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North Idaho College: At the center of regional workforce development

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For more than 25 years, North Idaho College has provided in-demand job training that helps Idahoans improve their quality of life and helps employers find qualified local employees.

  • By KAYE THORNBRUGH/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

No longer business as usual

CdAEDC involved in different aspects of workforce development
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Gilliam said three larger businesses decided last year to expand to Kootenai County, but those transitions take longer and are not done deals.

  • By BILL BULEY/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Target: NextGen

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Chamber seeks connections with future workforce

  • By BILL BULEY/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Economic development takes community-centered approach

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Economic development groups aren't what they used to be. And that, Pend Oreille Economic Partnership's Brent Baker said, is a good thing. Instead of offering discounts, tax breaks and other incentives to entice businesses, Baker said the new trend is to build from within.

  • By CAROLINE LOBSINGER/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Shoshone CNA program evolves to fit need

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CNA program in Silver Valley evolves after NIC outreach center closed in Shoshone County

  • By CAROLYN BOSTICK/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Preparing tomorrow's labor force

Idaho Workforce Development Council helps Idahoans find work, stay employed
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Nearly 1 million civilians are employed in Idaho, which has experienced historically low unemployment in recent months and years. The Idaho Department of Labor reported the unemployment rate to be 3.3% in December 2023, lower than the national average of 3.7% as of January 2024.

  • By DEVIN WEEKS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Workshops help set businesses on paths to success

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When Brent Baker first thought about holding economic development workshops, his vision was to help businesses in Bonner County be better versions of themselves. Baker, who has lived in the community since 1977, was semi-retired and offering business consultations on a part-time basis. With a career that also includes owning and operating his own construction company, stints in real estate, resort management, ranching, forestry, and investment.

  • By CAROLINE LOBSINGER/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

North Idaho job growth continues

Population surge stimulating economy
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Job growth is up across the state and the region, according to statistics from the Idaho Department of Labor.

  • By MATTHEW STEPHENS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Business comings and goings

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Business comings and goings

  • By NILS ROSDAHL/NIBJ Contributing Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Training helps IFG recruit, retain skilled employees

Programs offer clear pathways for advancement
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Idaho Forest Group's training programs are helping attract new employees and show potential career paths. Among them is IFG's registered apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain training and skills and companies can tap into a source of potential employees.

  • By CAROLINE LOBSINGER/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

A deeper dive into Idaho LAUNCH

Idaho LAUNCH provides training opportunities for Idaho residents, whether they are looking for courses to boost their resume or enter a new industry.

  • By EMILY BONSANT/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • February 27, 2024

Building a better workforce

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In this era of rapidly changing technology, population growth and ever-shifting demographics, continued development of a skilled, adaptable workforce is more important than ever here in North Idaho.

  • By MAUREEN DOLAN/NIBJ Editor
  • February 27, 2024

Forging business legacies

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In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements and ever-changing market dynamics, there's something remarkable about enterprises that withstand the test of time. These are the stalwarts that have woven themselves into the fabric of our communities and cultures, shaping the way we live and do business.

  • By MAUREEN DOLAN/NIBJ Editor
  • January 30, 2024

Three generations of care

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For 72 years and across three generations, Yates Funeral Homes have cared for Kootenai County families during their most painful times.

  • By KAYE THORNBRUGH/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 30, 2024

Valley Vista barn boasts vibrant business history

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Valley Vista Barn, a recognized landmark for some and a fresh countryside view for others, sparks curiosity for many who drive by. Now it serves as a gathering place for local craft fairs and a location for a small business.

  • By EVIE SEABERG/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 30, 2024

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