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Science and technology sectors remain key economic drivers in Idaho. The ongoing growth of the semiconductor industry in the U.S. is a big win for many states in the West, including Idaho. Micron, which is head-quartered in Boise, recently started construction on a$15 billion expansion of a semiconductor plant that will create 2,000 more jobs. To further expand tech talent, the state will funnel additional investments to expandK-12 STEM education and deepen its partnership with universities. Boise State University professors are also working on a set of semiconductor courses for middle and high schoolers who want to get into the industry.

“Idahoans like being first in economic momentum, revenue growth, job growth, responsible government, and cutting red tape. Idahoans like being a top 10 state for economic outlook and strong fiscal policy. Idahoans like a flourishing economy, historic tax relief and record education investments."
Brad Little


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Tax Reimbursement Incentive: Offers a tax refund of up to 30% of its income for up to 15 years for creating at least 20 jobs in rural areas and 50 in urban areas.

Idaho Business Advantage: Offers enhanced incentives for businesses that invest at least $500,000 in new plant facilities that create at least 10 jobs paying $40,000annually.

Workforce Development Training Funds: Offers reimbursement for the training of new positions being created or retained.

Information Technology Equipment Exemption: Offers a sales tax exemption on server equipment and construction materials used in the construction of a new data facility.


Economic Development Districts of Idaho

Southern Idaho Economic Development

Boise Valley Economic Partnership

Nampa Economic Development


Formed in 2020, the Idaho Commerce Office of Broad-band’s mission is to improve broadband access across the state. In its first year, the office awarded more than $38 million to fund 80 projects across Idaho, improving broadband infrastructure and service for Idaho house-holds, businesses, libraries, healthcare clinics, hospital facilities, public safety organizations and local governments in 147 communities across the state.


  • Micron Technology announced in September 2022 it will build a $15 billion manufacturing facility and create more than 2,000 jobs in Boise.
  • Materna North America—GoGo squeeZ broke ground in November 2022 on an expansion in Nampa.
  • Black Market Gelato broke ground in January 2023 on a $4 million production facility in Boise.
  • LDK Ventures completed construction in April 2023 on a distribution center in Nampa.
  • Meta Platforms announced in May 2023 it will build an $800 million data center in Kuna.


4 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state:

  • Albertsons
  • Boise Cascade
  • Lamb Weston Holdings
  • Micron Technology

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.