Bannock Development Corporation’s President & CEO, John Regetz attended the Site Selector’s Guild Annual Conference March 26 through 27 in Salt Lake City. He participated in conjunction with REDI and Idaho Commerce to inform leading site selection firms about business opportunities in Bannock County and Eastern Idaho.
The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe for every industry, sector, and function. They also organize and participate in educational activities to champion the profession and ensure communities address the informational needs and priorities of companies looking for ideal facility locations.
“This conference was an excellent opportunity to acquainted with the nation’s leading professionals that lead the nation’s premier site locations,” said Regetz. “We can describe our communities’ prime locations for attracting jobs to our community.”
Each year, the Guild holds its marquee Annual Conference event with all 51 global Guild members in attendance. The Conference provides knowledge sharing, interactive exchange of ideas, and networking between the Guild members and economic developers. Conference content includes expert outside speakers, discussion panels and breakout sessions with conference attendees for the purpose of sharing insights and fostering discussion. The Guild’s Annual Conference provides multiple opportunities for networking between attendees and among Guild members and attendees.
Amazon’s Director of World Wide Economic Development, Holly Sullivan, discusses HQ2 with Virginia ED CEO, Stephen Moret and Guild member, Mark Williams
Bannock Development Corporation’s President & CEO, John Regetz attended the SelectUSA Annual Investment Summit June 10, through 12, in Washington, DC. He participated in conjunction with REDI and Idaho Commerce to meet with foreign companies regarding their planned expansions and promote the business resources in Bannock County and Eastern Idaho.
The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. This signature event provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the nation, and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States. Featuring senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders, each summit focuses on a timely theme related to the U.S. investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities.
More than 3,100 attended the Summit, including 1,200 global business, representatives from a record 79 international markets and over 700 economic development professionals and service providers from 49 states and territories. “The conference center was overflowing with economic development agents and companies wanting to come to the US at SelectUSA, said Regetz. Bannock Development is pursuing several high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies to locate in Bannock County, Eastern Idaho or the state in general”.
Four Cabinet secretaries addressed the Investment Summit: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Ivanka Trump and Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that more than 65 global companies had committed to creating over 930,000 apprenticeship and training opportunities for U.S. workers as part of the White House’s Pledge to American Workers. Taiwan-based dairy product manufacturer Jetton Biochemistry Co., Ltd. chose Nampa, Idaho as the location of its next plant, a $2 million project that will create 25 jobs.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealy announce Jetton Biochemistry Co., Ltd. Location.
Bank of Idaho recently presented a check to Bannock Development Corp.
“We are excited to have Bank of Idaho as an investor in the Development Corporation”, said Jason Williams, CFO of Idaho Farm Bureau and BDC board member. “Bank of Idaho is a great asset to our community and state.”
-John Regetz, President & CEO, Bannock Development Corporation
Bannock Development Corporation’s President & CEO, John Regetz attended the Waste Management Symposia from March 3rd to March 5th to support the INL’s nuclear power mission, SMR development, and recruit industry suppliers.
The annual Waste Management Symposia (WMS) international conference for the management of radioactive waste and related topics provides the premier open forum for discussing and seeking safe and cost-effective solutions to the management and disposition of radioactive wastes and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. The conference presents research, seminars, demonstrations, and discussions on the technology and safe practices regarding management of radioactive materials.
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was the featured US site throughout the symposia in exhibits, panel discussions, videos, presentations, and posters. In a video message, U.S. Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, congratulated INL during the opening of the conference. INL Site contractors, as well as Dept. of Energy management and project engineers, participated in various events throughout the four-day conference.
East Idaho Companies such as Petersen Mfg., Flour, Premier Technologies, and Orano Federal Services (formerly AREVA) attended the conference and provide context and connections to potential prospects. “Our regional companies support us and have suppliers and customers at the Waste Management Conference. “Those connections give us a head start towards developing relationships with those companies”, said Regetz.
Bannock Development Corporation President & CEO, John Regetz, participated in the annual Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in January. Regetz met with executive level officers from recreation technology companies to identify those with expansion projects and recruit them to Bannock County and Idaho.
The SHOT Show is the largest annual trade show for outdoor industry professionals and the world’s premier exposition of combined hunting, shooting sports, firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, military, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services. The show featured over 1,600 exhibitors whom are a primary market for prospecting by Bannock Development Corporation.
Regetz also attended the Idaho Reception, organized by Idaho Commerce, of which Bannock Development Corporation was sponsor. The event provides an opportunity to showcase Idaho’s business advantages and a forum to engage prospects. Over 250 guests attended this year’s reception.
Regetz brought two active prospects to the reception for introduction to Governor Otter and the Idaho Commerce Team, which was well received by all parties. Regetz said “The SHOT Show offers Bannock Development an opportunity to support Idaho Commerce’s efforts and recruit recreation technology companies, whom offer advanced manufacturing jobs”.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is a $7.8 billion industry in Idaho and accounts for over 78,000 direct jobs. “Recreation technology companies are attracted to the outdoor resources and recreation culture in Idaho for developing and testing their products. They are a great fit for Bannock County’s excellent manufacturing resources and recreation opportunities including world class skiing, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing”, said Regetz.