Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Idaho Falls: Gateway to the Splendors of Targhee and the Tetons….Wydaho, USA

Get up in the morning in Idaho Falls and face the East. Only 50 miles as the eagle flies is the magnificent playground of Teton Valley, Idaho and the Targhee National Forest. Toss in a couple of National Parks, Jackson, and the Grand Loop highway connecting them all and you have – Wydaho! Idaho Falls and Rexburg are spoiled by the incredible recreational opportunities and splendor of the most expansive public playground in the continental U.S.

Whether driving from Idaho Falls through beautiful Swan Valley the 64 miles to Victor, or the 46 miles from Rexburg to Driggs, one cannot help but be struck by the Teton mountain range overlooking Teton County, Idaho. Sure, there is also a Teton County, Wyoming where world famous Jackson Hole thrives, but for residents of the Idaho Falls/Rexburg corridor, it is one big, beautiful Wydaho playground.

Skiing at Grand Targhee Resort has long been a too well kept secret for us. That is about to change. Grand Targhee resort is just a dozen miles up the road from Driggs, and it has joined the elite list of major national ski areas now with over 2,500 acres of ski terrain on two peaks with the base at 8,000 feet. Located in that same Caribou – Targhee National Forest, the ski area enjoys over 500 inches of fresh powder annually. There are 15 km of groomed Nordic Ski Trails, 5 trails and track set plus a skating lane.

The Teton Valley, Idaho basin meets with state line of Wyoming at the foot of Teton Range, the 40 mile long mountain front rising some 6,000 feet from the valley floor. Anchored by Grand Teton peak at 13,770 feet (4,198 m)--- and at least twelve pinnacles over 12,000 feet (3,658 m), there are seven morainal lakes that adorn the base of the range, and more than 100 alpine lakes dot the backcountry. Add the 2.63 Million acres of the Caribou-Targhee National Forests, including the two major Wilderness Areas inside it, and two of the nation’s most impressive national parks, Teton and Yellowstone, and we think you get the idea. If it is an outdoor lifestyle that works for you, this part of the world offers you some work.

Major efforts are underway for the enhancement of Teton Valley, Idaho. Lead by a long awaited, recently approved expansion of Grand Targhee Resort, the valley is now home to four new major golf course resorts, major urban renewal projects being undertaken by both Driggs and Victor cities, and a major new environmental movement recently accomplished by the Teton County Commission. That broad Planned Unit Development Ordinance assures a future of a very controlled and sensitive future for development within the County.

The year 2008 has brought about major new plans with substantial federal grants for urban renewal, combined with the new Geo Tourism center becoming a spotlight for the National Geographic publication this Spring, launching Driggs and the Teton Valley into a whole different dimension of tourism. What is designated as the “Grand Loop” now includes a scenic byway plan linking Victor and Driggs Idaho into Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

All of this, and you get there from here, Idaho Falls and Rexburg – the Gateway to Wydaho, USA!

Wydaho! Press Release Date: December 17, 2008

Contact: Bill Coleman 435-901-3600, or Julie Bryan 307-699-0205

Monday, December 15, 2008

European Credit Crisis Analysis by Dr. Peter Linneman

The same mechanisms that led to the financial crisis in the United States were operating in Europe, resulting in the same issues–instability in the financial system, a crisis of confidence, zero or negative growth and a fall-off in real estate fundamentals. NAI Global Chief Economist Dr. Peter Linneman analyzes the current impact and long-term ramifications of the European Credit Crisis. Read the article here:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Call to Action on AREVA in Idaho Falls

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Call to Action Alert from Robb Chiles, Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce

This summer AREVA announced that they had selected Eastern Idaho as the proposed site for their new uranium enrichment plant. Obviously, this was a huge step in securing this project for our region. However, that was only the first step in the process. Tonight, begins step number two. Please attend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) first Eagle Rock Uranium Enrichment Plant public licensing meeting.

Wednesday, December 10
Shilo Inn (Grand Teton Room)
7:00 pm

Why is this meeting so important? Read more here.

Pocatello Chamber Business After Hours at Alliance Title

Business After Hours

Alliance Title & Escrow Corp.

2350 Via Caporatti, Pocatello, ID

Thursday December 11, 2008, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Pocatello business people are invited to come kick off the holiday season in style at the annual ATEC Business After Hours. Alliance Title & Escrow will be celebrating their recent honor as a statewide recipient of the 2008 Integrity Award, presented by the Better Business Bureau. This award honors local firms whose business operations and related activities demonstrate a commitment to integrity and ethical business practices.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Idaho Business Review Features Snake River Landing

Perfect Landing: Snake River Landing a new commerce epicenter

Watch out Grand Teton Mall, you’ve got serious competition on the horizon. Snake River Landing, an ambitious multi-use development encompassing 400 acres between the Snake River and the I-15 is headed into Idaho Falls.

When the project is complete, Snake River Landing will boast 90,000 square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of retail space, 135 acres of condos and other housing units and possibly civic facilities, churches and schools.

“Basically it will be a community within a community,” said Snake River Landing’s Chief Development Officer Eric Isom.

Read the full article here:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Agent/Lender Photo Day at First American Title

HomeSeeker Magazine will take complimentary photos and First American Title will provide complimentary lunch for real estate agents and lenders on December 3rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First American Title, 900 Pier View Drive, Suite 110, in the Snake River Landing Development in Idaho Falls.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Idaho Falls / Pocatello Best Places to Find Jobs

CNN’s partner ranked Idaho Falls # 3 in the nation in their list of the 25 Best Cities to Find a Job.  Pocatello also made the list, coming in at #24.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Interview with Hard Hat Steakhouse and Grill Owner James Billman

Hard Hat Steakhouse and Grill is a successful restaurant and catering business, owned by James Billman. Check out this interview about how he got started and the plans for his new location under construction in Idaho Falls that is set to open in early 2009:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Envision Lending Grand Opening

Envision Lending Group, Inc., located at Snake River Landing, will be opening its doors on Thursday, November 20th for a Grand Opening event. Beginning with a ribbon-cutting by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at 4:30 PM, the event is scheduled to last until 7 PM and will feature food, free gifts and a grand prize drawing. The event is being held in conjunction with the Chamber Business After Hours, hosted by Snake River Landing in the Snake River Landing Discovery Center.

Envision Lending Group, Inc. is a unique mortgage company in southeast Idaho because it is a branch of a nationwide company with over 1400 loan officers offering a vast multitude of mortgage services. Because of this, you get local personal service but nationwide power for the best possible loans! Some of Envision's services include free consultations for home buyers, refinancing mortgages, and utilizing home equity resources.

For more information, visit their web site at

Monday, November 17, 2008

Snake River Landing Hosts Chamber Business After Hours

Envision Lending will be hosting their Grand Opening during the Business After Hours from 5-7 PM at the Snake River Landing Discovery Center, 901 Pier View Drive, Suite 202. There will be desserts, free gifts, and a grand price drawing for Chamber members. Take this opportunity to learn more about Snake River Landing, tour the 901 Pier View Drive building, hear about what is planned for the development, and network with other area professionals. NAI Commerce One brokers will be on hand along with Snake River Landing representatives to answer questions about the development.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Snake River Landing Seeking “Coats For Kids”

Snake River Landing has partnered with Pacific Empire Radio, Head Start, Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership (EICAP) and several other local businesses to provide over 300 local children with cold-season coats.

Snake River Landing is asking the community to bring gently used or new coats (toddler to teen sizes) to the Snake River Landing Discovery Center, located at 901 Pier View Drive in Idaho Falls, to be donated to families in need. Each person who donates will also receive a $10 gift certificate to Perkins and the opportunity to win a one hour massage at Massage Envy.

Help make this winter warm for a local child by donating a gently used or new coat! Questions? Please call 208-557-5300.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NAI Global Featured in Leading Industry Publications

NAI Global President & CEO Jeff Finn provided perspective and market trend analysis in Real Estate Forum’s October issue. “The Places to Be… And Not to Be” provides a look at which markets are growing and where investors and corporations can find the greatest opportunities in the next few years. Click here to read the entire article (the article is on page 51 in the digital issue).

David Berger, NAI Global Managing Director of Latin America & the Caribbean, was interviewed by Site Selection magazine on investment opportunities in Brazil. David provides his perspective on infrastructure in Latin America, and where foreign investors can find the greatest opportunity. Click here to read the entire article.

NAI Global recently formed a new venture with Bluestone Real Estate Capital to create a new service offering providing debt equity financing to clients. President & CEO Jeffrey M. Finn was interviewed by a Real Estate Finance & Investment and Institutional Investment & Finance reporter about the strategy behind NAI Bluestone Real Estate Capital. Click here to read the article.

Congratulations to Teresia Knight, Senior Vice President with NAI Capital, for being included in this year’s Real Estate Southern California Women of Influence feature.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Center for Commercial & Entrepreneurial Training FREE Seminar

(CCET) seminar, sponsored by Technology Ventures Corporation, BYU-Idaho/E-Center, Department of Energy, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Grow Idaho Falls, Inc., Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Idaho State University – Idaho Falls, Idaho techconnect, Partnership for Science & Technology, and Regional Development Alliance, Inc is scheduled for:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

CCET Seminars are held at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls (University Place)

Center for Higher Education Building, Room 213 - 1770 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls

The topic will be:

Operations Startup, Monitoring,

And Human Resources

This session describes the business organization development process and the essential legal, accounting, taxation, and record keeping processes. We also discuss the critical areas of staffing, recruiting, and educating and training personnel.

Featured presenters at the seminar include:

Donald W. Lindsey, Chief Operating Officer - TRACKMETRIX, INC.

Beau C. Ward, CPA, CVA - Source Capital & Consulting

Ingrid Baker, Director, Recruitment Resources - TVC

There is no cost, but registration is Requested – Please RSVP to:

Margaret Speer, TVC at (505) 843-4202, ( or

Garrick Martin, TVC at (208) 524-2582, (

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Parcel Express Location

Parcel Express will open a new location on Monday, November 10th at 939 South 25th East, Suite 108 in The Shoppes in Ammon next to the east side Wal Mart. Randy Waters and Steven Frei with NAI Commerce One assisted with the lease of the new space.

Founded in 1994 by Madge Ager, Parcel Express offers a full range of mailing, packaging and worldwide shipping services with well-known carriers including the US Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, Airborne Express, DHL and Yellow Trucking. The company takes pride in custom packaging, with the motto: “We ship any-thing, any-shape, any-where.” Parcel Express also offers private mailbox rental, laminating, digital image transfer, business services, and fax and copy services. They carry a wide range of office supplies and moving supplies.

Ager opened the first Parcel Express location in Blackfoot in 1994. The second location was opened in 1998 on West Broadway in Idaho Falls. Marge is the mother of four children and is a former INL computer operator. Contact Randy Waters or Steven Frei at 208.525.8088 for information regarding the site.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pocatello Chamber of Commerce To Hold November Membership Meeting

The Pocatello Chamber will hold their monthly General Membership Meeting on November 7th and the Red Lion Hotel.  J.R. Simplot will sponsor the program by the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho.  The topic will be “Military Members and Families, Keeping Pace With the Changing Military”. 

The American Red Cross links members of the U.S. Armed Forces with their families during a crisis. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross quickly sends emergency communications to deployed service members on behalf of their family. Military members can have peace of mind knowing that when they are on a mission, in training or stationed far from home––and leaving cell phones and e-mails behind––they are still connected to home.

While providing service to 1.4 million active duty military personnel and their families, the Red Cross also reaches out to more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families living in nearly every community in America. Red Cross workers in hundreds of chapters and on military installations brief departing service members and their families regarding available support services, and they explain how the Red Cross may assist them during the deployment.

Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance from the military aid societies, counseling, referral to community resources and assistance to veterans. Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) personnel from a global network in more than 700 U.S. chapters, 58 military installations worldwide and in forward deployed locations in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Trade Tables open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and the meeting begin at Noon at the Red Lion Hotel.  Those interested in attending should RSVP to the Chamber office by calling 233-1525.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Idaho Energy Conference "Growing an Energy Cluster"

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Red Lion on the Falls

Idaho Falls, ID

“Growing an Energy Cluster”


Register at:


Featured Speakers:

US Sen. Mike Crapo

Dr. Steve Aumeier, INL

David Naccarato, McKinstry Co.

Tom Hornyak, Power County Advanced Energy Center

Sam Shakir, AREVA NC Inc.

Rich Rayhill, Ridgeline Energy

Paul Kjellander, Idaho Office of Energy Resources

Scott Gates, Idaho Power

Jackie Flowers, Idaho Falls Power

Robert Pothier, Epic Ventures & The E-Center

John R. “Grizz” Deal, Purple Mountain Ventures & Hyperion Power Generation

Jamie Boyd, Cascadia Capital, LLC


Special Event

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Partnership for Science & Technology

“Energy Advocate Awards” - Reception & Dinner

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Randy Waters Helps Facilitate Auction

Randy Waters with NAI is assisting the FDIC facilitate a sealed bid auction on the old ANB Financial on 900 South Utah. The auction deadline is October 31, 2008 and sealed bid must be postmarked by October. The property includes all the furniture and fixtures and equipment. The building is approximately 3,690 sf fully equipped and furnished with typical office equipment. The layout includes 5 individual offices, 5 secretary stations, 1 kitchen break area, equipment/server room, conference room, customer waiting area with soft seating with a gas fireplace and 42” flat screen TV, and 2 restrooms. Each of the 5 offices contain an L shaped work station, an executive chair, 2-3 guest chairs, a Dell computer, two 17” LCD monitors, and a filing cabinet. There is also and open secretarial area that contains similar items as well as Nortel VOIP phones, and extra work tables. The kitchen is equipped with a round table with 2 bar stools, a large fridge, oven, microwave, and a dishwasher. Call Randy Waters to get a bidders packet and schedule a tour at (208) 525-8088.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Inaugural Boise Idaho ICSC Event Scheduled

The inaugural Boise ICSC conference will feature retail updates from brokers located in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada, and the Northwest. A panel of experts will discuss current economic conditions and how they are affecting developers, retailers, and bankers. Keynote speakers Fred Bruning and Andrew Wilk from the retail development company CenterCal will discuss their Meridian, Idaho project, provide insight into market conditions, and expound on the actions CenterCal is taking to adapt.

Presenting brokers will include Brook Blakeslee from Colliers-Idaho, Rick Casazza from Colliers – Nevada, Alex MacLean from Commercial Realty Advisors Northwest – Oregon, Chad Moore from Commerce CRG – Utah, and Mike Walker from NAI Business Properties – Montana.

The registration flyer can be downloaded at, or register online here.

New Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) in Eastern Idaho

NAI Commerce One Retail Specialist Brent Wilson received the CLS (certified leasing specialist) designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers. There are only five other brokers in Idaho with this designation, and Brent is the first outside of the Boise area or Northern Idaho.

In addition to completing significant education requirements, in order to qualify for the designation of CLS, Brent was required to have been actively engaged in a position with substantial responsibility for leasing shopping centers, and have at least four years of active experience in shopping center leasing.

About Brent Wilson

Wilson, formerly with SullivanHayes Brokerage and Retail Brokers, Inc. in Denver, Colorado, brings a wealth of experience in retail leasing, land acquisition, entitlements and site selection services to the team. Brent's career began in 1996 with the development consulting firm Berryman & Henigar.

Wilson earned a master’s degree in Land Planning from the University of Florida’s College of Architecture. He is also a professionally-accredited land planner, having passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam in 2000. He has also completed ICSC's University of Shopping Centers, The Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, and ICSC's John T. Riordan School for Professional Development - Advanced Shopping Center Leasing Program.

Brent is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate. He has provided site selection and disposition services to many retail and restaurant clients - including Carmike Cinemas, Ace Hardware, Jack in the Box, AT&T/Cingular Wireless, Del Taco, Family Christian Stores, Cici's Pizza, Walgreen's (Pedersen Development), Discount Tire and the Mile High Running Company. Brent's landlord representation clients have included Armstrong Development, McWhinney Enterprises, the Urbahns Companies, and many others. In addition to brokerage services, Brent has provided development entitlement services to many clients over the past twelve years.

Brent can be contacted at 208.525.8088.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Grow Idaho Falls Hosts Investor Breakfast

Business and community leaders attended the Grow Idaho Falls quarterly Investor Breakfast this morning at the Red Lion on that falls. NAI Commerce One was one of the sponsors of the event and Steven Keim, Steven Frei, and Guy Arnell along with six other NAI agents and support staff were in attendance.

Mike Connolly, Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Energy & Environment, Science & Technology Directorate, INL, spoke on the Western Energy Corridor. Linda Martin also unveiled the new Grow Idaho Falls web site, which will go live in the next month and which features a new LocationOne properties database on Bonneville County.

About Grow Idaho Falls

GROW IDAHO FALLS, INC., is an investor-based organization dedicated to the development and growth of Idaho Falls, Ammon and Bonneville County. GROW IDAHO FALLS, INC. plays an important role in the expansion of existing business, job retention and the attraction of new business to our area.

Originally called the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council, GROW IDAHO FALLS, INC. has been in existence since 2000. Our primary goal is to create good paying jobs with benefits for the people and families of our community.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Idaho Falls Ranked #3 Best Place to Find a Job by

25 Best Places to Find a Job

Job seekers with no ties to any particular location often seek jobs in big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. But are these the places where they're most likely to find a job?

Not according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job seekers are better off looking in such cities as Sioux Falls, S.D., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Rapid City, S.D.. All of these cities registered the lowest unemployment rates in July 2008.

Read the full article here, by Rachel Zupek, writer.

Monday, October 20, 2008

NAI Global Announces Flagship Office in Wyoming

NAI Global, the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms and one of the largest real estate services providers worldwide, announced today it is increasing its market coverage in the Rocky Mountains with the formation of NAI Jackson Hole.

Read the complete post on the official NAI Global Blog by clicking here.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pocatello Costco Set to Open

It's official! The much anticipated opening of the new Pocatello Costco is this week. Doors open to the public on Thursday, October 23rd at 8 a.m. at 305 West Quinn Road.

Although I am not a Pocatello resident, I was thrilled to receive a Costco mailer with coupons and membership information a few days ago. I have been a Costco member since 1998 and I enjoyed frequenting Costco locations in Twin Falls, Idaho, Orem, Utah, San Diego, California, and Anchorage, Alaska during my college days. Since moving to Idaho Falls in 2002, I have appreciated the convenience of the local Sam's Club, but there are a few items that I can only find at Costco--like Kirkland brand chewable Vitamin C and the most adorable little girls dresses. You know, the essentials! I don't know if I'll be able to make it to the Grand Opening this week, but I will be stopping frequently on my trips to visit my parents in the Burley area.

It's been fascinating to witness the tremendous retail growth that has taken place in Pocatello in the past few years. NAI Commerce One is currently leasing space at the beautiful new Gold's Gym Retail plaza that is less than a half mile away from Costco on Flandro. For more information on the space available at Gold's, please view the listing on Loopnet by clicking here, or email with your questions.

--Kaly Shippen

About Costco

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an international chain of membership warehouses, mainly under the "Costco Wholesale" name, that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs.

For the complete company profile, please click here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

INL Brings Social Media Workshop to Idaho Falls

Take advantage of a full-day, immersive workshop on social media with instructor Shel Holtz on October 22nd, covering strategy and tactics and delving into the specific tools, including blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks, social bookmarking sites, social ranking services, microformats, tags and widgets. Participants emerge prepared to integrate social media into broad communication plans and to implement specific strategies that meet measurable objectives. The session covers both internal and external communication.

Shel Holtz is one of the world's recognized leading authorities on intranets. He has led internal communications at two Fortune 500 companies and counseled scores of others, including Intel, The Arkema Group, Symantec, Applied Materials and PepsiCo. He is a leading advocate for the value and power of communication from your organization's leaders.

Where: Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls

When: Wednesday, Oct. 22

Cost: Early registration $59.00 per person
after October 17th $79.00 per person

RSVP to Nikki Iwert-Bays (526-8587 or

Did You Know?

INL Researchers Meet Major Hydrogen Milestone

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory reached a major milestone in September with the successful production of hydrogen through High-Temperature Electrolysis (HTE).

The milestone was reached when the Integrated Laboratory Scale experiment started producing hydrogen at a rate of 5.6 cubic meters per hour.

"This is by far the biggest achievement we've had," said Carl Stoots, the experiment’s principal investigator.

With this milestone met, the HTE plant is on its way to opening many doors for innovation in energy production, contributing to the Department of Energy’s overarching goal of a "hydrogen economy." Eventually, HTE could provide pure hydrogen for fuel cell-powered cars, Herring said – "but that’s a long way off."

Read the entire press release here:

(The HTE plant is located in the Bonneville County Technology Center, 101 Technology Drive in Idaho Falls, across the street from the INL Research Center. )

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

As Economic Ripples Continue Outward, Funds Amass to Move at First Sign of Upturn

A message from NAI Global President & CEO Jeffrey M. Finn

When the USA credit market buckled in August of 2007 it was difficult to foresee just how far and wide the ripples would be felt. But now, one year later, it is clear that the ripple would touch the world. Even the most buoyant markets have not been immune to the great credit strike of 2008.

While the construction lending spigot has shut off and the terms for investment grade debt have become much more expensive in the Western world, the emerging East is beginning to feel the pinch. Even the booming BRIC countries are starting to slow due to the combined reduction in Western demand and the higher cost of capital. But with the cycle opportunities are created. To seize this unique moment, billions are now being amassed in funds ready to pounce once the perceived bottom has been reached.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Free Public Rally with Mitt Romney & Senate Candidate Jim Risch

October 1, 2008

Following a noon fundraiser in Boise, Mitt Romney will speak at a free public rally in Idaho Falls at Riverbend Ranch, located at 2880 N. 55th West. The rally is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.

Romney is stumping for United States Senate candidate Jim Risch along with local Republican candidates.

For more info, click here.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport to Hold Ribbon Cutting

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport's runway rehabilitation project has been completed, and the community will have a chance to celebrate with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 1st at Noon. Attendees should meet at Aero Mark on International Way to be escorted onto the runway.

The main runway will open at 6 p.m., and all airlines are scheduled to be back in service to Idaho Falls as of October 1. Work continues on the public parking facility, which should be completed by the end of the month.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

AREVA Submits DOE Loan Guarantee Application for Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 29, 2008

AREVA today submitted its application to the U.S. Department of Energy for a loan guarantee for its Eagle Rock uranium enrichment facility, which the company is developing near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The DOE loan guarantee program is designed to encourage investment in innovative nuclear
energy projects in the United States, such as new reactors and enrichment facilities.
The state-of-the-art Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility will use advanced centrifuge technology,
recognized worldwide as the benchmark for performance, reliability, and economics. This
technology offers significant improvements over current enrichment technology used in the
United States.
“DOE has made clear that maintaining a reliable and competitive U.S. uranium enrichment
industry is an important national energy security objective,” said General Manager of Strategic
Enrichment Programs Sam Shakir. “Our proposed Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility supports
this objective. It achieves a critical next step in building the infrastructure for long-term U.S.
energy security, reduces our nation’s reliance on imports of enrichment services, while
promoting clean nuclear energy to reduce greenhouse emissions.”
AREVA offers DOE a structure that meets the economic and technical criteria of the loan
guarantee program and offers the highest level of assurance of repayment.

AREVA is a world leader in enrichment services technology and the leading nuclear vendor in
the United States. The company expects to submit a license application to the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission for its Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility by the end of this year.

More About Areva

As the leading U.S. nuclear vendor and a key player in the electricity transmission and
distribution sector, AREVA Inc.’s 5,300 U.S. energy employees are committed to serving the
nation and paving the way for the future of the electricity market. With 45 locations across the
nation and nearly $2 billion in energy revenues in 2007, AREVA Inc., through its subsidiaries,
combines U.S. leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of
performance. In the U.S. and in more than 100 countries around the world, AREVA is engaged
in the 21st century’s greatest challenges: making energy available to all, protecting the planet,
and acting responsibly toward future generations. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda,

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hard Hat Steakhouse & Grill Announces Kick-Off Celebration

IDAHO FALLS, ID – Construction on the new Hard Hat Steakhouse & Grill has begun and the media is invited to a press conference on Friday, September 26 at 11 am in front of the building site on the corner of Pier View Drive and Snake River Parkway.

The new Hard Hat Steakhouse & Grill is approximately 10,000 square feet and will boast both first and second floor dining, banquet rooms and will hold approximately 400 guests. Known for their thick and juicy cuts of prime rib, big hearty steaks and a great selection of sea food, Hard Hat’s newest restaurant will continue to focus on amazing food and excellent customer service.

About Hard Hat Steakhouse & Grill

Hard Hat Steakhouse was started by James and Angie Billman of Shelley, Idaho. Their newest restaurant in Snake River Landing will be their second location, with the first being at 859 South Yellowstone in Rexburg, Idaho. The Billmans also own and operate Rocky Mountain Catering, a first-class catering experience, and have had the privilege of serving many famous clients including Willie Nelson, Senator Mike Crapo, Bruce Willis and others.

About Snake River Landing

Snake River Landing is an exciting new master-planned waterfront community in the heart of Idaho Falls. Encompassing over 400 acres of majestic Snake River property, the project stretches from Pancheri Drive south to Sunnyside Road and will include retail, office, restaurant and residential space along with several parks, trails and water features. For more information, please visit

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Capital Markets Update from Dr. Peter Linneman

We may not be in the worst economic situation ever, but it is an interesting moment in history, as substantial risk simultaneously exists politically and economically as well as in the capital markets. These risks are reinforcing each other, creating abnormal levels of uncertainty.

NAI Global Chief Economist Dr. Peter Linneman compares today’s economic conditions to previous severe situations and shares his view on what to expect going forward.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

100th Shari's Restaurant Opens in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, ID--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - Shari's chain of 24-hour family dining restaurants reached the century mark this week with the opening of the 100th location in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"This is an exciting milestone in our growth," said Bruce MacDiarmid, Shari's Chief Executive Officer. "Reaching 100 locations is the result of hard work by the entire team at Shari's, who have created a community of loyal customers by serving quality food in a comfortable environment."

Over the past 30 years, Shari's has built a wonderful reputation for friendly service, delicious home-style food, and family-value pricing. Breakfast is one of Shari's specialties, featuring exclusive creations like Cinnamasation French Toast and Stuffed Hashbrowns. And don't forget the pie! Shari's has a wide selection of fruit and cream pies to enjoy with a meal, or as a whole pie to-go.

In addition to offering another dining choice to the Idaho Falls community, Shari's also brings new employment opportunities to the area. The restaurant has hired 90 local employees to staff the new restaurant.

Shari's Idaho Falls restaurant is located at 1330 W. Broadway. The building features an updated design for the chain, with an elevated tower topped with a skylight roof for a contemporary look, while retaining sections of the red tile roof and color palette that customers are familiar with from other Shari's locations. The interior has been designed to be warm and comfortable for customers, with the ability to seat nearly 180 guests at a time.

About Shari's Restaurants: Shari's ( is the largest full-service restaurant chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari's Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari's Restaurants provide customers high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24-hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari's menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, gourmet sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and pies. With nearly 4,500 employees, the chain currently has 100 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nebraska.

NAI Commerce One brokers Steven Keim and Steven Frei represented the Landlord, Renaissance Partners, LLP, in this "Build to Suit" and long term lease transaction with Shari's Restaurant. In addition to creating the site for Shari's, the site development resulted in the cleanup of the Broadway/I-15 Gateway arterial. This cleanup resulted in the creation of a beautiful decorative fence, landscaping and entrance monument at the north bound on-ramp of I-15 at Broadway Avenue in Idaho Falls.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Financial Management Seminar in Idaho Falls

Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training

(CCET) seminar, sponsored by Technology Ventures Corporation, BYU-Idaho/E-Center, Department of Energy, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Grow Idaho Falls, Inc., Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Idaho State University – Idaho Falls, Idaho techconnect, Partnership for Science & Technology, and Regional Development Alliance, Inc is scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

CCET Seminars are held at Idaho State University – Idaho Falls (University Place)
Center for Higher Education Building, Room 211 - 1770 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls

The topic will be: Financial Management

This session explores the subjects of understanding and using the
financial statements, preparing budget projections and proforma financial statements, dealing with the various tax issues, and company valuation.

Featured presenters at the seminar include:


There is no cost, but registration is Requested – Please RSVP to:

Margaret Speer, TVC at (505) 843-4202, ( or
Garrick Martin, TVC at (208) 524-2582, (

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Event at Snake River Landing Raises Money for Diabetes Research

NAI Commerce One brokers Steven Frei, Alison Frei, and Kaly Shippen joined hundreds of walkers, runners, and volunteers at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Walk to Find a Cure" at Snake River Landing today.

Z103 DJ's Brad and Jeremy participated in the event, and vendors included the Idaho Eye Center, Rocky Mountain Diabetes, Contours Express, District 7 Health Department, EIRMC, The Gables of Shelley Assisted Living, Teton Pilates Studio, NAI/Snake River Landing, and Riverbend Communications (Z103).

Kaly Shippen dribbled a basketball while she walked to promote another upcoming JDRF fundraiser, the 1st Annual "Dribble to Find a Cure" Charity Basketball Clinics at Skyline High School on October 4th, sponsored by NAI, Snake River Landing, Skyline Basketball, and Palin's Pit Bulls. All proceeds will go to JDRF.
Click on the image to the left to view clinic details.

To register a participant online or just make a donation, go to the web site by clicking here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Republicans Hold Grand Opening at Snake River Landing

Bonneville County Republicans Open Local Campaign Headquarters

Idaho Falls, ID

Bonneville County Republicans announced the opening of their new campaign headquarters in a press conference Monday, September 8th, at 10:00 a.m. on the Pier at Snake River Landing.

“We want to provide our candidates and constituents a local resource to advance the Republican principals expressed in the convention in Minneapolis,” says Damond Watkins, Chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Party, who just returned from the GOP National Convention.

“The headquarters will provide a venue for the public to research the local races and to see that the stark ideological differences between John McCain and Barack Obama exist in a few of our local races,” he says.

The space for the headquarters was donated by Ball Ventures, and will be located at 901 Pier View Road Suite 204. The Headquarters will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm until the election on November 4.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Organizations to Advance Energy Security for Nation and Address Workforce and Technology Development Issues

Premier Donates $60,000 in Equipment for New Building

BLACKFOOT, IDAHO, AUG. 27, 2008 – Premier Technology, a leading manufacturer and industrial contractor in Idaho, the U.S. and abroad, announced today it has formed a strategic partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES).

CAES, based in Idaho Falls, is a public/private partnership comprised of Idaho’s three public universities, private industry, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Premier and CAES made the announcement after CAES staff concluded a tour of Premier’s Blackfoot, Idaho facility.
Under terms of the partnership, Premier Technology and CAES will work collaboratively to enhance the effectiveness of both organizations in advancing technology-based workforce and economic development in Idaho.

Otter Pledges to Grow Idaho's Economy

Idaho Business Review reporter Simon Shifrin reports:

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he hopes to “under promise and over deliver” on his pledge to grow Idaho’s annual gross domestic product from $51 billion to $60 billion by the time he leaves office during his “state of the state address to the business community” at The Grove Hotel in Boise [on August 28th]...

Read more from the Idaho Business Review...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

NAI Jackson Hole Office Set to Open

NAI Commerce One is pleased to announce the opening of its new NAI Jackson Hole, Wyoming Office, located at 320 Broadway in Jackson, Wyoming, in cooperation with Windermere Real Estate of Jackson Hole. NAI Jackson Hole will serve customers in Western Wyoming, covering the market area of Teton County, Sublette County, and Lincoln County. NAI Commerce One is also opening another office in Driggs, Idaho to serve customers in the Teton Valley. Clinton Arnold will be the lead local broker at the new offices.

NAI Commerce One Director Steven Keim said, "We are excited for the opportunity to have an increased local presence in the Jackson Hole market, and we are looking forward to making NAI Global's vast resources available to the Wyoming business and investment community."

NAI Jackson Hole will be the Wyoming flagship office for NAI Global, the premier network of independent commercial real estate firms and one of the largest commercial real estate service providers worldwide.

NAI Global manages a network of over 5,000 professionals with 325 offices in 55 countries throughout the world. NAI professionals work together with our global management team to help our clients strategically optimize their real estate assets. NAI offices around the world completed over $45 billion in transactions in 2007, and managed over 200 million square feet of commercial space.

In 2007-2008, NAI Global received top industry rankings:

Ranked #3 brokerage organization by Real Estate Forum
Ranked #2 brokerage network by Commercial Property News
Ranked #4 Lipsey's Top 25 Real Estate Brands

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tech Time Rentals in Idaho Falls Opening Soon

Tech Time Rentals is set to open on September 4th in the Shoppes in Ammon north of Super Wal-Mart. This store will provide affordable rental of many of the expensive gadgets we'd all love to use but don't necessarily want to purchase, such as professional quality digital cameras, HD camcorders, high definition projectors, stabilized binoculars, XBox 360's, and Nintendo Wii's. Check out their web site at

For more information on available space in the Shoppes in Ammon please call Randy Waters or Steven Frei at 208.525.8088.

Friday, August 22, 2008


New business concept blends daily home show with upscale home and garden showroom

IDAHO FALLS, ID (August 21, 2008)—The area’s only complete home and garden idea center will open its doors to the public on Saturday, August 23, at 10 a.m.

More than 70 businesses will display their products and services in the upscale permanent home show setting. The building’s 20,000 square feet of professional booth space allows for a second phase to be open early next year.

“We think that Idaho Falls needs a concept like this,” said Mary Shell, owner. “There are so many great local home and garden businesses. The Home Emporium is a way for them to display their products and services in one collective showroom. These local companies have built some truly amazing and beautiful exhibits, and we’re so excited to open our doors.”

As part of the grand opening festivities, The Home Emporium will host a free BBQ lunch and dinner. There will also be raffle prizes, live music from the American Spice Band, and family activities such as a bouncy castle and free balloons for kids.

“If you’re thinking of remodeling or building a home, or even just working on a home improvement project, The Home Emporium is designed to have everything you’re looking for in one place,” said Karen Koplin, manager. “We like to say that we eliminate the need to go from business to business.”

Vendor booths are unmanned to create a no-pressure showroom for customers—except during the company’s monthly events every third Saturday when customers will have the opportunity to interact with business owners and ask questions.

The company is still accepting vendor applications for showroom space. Applications are open to any company with home- or garden-related products or services.

The Home Emporium is an admittance-free home and garden show open seven days a week. It features exhibits from the region’s finest companies including painting, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, furniture, home services, art, landscaping, decorating, organization and much more. To learn more visit

The Home Emporium is located in Trellis Square, which has retail, office, and flex space available. For more information on Trellis Square, please contact Randy Waters or Steven Frei at 208.525.8088.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Brokers to Attend Teton Board of Realtors Annual Luncheon

Clinton Arnold and Kaly Shippen will represent NAI Commerce One at the Teton Board of Realtors Annual Luncheon at Teton Pines on Thursday. This annual membership meeting will be held to vote for the 2009 slate of Directors including the President Elect and one Director as well as two important changes to the TBOR bylaws. The guest speaker will be the Wyoming Association of REALTORS® President Kevin Bromley who will provide an update as to the State of Real Estate in Wyoming. The 2008 REALTOR® of the Year will be honored as well.

NAI Commerce One has plans to open offices in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in Driggs, ID this fall with the local assistance of Julie Bryan and the agents at Windermere Real Estate. NAI's Wyoming office will operate as NAI Jackson Hole.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Snake River Landing and Iggy's Present a Night with the Chukars

Snake River Landing and Iggy’s Sports Grill invites the community to join them for a night of fun, prizes and America’s favorite sport – baseball on Friday, August 15th! The gates of Melaleuca Field open at 6 pm. 


Date: Friday, August 15th

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Melaleuca Field - 568 West Elva

Child Price: General Admission $6

Adult Price: Box Seats $9, General Admission $6


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

CCET Training to be held August 13th in Idaho Falls

Please mark your calendars!

The next seminar for the Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training series will be held on:

Wednesday, August 13, from 8 a.m to Noon
University Place, the Center for Higher Education (CHE) building, Room 211,
1770 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls

To register for this free of charge seminar, please RSVP to: Margaret Speer, Technology Ventures Corp., 505-843-4202, or email to

Monday, August 4, 2008

Idaho Career Institute's Upcoming Broker Classes

VA001S: Real Estate Valuation & Analysis (Register here) August 5th - August 8th (Tuesday - Friday) 8 am - 5 pm $350 30 credits

LW001S: Real Estate Law (Register here) September 2nd - Sept. 5th (Tuesday - Friday) 8 am - 5 pm $350 30 credits

BM001S: Real Estate Brokerage Management (Register here) October 2nd - Oct. 10th (Thur/Friday - Thur/Friday) 8 am - 5 pm $350 30 credits

Idaho Career Institute - Idaho Falls
Monthly Classes. More Choices. Great Prices.
1765 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls
(208) 604-2464

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Grand Opening of Candlewood Suites

Candlewood Suites will be hosting a Tailgate Party on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 665 Pancheri Drive in Idaho Falls, just across the river from Snake River Landing’s Pier View District.  They will be celebrating their Grand Opening with the Idaho Falls Chukars Baseball team.  They will have hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, soda & cracker jacks.  There will be drawings for free Chukars tickets and other prizes.  The Idaho Falls Chukars team will be on hand to sign autographs.  Tours of the new extended stay Candlewood Suites Hotel will also be conducted.
Candlewood Suites is locally owned and operated.  They are focused on comfort, space and value.  At 170 properties located throughout North America, guests find spacious studio and one bedroom suites each with their own fully equipped kitchen, large workspace, overstuffed recliner, DVD players with 32" LCD TV's.  The complimentary fitness center and guest laundry are open around the clock.  The Candlewood Cupboard® is open 24 hours for snacks, refreshments, entrees and other necessities.   Also available is their Gazebo Grill for guest cookouts. Candlewood Suites hotels offer guests all of this at a very comfortable price. 
Candlewood Suites is with the (IHG) InterContinental Hotels Group®.  The Priority Club® Rewards allows members to collect points or miles at more than 3,800 IHG Hotels and Resorts around the world.
For more information about the Idaho Falls Candlewood Suites, or this event, please contact Laura Ballard (208)525-9800 or (208)681-2547.

Ribbon Cutting at Edwards Jones

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting this
morning at a new Idaho Falls Edwards Jones location at 2539 Channing Way,
Suite 200.

Founded in 1922, Edward Jones currently boasts more than 10,000 offices in
the United States and over 11,000 financial advisors. Edward Jones provides
financial services for individual investors in the United States and,
through its affiliates, in Canada and the United Kingdom. Every aspect of
the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the
location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in
the communities in which they live and work. Edward Jones embraces the
importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients,
helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options
available today.

For more information about Edward Jones please call (208) 552-2509.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NAI Staff Visits Snake River Landing Discovery Center

NAI Commerce One Staff Meeting attendees visited the Snake River Landing Discovery Center and enjoyed a presentation from the SRL Leasing Administrator Cindy Adolph. The Discovery Center includes a lighted model of the 400 acre development, an impressive interactive touch screen, and four LCD flat screen displays.

NAI Commere One brokers Steven Frei and Brent Butikofer will be on hand in the Discovery Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the Snake River Landing Pier Grand Opening celebration, along with Cindy Adolph and Eric Isom.

The Grand Opening of the Pier promises to be an exciting event for the entire Idaho Falls community. The event is free to the public and will feature the following:

· Dedication by City of Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman at 11:30 am
· Free inflatable playground for kids
· Time capsule ceremony featuring the Pier Grand Opening Essay Contest winners
· Daddy Derby hosted by Idaho Falls Magazine and Diesel Tech Magazine – register now at
· Free miniature horse rides and train pull
· Free concert by local country act Moulton Jess
· Food from local restaurants, including a taste of Iggy’s Sports Grill (opening at Snake River Landing is August 2008)
· Z103 Rock Band Competition starts at 11 am
· Kids art activities, courtesy of The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho
· Garbett Homes will present the first phase of the residential plans at Snake River Landing

The Pier at Snake River Landing is 4,000 square feet and features beautifully lit arches and some of the best views of the Snake River. The Pier is located on the west side of the Snake River, just past the Pancheri Bridge.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Carpet Concepts Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and other members celebrated Carpet Concepts 10th Anniversary on Monday at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

Carpet Concepts began in 1998 when Brian and Lisa Peterson purchased Weller Interiors. Within in a few months of purchasing Weller Interiors, they found that they wanted to take the business in a different direction than the previous owners. They didn't want to just sell flooring. They wanted to create an environment in which they could assist people in making their homes not only more beautiful but also more functional. This is when the name Carpet Concepts was created.

In the beginning, they operated the store entirely on their own; they were truly a "mom and pop" store. They would work with a few clients at a time, as a result they became close friends with many of them. On December 23, 1999 they put a sign on the door that said they were closed for a special delivery. When their clients saw the note they new the special delivery was their second child. This is when they hired their first employee. At the time their annual sales were approximately $360,000, which for the flooring business isn't very much. But Brian and Lisa were determined to be successful.

Magically with ever year that went by, they saw notable increases in sales. As they did very little advertising, their growth stemmed from clients referring them to friends. They learned to never underestimate the power of word of mouth advertising. Brian and Lisa's philosophy of always trying to do what is best for the client has sometimes meant a loss of profit, they looked at the loss as the best advertising dollars they could spend. Their philosophy is proving itself, by the end of 2000 their annual sales had reached $600,000 and they new it was time expand and find a location that had sufficient warehouse space. It was at this time that they moved into their current location at 1930 N Woodruff. Their original store was only 3,000 square feet and the new building was 9,000 square feet. With the help of family they completed the daunting task of moving a carpet store. As soon as the new location opened the business really took off and they quickly hired 2 more employees. That year they also reached another mile stone, their annual sales surpassed $1 million.

In February of 2002 they suffered the loss of their building to a fire. This didn't stop them, with in a week they were serving customers out of a makeshift show room. With the support of contractors, clients, family and friends they were able to get back on their feet and surpassed sales from the previous year. In 2003, Lisa's parents Robert and Linda Gunnell joined the staff and still work with Carpet Concepts today. Everyone pulled together and continued work hard implementing changes when necessary and hiring when necessary.

Now in their 10th year, Carpet Concepts has annual sales of nearly $3 million. They are able to employee ten employees in house with good jobs and provide work to 12 subcontractors. Their main goal is to maintain the same level of service to their customers that they did when they first opened their doors. They are proud members of the community and look forward to serving and giving back to it for another ten years.

For more information about Carpet Concepts please call (208) 524-9177 or visit their web site at

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes at Snake River Landing

The Walk To Cure Diabetes at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls is something NAI Commerce One agents feel strongly about supporting. We can join volunteers across the nation, as well as large corporations including Ford, Advance Auto Parts, Marshall's, Time-Warner, and Walgreens, in forwarding the cause of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Read more about what YOU can do to help from Snake River Landing Leasing Administrator Cindy Adolph:

This fall, Ball Ventures and Snake River Landing will be joining hundreds of other corporations throughout southeast Idaho for the Walk To Cure Diabetes. This family oriented event will be held on September 13, 2008 from 9 am to noon and will include a walk, bbq and small health fair at Snake River Landing. All proceeds from the event will support research vital to finding a cure for diabetes.

Thanks in part to JDRF, researchers feel that a cure IS in sight. Much of the groundbreaking research that has been conducted has been funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In fact, JDRF is the largest private funder of diabetes research in the world. And, out of every dollar JDRF raises, more that an impressive 80 cents is channeled directly into diabetes research and education projects.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 for diabetes research. Based on JDRF’s history – I am sure that we will reach, if not exceed, this impressive goal with your help. I’m sure you get solicited by several non-profit organizations each year, just as we do but this event will give you an opportunity to participate in reaching our ultimate goal – A world without diabetes.

This event is very special to me personally. I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in March of last year at the age of 37. My pancreas no longer produces any insulin and therefore I am dependent on multiple daily injections of insulin. Although Juvenile Diabetes (Type 1) is typically a disease affecting children, more recently adults like myself are being diagnosed also. It has been a learning experience an often times frustrating, however I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained and the opportunity I have to support the JDFR in raising funds and public awareness about this disease.
I want to find a cure and I’m asking for your help.

There are a number of ways you could participate:

1. Make a Corporate Contribution: There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available, including in-kind donations. (Click here for the Interest Form in .pdf format.) For a .pdf with the details on the different Sponsorship Levels, please click here.

2. Take A Leadership Role: Form your own team within your company, family, church, or neighborhood. Simply designate a Team Captain(s), set a goal, recruit walkers, collect pledges, and then join us on September 13th. (Click here to create a team online, or download the team information .pdf document.)
3. Walk With Me On My Team: Collect pledges, get a T-Shirt, come share the camaraderie, and feel great in knowing that you helped save a life. (Click here to join TEAM SRL!) When registering for the walk be sure to select “Team SRL” as your team.
Cindy Adolph
Leasing Administrator

Snake River Landing
901 Pier View Drive, Suite 104
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Nuclear "Tour De France"

Idaho Senator Larry Craig visited France this month to learn more about Areva. This is what he had to say:

“You may remember that this May, a French company named Areva selected Bonneville County as the future home of a $2 billion uranium enrichment plant, its first such plant in the United States. Understanding that something of this magnitude has never been brought to Idaho before by the private sector, and already hearing questions from Idahoans about this proposal, I recently traveled to France to get a firsthand look at Areva's nuclear facilities and the Georges Besse II enrichment plant…

Read more at:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Trellis Square: Retail, Office, Flex Space

Randy Waters presented a Keynote presentation on Trellis Square to the NAI brokers at staff meeting on Tuesday. Learn more about this retail, office, and flex space development near Hitt and Lincoln Road by watching the video produced by PMG Idaho below, or contact Randy Waters or Steven Frei at 208.525.8088. Current occupants include The Home Emporium, Rocknack's Hardware (Hardware Hank), Carpet Mart, The Railing Company, and Intermountain Erectors Incorporated. Pad sites are available with build to suit options as well as office, retail, and flex space for lease.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Michelle Ziel and Steve and Ken Frei did a great job setting up the Snake River Landing booth at the Liberty Festival in Idaho Falls. The
give-aways were a hit, especially the patriotic LED fans. Way to go team!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

NAI Commerce One and Snake River Landing to Participate in AT&T Liberty Festival on the Falls

This year marks the second anniversary of a new way Idaho Falls to honors our nation's independence. The AT & T Liberty Festival on the Falls will bridge the gap between the parade in the morning and the fireworks display in the evening. The beautiful Snake River is the picturesque backdrop for the day's festivities.

The smell of delicious food and the sounds of children's laughter will fill the air on Memorial Drive between Broadway and E Street. Over 20 food vendors will be on hand to fill any craving from snow cones to Bar-B-Q. Business vendors will showcase their products and arts/crafts vendors will display their wares. Among other things, large military vehicles, fire trucks, and other mega machines will adorn the street for all to admire.

If that isn't enough, non-profit organizations from all over Eastern Idaho will have fair like games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Children will be astonished at the sheer size and amount of jumpers, rock climbing walls and more to entertain them for hours. Finally, it wouldn't be a festival without live music, a battle of the bands, and fun contests. Bring the whole family, you won't want to miss Idaho Falls at its best. --Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce

Come join the fun, and don't forget to stop at the Snake River Landing booth that will have information on the development, as well as some fun give-aways. NAI Commerce One brokers Steven Frei, Alison Frei, Kaly Shippen, and Brent Butikofer will be taking shifts during the event if you have questions, along with Snake River Landing leasing administrator CindyAdolf.

Gem State Prospector Training July 11th in Idaho Falls

Jerry Miller with the Idaho Department of Commerce will be offering a free training on the Gem State Prospector, Idaho's new GIS based land and building inventory website.

When: Friday, July 11th 9:30 AM
Where: 1508 Midway ( Greater Idaho Falls Assoc. of REALTORS Board Office; If you travel north down 17th, it's the first street, past K-Mart, on the left.)
Who: Any who has commercial property for sale
Cost: FREE
Why: A free tool to promote commercial properties to potential companies looking to expand/relocate here.

RSVP if you are interested in attending, send RSVP to this email as soon as possible.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

State, Federal Governments agree on INL Buried Waste Cleanup Plan Settlement provides long-term protection for Snake River Plain Aquifer (IDAHO FALLS)

DOE News Release For Immediate Release
July 1, 2008 Media Contacts: Brad Bugger, (208) 526-0833 Danielle Miller, (208) 526-5709 –

The State of Idaho and the federal government today announced their agreement to a cleanup plan for buried waste at the Idaho National Laboratory that provides for the long-term protection of the Snake River Plain Aquifer. The agreement implements a 2006 federal court order in coordination with ongoing Superfund cleanup of the area. It marks the end of six years of litigation between the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Idaho, and it will satisfy DOE’s commitment to Idaho to remove transuranic (plutonium-contaminated) waste buried at INL decades ago.

“This agreement reflects years of effort, scientific advancement, diligent follow-up, and most of all building trust,” Governor Otter said. “We enter into this agreement confident that it is in the best interest of the aquifer, the Idaho National Laboratory, and all Idahoans. With the support of my predecessors in this office, it represents our best effort – and our highest aspirations – for securing a safe and productive future.” “Today’s plan satisfies the requirements of Judge Lodge’s 2006 decision by requiring the removal of transuranic waste from Idaho, consistent with the court’s direction to protect worker safety,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

“Although our litigation was lengthy, it concluded in a sensible agreement to fulfill DOE’s commitment to Idaho.” “The Department of Energy is pleased to reach an agreement with the state of Idaho on a cleanup plan that assures the Snake River Plain is protected,” DOE Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management James A. Rispoli said. “After an extensive evaluation of technical data and careful consideration of public input, we believe this approach will be protective of the environment and ensure worker safety and our national security.”

Former Idaho Governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus, whose previous negotiations with DOE laid the foundation for today’s agreement, also attended today’s announcement. “This framework takes a practical, comprehensive approach to address an issue that does not have an easy solution,” former Governor Batt said. “It is an important step toward achieving a goal I set back in 1995 – proper cleanup of INL’s historic problems.”

“Finally, after all of these years, the federal government has agreed to comply with the removal of the transuranic waste that has been buried in Idaho for too long,” former Governor Andrus said. “EPA is glad to see this issue resolved.

The waste retrieval required by this settlement is consistent with the proposed cleanup strategy for site and an important step forward in dealing with the waste disposal legacy at the Idaho National Lab,” EPA Regional Administrator Elin Miller said.

The cleanup plan was developed after an exhaustive technical review and balancing of potential risks to the public, workers, and the environment. The plan takes into account public feedback to a draft proposal issued under the Superfund cleanup process. Most of the radioactivity from plutonium and other transuranic elements buried in the Subsurface Disposal Area is located in a small percentage of the waste volume. The plan identifies a range from 5.7 acres to 7.4 acres for shipment of no less than 7,485 cubic meters of targeted wastes most likely to be contaminated with transuranic elements (such as plutonium), as well as uranium, and volatile organic compounds (hazardous chemical solvents similar to cleaning fluids that move easily in groundwater). Retrieval areas were selected based on the densities of waste identified through disposal records and geophysical evaluations, and a review of factors that may affect the relative risks to cleanup workers, the public and the environment.

DOE will treat retrieved waste for shipment out of Idaho. The plan addresses remaining contamination in the Subsurface Disposal Area through a combination of continued vacuuming of hazardous chemical vapors, grouting of some more mobile contaminants, and a long-term cap. Long-term monitoring and reevaluation of cleanup performance at least every five years will assure the approach is protecting the public and safeguarding the aquifer.

The cleanup of the Subsurface Disposal involves two different legal processes: (1) removal of transuranic waste under the 1995 Settlement Agreement between the State and DOE, and (2) overall Superfund cleanup of contamination from the Subsurface Disposal Area. The legal documents that will work together to govern these two aspects of cleanup of the Subsurface Disposal Area are: 1. Agreement to Implement U.S. District Court Order dated May 25, 2006, subject to approval by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge. 2. Record of Decision for Waste Area Group 7 (a draft is in the review process by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Energy). The Subsurface Disposal Area at the INL began receiving waste in 1952. The area contains a wide array of radioactive and chemical wastes, located in approximately 35 acres of disposal pits and trenches in a 97-acre site. Transuranic (plutonium-contaminated) waste from the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado is distributed unevenly in pits and trenches in roughly 15 acres of the landfill. Cleanup of the Subsurface Disposal Area has long been the subject of disputes between Idaho and DOE.

In 2002, Idaho brought legal proceedings in U.S. District Court to determine DOE’s obligation to Idaho under the 1995 Settlement Agreement regarding transuranic waste in the Subsurface Disposal Area. In May 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge determined the 1995 Settlement Agreement obligates DOE to remove transuranic waste from the Subsurface Disposal Area, with safety of waste removal taken into account. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Judge Lodge’s decision. DOE has prepared a fact sheet regarding its performance under the Idaho Settlement Agreement and other legal agreements. More information is available at .