaho-workers <p>The federal government is providing $4.2 million of federal assistance to workers recently laid off at the J.R. Simplot Company and an Idaho Falls call center.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that $2.6 million will be available for the 435 workers who were laid off from August 2013 to April of this year at J.R. Simplot facilities.</p><p>Another $1.6 million will be allocated to the nearly 200 workers who were affected by a March 31 closure at Center Partners call center in Idaho Falls.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:07:40 +0000 Associated Press 46247 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ketchum Bookstore Asks Community To Save It From Bankruptcy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ketchum-bookstore-asks-community-save-it-bankruptcy <p>Ketchum’s Iconoclast Books has been a fixture in the community for 20 years. But next month, the store will permanently close its doors unless owner Sarah Hedrick can raise $85,000 to pay off debts.</p><p>Hedrick and her late husband Gary Hunt were partners in <a href="http://www.iconoclastbooks.com/" target="_blank">their bookstore</a>. They each had different jobs. Hedrick says she had all the fun ones.</p><p>“Buying and merchandising and finding new lines, that kind of stuff,” Hedrick says. “And he was definitely the person in the office.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:53:41 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46096 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ketchum Bookstore Asks Community To Save It From Bankruptcy Washington's Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued-Up This Season http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washingtons-third-largest-cherry-crop-queued-season <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/051214AK_Cherry_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever -- 20 million boxes.<p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Anna King 45139 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington's Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued-Up This Season Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/large-cruise-ships-call-small-northwest-ports-fill-out-itineraries <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050914TB_CruiseSeason_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.<p> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:17:00 +0000 Tom Banse 44994 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farms-northwest-fewer-numbers-bigger-and-more-valuable <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050714JR_FarmCensus_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>According to newly-released data from the <a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/">USDA's agricultural census</a>, the number of farms in the Northwest is dropping.<p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:49:25 +0000 Jessica Robinson 44881 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable Idaho Governor Otter Unveils New Economic Development Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-otter-unveils-new-economic-development-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is launching an initiative he says will boost economic development using planning collaboration but not much spending.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Associated Press 44594 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Otter Unveils New Economic Development Plan