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A 'Gem' of an idea for Idaho's economy

April 14, 2011View for printing

While small businesses are and will continue to be the foundation of our economy and the source of most employment in our state, it's only a matter of time before the next big employer rises in Idaho. I don't know who it will be or in what industry, but I'll put my money on one thing: It will be an Idaho start-up.

The Idaho Technology Council understands that too. They have launched a new initiative called IGem that seeks to foster the new Idaho business "gems" with the potential to have a major impact on our economy. The organization is working with the Department of Commerce and my Idaho Innovation Council in pursuing our shared Project 60 goals.

By Gov. Butch Otter

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