Monthly Archives: February 2019
February 25, 2019 Contact: John Regetz, President & CEO
Pocatello-Chubbuck, ID 208-530-1400, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pine Ridge Mall and Farmer Companies continued their support of Bannock Development Corporation and the community’s prosperity with a $3,000 investment today. The support will help fund job attraction, talent development and local employer support efforts in Bannock County and the region. At a ceremony today in the Pine Ridge Mall community leaders took stock of the benefits from both organizations.
Drake Taylor, presented a check to Bannock Development to support their efforts, including expansion of current employers and recruitment of new ones. “The Pine Ridge Mall is happy to support Bannock Development’s mission to bring good jobs to our community and grow existing companies. We want to see the community grow, along with the Pine Ridge Mall and Bannock Development’s efforts help that happen”, said Taylor.
Brandon Lance, Chairman of Bannock Development Corporation, expressed appreciation and support for the Pine Ridge Mall. “We at Bannock Development Corporation are grateful for the Pine Ridge Mall’s investment and we will use it to get more jobs in town and therefore more people in the Mall. Our missions are much the same,” said Lance.
Pine Ridge Mall and its parent corporation, Farmer Companies, have supported the community, including Bannock Development Corporation, since Farmer Companies purchased the Mall. New innovative tenants in the mall include Planet Fitness and GEM Prep School. The Xtreme Idaho Outdoor Expo will be at the mall on April 5&6.
Recent projects involving the Bannock Development Corporation include the FBI expansion, housing supply research and promotion, Cold Storage development, and economic dashboard development.
The Your Future in Technology (YourFIT) Program will once again display High-Tech, High-Wage and High-Demand career paths at local high schools this spring!
Nine Career & Technology Expos will promote nine technical career paths and training to middle & high school students, their parents and the public. These career paths qualify as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Careers.
The Technology Career Expos start on Feb. 28 at Aberdeen High School. All Expos begin at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments and a survey to assess current career knowledge. This is followed by tour of company career demonstration booths and COT training booths. An acquired knowledge survey is then administered follow by door prize drawings.×
The YourFIT Program was started 3 years ago when premier regional employers, such as the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), indicated that good technical positions were becoming difficult to fill. Surveys of high school students throughout Southeast Idaho indicated that 96 percent of them had little or no knowledge of, or interest in, the high wage and high demand technical careers available in the region.
The first two years of YourFIT improved knowledge and interest in technology careers and more needs to be done with new high school and middle students. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Idaho STEM Center, Bayer, Williams Inc, Simplot and other regional companies fund the coalition’s project, YourFIT.
This support enables development and execution of Technology Career Expo events at high schools in the region, allowing students, teachers, and parents to see hands-on demonstrations of these careers in practice.
In 2018, the RightFIT Program was deployed using the Department of Labor’s Growing Together Program to educate high school career counselors and educators about technical careers and tour actual industries.
Kandi Rudd, regional manager of workforce development for the Idaho Department of Labor in Pocatello, says that not only are the jobs and education available locally, but most require only two years of study and compare favorably with careers requiring four or more years of university study.
“Our statistics show that the median wage for someone entering the workforce with only a high school diploma is $29,700, while the median wage for someone with a four-year college degree is $44,500,” she said. “However, the median salaries for the nine selected career paths range from $34,500 to $80,600 with only two years of college study.”
Rudd said that each of the eight career paths offer opportunities for career-long growth, with employers paying for the costs of increased training in most cases.
“Training opportunities for these high-tech, high-wage, high-demand jobs are currently available at ISU’s College of Technology” says R. Scott Rasmussen, Dean of the College of Technology.
The nine high-tech, high-wage, high-demand career paths include:
Welding Information Technology GIS/CIS/Cyber-security.
Instrumentation/Controls Maintenance engineers/mechanics.
Nuclear Operating technology Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones).
Outdoor Electrical Machining (CNC).
Pictured: Co-owner Rory Erchul on Thursday sands a piece of wood that will be used in the new Union Taproom, which will open in early March in the Yellowstone Hotel building on West Bonneville Street in Pocatello. It’s one of five new businesses that will open in Old Town by this spring.
By John O’Connell email@example.com
POCATELLO — Five new businesses are poised to open by this spring in Old Town Pocatello, including a restaurant and taproom and a shop where customers will make their own all-natural personal and household products.
Union Taproom will be located inside the former Yellowstone Hotel at 230 W. Bonneville St. The project is planned by the group of owners who previously opened the high-end Yellowstone restaurant and The 313 Whiskey Bar in the same historic building.
Salt and Honey, which is scheduled to open Feb. 1 inside the Kress Building, 150 S. Main St., Suite A, will sell handmade sustainable, personal and household products made from natural ingredients.×
Photographer Sara Turpin will open the Photo Boutique in the former location of Bill Burke’s House of Photography, 159 S. Main St.
Stephanie Palagi, executive director of Old Town Pocatello, Inc., said announcements will be forthcoming about two additional businesses that plan to open in Old Town by March.
Jennifer Erchul, who is one of the owners planning Union Taproom, said the restaurant will include 26 taps, featuring craft beer from regional breweries. Erchul said the taproom will also offer “food that complements beer,” such as slider hamburgers, wings, pretzel twists with dipping sauces, personal flatbread pizzas and spiced nuts. She said the new business should be open by the first week of March.
“Everything will be made in-house,” Erchul said, adding live music and trivia will be hosted regularly at the restaurant. “The taproom is going to be our extremely casual, more playful side of things.”
Erchul said The Yellowstone restaurant also started opening for lunch recently, with a special lunch menu.
“The experience in Old Town is getting elevated, and to be a part of it is exciting,” Erchul said.
Keri Kimbrough hopes her business, Salt and Honey, will raise public awareness about how disposable products and synthetic ingredients and toxins are harming both the ecosystem and human health.
“There are major issues going on with our planet, and at some point we have to figure out how to live with less waste,” said Kimbrough, who is a certified wellness coach.
Her business will offer a line of reusable products, including reusable cloth trash bags with washable liners, reusable straws, reusable towels and reusable drier balls containing essential oils to replace drier sheets. Her aunt, Barbara Mills, who is also an investor in the business, will supply many of the handmade, reusable products.
Kimbrough will sell natural products such as handmade soaps, lotions and detergents. A unique aspect of her business is that she plans to invite groups of people to develop their own custom recipes and to make their own products in her shop, with her guidance.
Kimbrough worked in the insurance industry for 12 years, before she left Michigan about a year and a half ago to return to her childhood home, Pocatello. She and her brother, Sean Kimbrough, bought the local locksmith shop LDA Security together.
Kimbrough also plans to offer classes in proper composting.
“This is what I really wake up every day and care about,” she said.
Turpin has already opened her photography studio, though her renovations are continuing, and she recently received a permit to replace the door of her business with one bearing her logo. She has a background in graphic design and took photography classes while living in Las Vegas. At the Photo Boutique, she’ll specialize in photographing newborns, children, families and seniors.
Turpin plans to lease part of her space to a retail tenant and is still seeking a potential renter. For more information on her business, visit thephotoboutique.studio.
Palagi said Old Town typically experiences a rash of new business openings during both the spring and fall. Palagi said the forthcoming openings will build on the success of 2018, when a strong economy contributed to a dozen new businesses starting in Old Town. Those businesses are still open and have reported strong sales, she said.
“For the most part, we had a great holiday season,” Palagi said.
She believes the new arrivals will add to the eclectic mix of businesses in Old Town. She’s particularly pleased by the resurgence of the Yellowstone Hotel as as a staple of Old Town.
“It’s absolutely one of the best things to happen in Old Town in the past several years,” Palagi said.