Welcome to the Business Plus Newsletter!

May 2023

2023 Second Quarter Meeting

Exploring Fundamentals of Economic Development: Transportation

Business Plus held its Second Quarter Meeting with Jesse Barrus and Scott Malone from the Idaho Transportation Department speaking about area projects and future planning, including studies on where to locate a third Snake River canyon crossing. Mandi Thompson, Assistant to the Twin Falls City Manager, spoke about the city's new microtransit public transportation that begina service this July.

Read Times-News May 19, 2023 article Seeking safe roads and safe drivers: Transportation in southern Idaho tries to catch up with growth.

Speaker Slides

Jesse Barrus and Scott Malone, Idaho Transportation Department

Mandi Thompson, City of Twin Falls

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Check Presentation - Thank you Stratus Marketing!

L-R: Lisa Paulos, Rebecca Wildman, Jay Longwell

2023 Operation Facelift is looking for Sponsors

Operation Facelift is a regional community-wide project created to revitalize downtown areas and small businesses throughout rural Southern Idaho. From a new park bench to a beautiful mural, Operation Facelift encourages rural communities to cultivate creativity, beautify and build community pride.

Team Southern Idaho Attends Select USA

The 2023 SelectUSA Summit broke records as the largest Investment Summit in SelectUSA history!

  • 4,900+ attendees
  • Representation from 55 US states and territories
  • 83 international markets represented
  • 2,300+ foreign investors
  • 16 US State and territory Governors
  • Governors from all five US Territories attended in person for the first time ever
  • 6 Cabinet members (Commerce, State, Energy, Education, Transportation, and USTR)
  • Top White House Senior Advisors and Administration officials
  • 230+ speakers
  • Over 600+ economic development organization representatives
  • 21 US Ambassadors and Chiefs of Mission-led foreign delegations

"Team Southern Idaho really shined at this event. Several new companies are showing interest in our region and some are already asking to schedule a site visit."

Jan Rogers,

SIEDO Executive Director

Southern Idaho's Economic Development Websites

We invite you to take a look at the new SIEDO and Mini-Cassia websites along with those for Twin Falls Economic Development and Jerome 20/20. These four sites showcase the many opportunities available in our thriving Southern Idaho region!

Region IV Development Housing Symposium

June 29, 2023 10:00 a.m.

Idaho Department of Labor's 2023 Idaho Economic Outlook and

South Central Idah Labor Market Briefing

CSI Workforce Hiring Events, and Idaho Department of Labor Calendar

Thank you New and Renewing Investors!

Campaign Investors


First Federal*

Blue Cross of Idaho

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union*

Idaho Power*

Intermountain Gas Company*



Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+



Clif Bar

Cooper Norman, CPAs*

Dairy West

Idaho Dairymen's Association

St. Luke's*

Woodbury Corporation - Magic Valley Mall, 

  Target, Best Buy & Dick's Shopping Centers



American Real Estate and Appraisal*

Atlas Technical Consultants

Crossroads Point

Dot Foods

EHM Engineers, Inc.*

Farmers Bank*

Idaho Milk Products

Les Schwab Tire Center NEW!

Mr. Gas*

NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly

Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis / Canyon

  Crest Event Center / Redhawk*

PBC Petersen Brothers Construction

PCA Packaging Corporation of America*

Select Health NEW!

Starr Corporation*


United Electric Co-op, Inc.*

Watkins Distributing*

WillTran, Inc.



Balanced Rock Insurance


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Idaho 

  Homes & Properties*

Best Western Burley Inn

Cassia Regional Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare*

Collins Connection - Kent & Cindy Collins 

  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*

Con Paulos Chevrolet*

Desert Creative Group

Float Magic

Flying S Title & Escrow*

Goode Motor / Lease End*

Ireland Bank

K&T Steel Corp*

Lytle Signs*

MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air

McKinlay Klundt Appraisal Co.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital

North Canyon Medical Center

Nu-Vu Glass

Safari Hospitality - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn

   Express & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites

Snake River Pool & Spa*

Titlefact, Inc.*

TOK Commercial

True West Beef

TruLeap Technologies (formerly SimplicIT)

Ward Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


Columbia Bank

Family Health Services

Gem State Welders Supply*

Moss Greenhouses

New Energy One, LLC

New Leaf Properties*

Oregon Trail RV Park*


Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*

Strategic Financial Group

Stratus Marketing


Window Welder



Leonard Anderson

Rep. Maxine Bell (retired)

Doug Brown

Cindy Collins

Rep. Lance Clow

Jeff Harris

Rep. Linda Hartgen, and in memory of

   Stephen Hartgen

Jeff Harris

Alan Horner

Rex Lytle

Dave McAlindin

Mike McBride

Gregg Middlekauff

Gary Nelson

Dan Olmstead

Mayor Ruth Pierce

Cally Grindstaff Roach NEW!

Jan Rogers

Doug Vollmer

Lee Wagner

Deb Wilson

John Wright



Atlas Technical Services


Best Western Burley Inn

Columbia Bank

Con Paulos Chevrolet

Idaho Central Credit Union

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)


Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Mr. Gas

Nu-Vu Glass

Oregon Trail RV

Packaging Specialties of Idaho

PCA Packaging Corporation of America

PerforMix Nutrition Systems


Starr Corporation

Stratus Communications

TOK Commercial

Watkins Distributing


Willamette Dental Group

WillTran, Inc.


*Indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

+includes additional promotional investment

Our Mission:

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Our Vision:

Strong Partnerships Supporting a Vibrant Regional Economy

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