At the State of the City address I showed a picture of Economic Development Director Beth Ineck smiling and said: “I want Beth smiling like that all the time as she shares her successes.” Beth and her team worked incredibly hard this past year when they hosted 12 site visits for 7 different companies in 2013. These meetings were in addition to those with many local area developers who also brought new businesses to Nampa. Read the full speech here.
And that hard work has paid off. Since August, Beth has worked with a company called Materne North America – the makers of GoGosqueeZ. The company’s goal is to make it easier for families to be healthier and happier with a squeezable, re-sealable 100 percent fruit in a pouch. Demand for portable fruit product has grown to the point that the Michigan-based company, originally founded in France, needs a manufacturing plant in the West.
Materne North America will be housed at a site formerly owned by Micron Technology, Inc., 906 East Karcher Road, which has been vacant since 2007. Production could start as early as this fall. And once up and going at full capacity, the Nampa plant is expected to produce 60 percent of the product sold in the U.S.
That’s good news for Nampa because it means a minimum of 230 jobs at an average hourly wage of $16.
Beth, who has been with the city since May 2007, has been the director of Economic Development in Nampa for less than a year. Her focus is on bringing good jobs to the area via strong industrial and commercial development.
Materne North America/ GoGosqueeZ is such a company.
This is even better news for the Treasure Valley. And it’s an excellent example of local and state governments working together to boost Idaho’s economy. I’m very proud of Beth Ineck who played the key role in Nampa to make this happen.
I hope you saw the front page of the Idaho Press-Tribune announcing the good news. I had just confessed during Thursday’s special City Council meeting that my grandchildren love the squeezable applesauce and that they love to squirt it in my mouth … and sometimes they miss.
Then Councilwoman Pam White decided to try GoGosqueeZ it herself when the photographer snapped this fun front page photo.
Yes, it was all smiles when the City Council gave the go-ahead to sign the contract with the company.
Gov. Butch Otter wasn’t there, but he said this in a press release:
“On behalf of the State of Idaho, I’m proud to welcome Materne North America to the Treasure Valley,” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “Idaho is becoming a national leader in food processing, and we are thrilled to welcome a new employer with such a stellar reputation to our state. I’m proud and grateful to the people and leaders of the City of Nampa and Canyon County, to local economic development officials, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and to Director Jeff Sayer and his team at the Idaho Department of Commerce who helped make this great news possible.”
And the Canyon County Commissioners also played a key role in this effort by offering a five-year property tax exemption incentive program. Here’s what they had to say:
“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for Canyon County. Materne North America is a strong company with a growing reputation and we couldn’t be happier with their decision to invest in a new state-of-the-art facility that will bring hundreds of good jobs to the area. And when you couple it with Canyon County’s already strong agricultural economy, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
It is indeed a win-win for everyone. And we expect more good news announcements down the road. After all, we need to keep Beth smiling.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4d143b7e28d545e16b9018039&id=fc307afe34
Paulette Jordan, age 34, a long time Idahoan, born and raised in Northern Idaho, points to her experience to guide her in bringing balance to the State Legislature while advancing the interests of her district.
Jordan is a native and life-long resident of Idaho, as well as an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who has been involved in local politics and community activism for years. She has served three years as the youngest elected member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. Follow her on Facebook.
Ms. Jordan, who holds three degrees from the University of Washington, and a Certificate of Study in Conflict Resolutions and Strategic Negotiations from The Washington Center in Washington D.C., is a strong voice and advocate of issues that matter most to the local community.
Education, jobs and the economy are major priorities for Jordan, who aims to strengthen education and prioritize resources for Idaho schools. Her focus is to also promote economic opportunities that strike an important balance between industry and appropriate protections for local property owners and our unique quality of life.
Ms. Jordan maintains activity with both state and county interests. Currently, Jordan serves on a variety of committees, boards and councils such as the Idaho Heritage Trust Council as an At-Large Trustee and a Regional Board member to the Northwest Disability Action Center striving to improve the lives of veterans, seniors and youth with disabilities. She has also served as Precinct Chair and continues to serve as the State Committeewoman for Benewah County. Ms. Jordan has twice been elected to represent Idaho as the Idaho State At-Large Delegate for the Democratic National Convention, and has been a National Committeewoman for the Idaho Young Democrats.
In addition, Jordan is currently serving her third elected term as the Gaming Co-Chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians representing 56 regional tribes and a Northwest Representative Executive Board Member for the National Indian Gaming Association, which represents 186 Tribal Nations throughout the U.S. The Association serves to advance community developments and promote tribal self-sufficiency through economic growth, as well as broaden tribal economic impacts made throughout each state, creating jobs and expanding education opportunities for every community. Jordan was also appointed by the Executive Board to serve as the Finance Chair overseeing executive operations on behalf of the national organization.
Ms. Jordan continues to stay active with her public and private business developments as a steadfast business strategist. Jordan is a longtime advocate for human rights and is active in her local community. She is engaged with local organizations for veterans, youth and education. She enjoys mentoring and tutoring young people. She is also called upon frequently as a national speaker on economic development and youth leadership.
Paulette resides in the countryside of northern Idaho enjoying motherhood, playing sports, riding horseback and outings appreciating the great outdoors with family and friends.
Join Travis Manning and Idaho gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff this Monday, 4 to 5 pm in Caldwell.
All political parties are invited.
Feel free to bring questions for us. Free Mexican food!
For over 20 years, Travis Manning’s honesty and hard work have helped thousands of kids and made his communities, and Idaho, a better place.
Travis, 43, and wife Ann moved to Idaho 9 years ago because they thought it was the best place to raise a family. Travis and Ann have 3 children, the twin boys, Cael and Whitaker age 4, and their adopted daughter from China, Eliza, 3, adopted during his first run for the Idaho House in 2012. He is an Eagle Scout and former high school wrestling standout from Tacoma, Washington who has deep Idaho roots, and graduated from now BYU-Idaho in 1993.
As a teacher and community builder, Travis is active in his teacher organization serving on numerous committees. He has been a Scout leader for much of his adult life. And he has helped watchdog our democracy as Executive Director of The Common Sense Democracy Foundation of Idaho, enabling parents, teachers and community members to learn and speak out about our public schools and how we can better protect them. He has been a voice for those who were afraid to speak out.
Travis has worked to shape the character of Idaho’s greatest natural resource: our kids. He has been a public voice of reason with the op-eds he has written in newspapers statewide. He has worked with legislators from both parties to make sure the voices of Idaho citizens are heard at the statehouse.
Travis Manning applies the same basic values to everything he does: Act responsibly. Speak truth to power. Put other people first. Support fair treatment and respect for all Idahoans. As a principled leader, it is why he has been able to make such a difference in the lives of thousands of kids he has worked with over the years and it is why he will be able to make such a difference for Caldwell, and why he will be able to do even more as the next Representative in Caldwell’s District 10 seat A.
AJ writes: More than 30 years ago, my wife Susie and I moved to Idaho because we believed it was the best place in the country to raise our children. Over the years, our family has enjoyed Idaho’s natural beauty and its culture, and I’ve had the good fortune to build a successful business and serve on the boards of several organizations. We have proudly watched our family grow to eight children and 30 grandchildren.
But now I see how our state government has neglected our public schools for far too many years and the toll that has taken on our great state, and I worry about the future facing my grandchildren and all of Idaho’s children. And state economic policies are making it harder than ever for families to make ends meet.
That is why I’m running for governor.
While traveling around Idaho, I have heard from many Idahoans who are deeply worried about critical issues like our education system and economy. I’ve heard people talk about the urgent need for transparency, balance, and accountability in state government.
Unfortunately, Gov. Otter and other state leaders continue to focus on issues that polarize and divide people rather than bring us together. Many of these issues have no impact on most Idahoans. But they take time, energy, and resources away from the important issues: education and economy.
Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount we invest in each student. We rank 47th in the rate of high school graduates who go on to college. State cuts in education spending have forced 40 districts to hold school only four days a week.
Education and our economy go hand in hand. We are 50th in the nation in per-capita income, and second in minimum-wage jobs. Idahoans are commuting out of state or working two jobs to make ends meet. The lack of good-paying jobs is undermining ourwonderful quality of living.
This is unacceptable.
As a certified public accountant for many years, and a businessman, and as a member of the board of several organizations, including St. Luke’s Treasure Valley, the Boise Philharmonic, and Boy Scouts of America, I have always recommended actions and policies that are fiscally sound.
As governor, I will use those same values and priorities to set policies that make sense for Idaho—not just fiscally and economically, but also for the people of Idaho. I will focus on the concerns of hardworking Idahoans, and listen to the public and key stakeholders rather than signing laws that ignore important voices. I am running for governor to restore balance, transparency, and accountability to our statehouse.
My father had only an eighth-grade education, but he insisted that each of us kids get a good education. I was the first of my grandfather’s descendants to obtain a college degree. I want to ensure that every Idaho child has an equal opportunity for a quality education.
With your support and our shared vision, we will restore the greatness of the beautiful state of Idaho.
“Manual of Arms,” a short film by artist and Boise State professor Kate Walker, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at The Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. Admission is free. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.
“Manual of Arms” is a video project of a choreographed performance where sixteen women perform a series of moves that recall the visual language of a band auxiliary or military drill routine. Instead of an expected “prop,” group members hold assault weapon style guns. Ambiguous and fictional, this piece pushes on imagery and themes that are familiar yet uneasy.
The resulting clash of references creates discomfort for the viewer, who is not sure how to interpret the actions of the group. Questions are raised in the work about the nature of the rituals that surround North American sports culture (band auxiliary, honor guard, etc.) and the highly gendered roles that has developed in these; as well as the ubiquitous presence of guns in this culture.
Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio at Boise State University. Walker’s work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories and issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by traveling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.
Recent collaborative projects include All Flocked Up, a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra, Australia (2013) with ceramicist Caroline Earley. Hoop was a community based video project made in collaboration with the LGBT community in Nelson, New Zealand, that documented a mass hula hoop event. Walker’s work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout the United States.
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The Gallery at the Linen Building is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. For more information, contact David Hale at 208.385.0111 or email@example.com. Visitthelinenbuilding.com and interact with the Linen Building on Twitter and Facebook.
ABOUT THE GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING: The Gallery at the Linen Building is a second-floor, loft-style art gallery located inside the Linen Building Event Center. With natural light, warm sunsets and bird’s-eye views of Downtown Boise and the Linen District, The Gallery offers artists and art lovers a fresh, unique urban space in which to display and view art.
ABOUT THE LINEN BUILDING: Built in 1910 and originally known as the American Laundry Building, the Linen Building Event Center has been transformed into an architecturally unique special events center and art gallery. The two-story facility hosts art and fashion shows, music concerts and events, weddings and receptions, corporate meetings and functions, proms and many other events. The Linen Building offers clients catering, full bar, audio/video, lighting and many other customized services.
The 2014 combine will be a three-day evaluation resulting in the selection of approximately six drivers who will be named to the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.
The D4D includes multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America, each aiming to land a spot on the 2015 D4D team. The Twin Falls, Idaho, native will be one of 11 females in the program, as well as one of eight participants ages 17 and under.
This will be the third-consecutive year Newhouse has participated in the combine.
The 2014 D4D Combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 13-15.