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Idaho Office of Science & Technology July 2006

In this issue: # Idaho Innovation Awards Nomination Deadline Nears # Washington Group Partners with U.K. Oil & Gas Company # Micron Completes Lexar Media Purchase # Mountain States Lead in IT Hiring Plans #…

MotivePower Inc. rides rails to success. Boise company lands 2 more multimillion dollar contracts

MotivePower had to increase its workforce as it landed new contracts with several commuter agencies, freight companies and other locomotive manufacturers.

High-tech leaders want Idaho to do more. Member of governor’s council says state should invest at least $50 million to boost technology businesses

"I think we always shoot too low, and we’re always behind on the budget, " said council member Archie Clemins, president of Caribou Technologies in Boise, at a council meeting last week in Idaho Falls. "If we’re talking about technology, our combined package shouldn’t be less than $50 million."

Idaho Innovation Awards invite entries

The program, presented by the Idaho Office of Science and Technology and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, is designed to recognize innovations and the Idaho companies that created them. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.stoel.com/innovation and may be submitted online before July 14.

Idaho Bodybuilding.com CEO makes ‘coolest’ list in Inc. maganize

"People naturally want to meet others with their same passion," he said. "How cool is it that if I am in Idaho and I am having a problem building my arms, I can talk with somebody in Australia who had the same problem but found the way to overcome it?"

Idaho Gov. Risch reassures Kraft workers. Governor tells workers who are losing their jobs that he has some ‘economic tools’ to help

"Thanks to the Legislature, I have some tools in my economic tool kit," Risch told 140 workers this week at the Rupert Civic Gymnasium.

State may expand Rural Idaho Initiative

The department said it prefers applicants "who organize creative collaborations for funding that cross jurisdictional boundaries and involve private-sector partners."

Caldwell, Idaho’s biggest planned business development, Sky Ranch Business Center, attracts California companies

"I’m very excited. I like Idaho so far from what I’ve seen," Mello said in a phone interview.

Nampa designer’s clothing won’t let ’em see you sweat. Cyclone Clothing has fashioned sportswear for troops in Iraq

Haro uses a quick-dry polyester blend. The fibers in the blend absorb moisture off the body and send it into the air so people can stay dry during a run, she said.

Group will use $5 million to lure high-paying industries to the Boise Valley

Industries to be targeted include computers and electronics, transportation, warehousing, software, telecommunications, health care, biotechnology, nanotechnology and equipment manufacturing.