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USDA adopts Boise firm’s software

Boise-based ProClarity Corp. announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has adopted the company´s Analytics Platform software to be used in the agency´s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Idaho Statesman The ProClarity application will…

Loss of prosperity not easy to take in Pacific Northwest

"Today, Washington and Oregon duel for the nation’s highest unemployment rate, with Oregon holding the dubious distinction for 15 of the past 17 months."

Eastern Idaho spuds key to custom vodkas from Silver Creek Distillers Inc.

"Unlikely as it seems, Rigby, ID could become to vodka what Bordeaux is to red wine, namely the region that produces the drink favored by connoisseurs."

Boise-based group focuses on Homeland security-Alliance aims to link businesses, government

A Boise-based non-profit organization focusing on homeland security was unveiled at the Idaho Capitol building Thursday. Ken Dey The Idaho Statesman Called the Homeland Security Leadership Alliance, http://www.hsleadership.org/ the organization´s goal is to bring together…

Idaho company, Positron Systems, could help NASA test parts from shuttle-Technology can detect even the tiniest weakness

A Boise company´s emerging technology could prove useful in ensuring future space shuttle safety and assist in the investigation of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Julie Howard The Idaho Statesman Positron Systems, http://www.positronsystems.com/ a start-up…

Would you pay $41 for a hamburger? Probably not. But New York diners are paying big bucks for Idaho-raised Kobe beef.

It may be called the Rolls Royce of meats, but it took a $41 hamburger to catapult Kobe beef out of gourmet magazines and into the mainstream of American culture. Ken Dey The Idaho Statesman…

Honeywell beefing up-adding jobs in Spokane

Company expects to add about 60 jobs locally this year in consolidation move The additional hires will equate to roughly a 10 percent staffing increase here for Honeywell, which—with the equivalent of about 600 full-time…

Micron tightens its belt through attrition-CEO: Company will hire when economy rebounds

Micron Technology is operating leaner than ever, using attrition to thin its ranks and avoid layoffs, company executives acknowledged in recent days. Julie Howard The Idaho Statesman The company lost 3,000 employees — or 15…

“TechIdaho 2003,” report on the status of Idaho´s high-technology industry.

Welcome to “TechIdaho 2003,” The Idaho Statesman´s first annual report on the status of our state´s high-technology industry. http://www.idahostatesman.com/business/hightech/story.asp?ID=29966 —Mike Maharry Idaho Statesman For years, those involved in economic development have wished that Idaho had…

Utah’s tourism doing well-2002 Olympics are still giving the state a boost

"It’s better than it otherwise might have been, and we’re certain that the Olympics had a role in that. In early 2003, indications are that visitation at resorts is generally up. Utah got wonderful publicity about how friendly the people are and how beautiful the place is. Call center calls are up, requests for travel guides are up. The secret is out. Utah is a great place to visit."