Companies Receive Idaho Training Grants, But Make No Long-Term Promises

Jun 25, 2012

Last month, Transform Solar announced that it was closing and laying off about 250 people at its facility in Nampa. As StateImpact reported, the manufacturer of high-tech solar cells, had received $1.68 million in workforce training grants from the state of Idaho — money that the company will not have to pay back.

It’s not the first time that’s happened. Eleven companies that have received more than $5.3 million in training grants from the Idaho Department of Labor since 1996 no longer exist in the state.  That’s according to data from the department and StateImpact’s analysis.

The 11 companies are a combination of out-of-state businesses that no longer operate here and local companies that shut down a piece of their businesses.  Click here to continue reading...