Thursday, May 29, 2008

Local Kids Donate to Kids in Uganda

The 2008 Skyline basketball camp attendees came through big for NAI Commerce One broker Kaly Shippen this week, donating 150 basketball jerseys that will be given to kids in a war-torn region of Uganda this summer in conjunction with humanitarian basketball camps being organized by Kaly's former San Diego State basketball teammate Atim Otii.

"It was encouraging to see what an enthusiastic response we got from the Skyline kids. They are so willing to help out when given the opportunity", Kaly said.
Skyline's star center Robert Edwards even donated a collector's item #23 Michael Jordan jersey that will be a treasured prize for any kid.

Click here for KIDK Channel 3's news coverage of the donations from the morning session of the camp at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho:

Click here for more info. on the camps:

If you would like to donate to the cause, please contact Kaly Shippen at 757.8872 or email her at

Friday, May 23, 2008

Idaho Falls Ranks High in Housing Appreciation

According to MSN Money, Idaho Falls ranked 16 out of 292 U.S. metro areas in terms of housing appreciation.

Click here to see the article:

New Snake River Landing Video

Want to learn more about the exciting mixed-use waterfront development in Idaho Falls off the Sunnyside I-15 exit? Check out Snake River Landing's new video:

Monday, May 19, 2008

Eastern Idaho Commercial Real Estate Brokers Attend ICSC

NAI Commerce One brokers Steve Keim, Brent Butikofer, Clinton Arnold, and Melvin Rudd are in Las Vegas this week attending the world's largest retail real estate convention. Over 50,000 attendees are expected at Recon, hosted by ICSC.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NAI Global Analytics Expert Visits Eastern Idaho

George Anderson, NAI Global Vice-President of Market Analytics, is visiting Eastern Idaho May 12-15th to conduct a Retail Compass study on the Teton Valley in order to understand the market and project future vitality. Mr. Anderson is meeting with a variety of people including the head of the Driggs Urban Renewal District, Regional Economist Tanya Alban, Grow Idaho Falls Director Linda Martin, and representatives of key Teton Valley developers including Huntsman Springs in Driggs, River Rim Ranch in Tetonia, and Trail Creek Crossing in Victor, Idaho.

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Anderson gave a tremendous presentation at NAI Commerce One's bi-weekly staff meeting that gave an overview of the analytics services he provides.
"I was blown away by George's presentation," said Kaly Shippen. "I knew George had a lot to offer, but he is even better in person. This is exactly the type of information we need in order to more effectively market our properties. I am excited to start utilizing some of the resources that George introduced to us today, and even more excited to get the results of his study."

With over 20 years experience in the field of Geographical Information systems, NAI Market Analytics developed two unique programs that assist developers, retailers, brokers to navigate through a number of pragmatic steps to achieve their primary goal: “to understand whom your customer is today, in order to plan for your customer of tomorrow.”

The Retail Compass program is a deliberate process whereby we initiate a market discovery phase from the outset in order to lay a foundation of knowledge that is based on fact not fiction. Understanding the market today is key to projecting the future vitality not just of one particular location but the larger market.

The scope of the retail compass program varies somewhat from project to project; however, the key cornerstones to development of the program will include: Market segmentation of the primary, secondary and tertiary (tourist base) catchment zones, the market composition (inventory of who is present in the marketplace, retail gap analysis (share of wallet).
About NAI Commerce One
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Friday, May 9, 2008

YouTube Areva Video

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Areva Press Release from Grow Idaho Falls

AREVA Chooses Idaho Falls

Areva Inc. announced today it will build a $2 billion uranium enrichment plant near
Idaho Falls. Areva selected the site near the Idaho National Laboratory over potential sites in
five states.

Michael McMurphy, President of Areva Inc. said, “While we had several attractive sites
to choose from, we opted for Idaho Falls, which has strong ties to nuclear energy, and which welcomed AREVA and its proposed enrichment facility to become a new member of its community. We look forward to a productive and long-term partnership that will deliver diversity and strength to the regional economy.”

It will take two to three years to design the plant and receive state and federal
approvals. Construction is expected to take three to five years and involve as many as 1,000 workers. Once operational, the plant is expected to employ up to 300 people.

“Areva has the technology and the experience, and eastern Idaho has the workforce,
the infrastructure, the commitment to advancing nuclear technology and the critical
understanding of this industry. It’s a great match that will result in secure jobs and a stronger
economy,” Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter said. “This highlights the Idaho National Engineering
Laboratory’s importance to our entire state, and it shows what a great investment it was to
provide state funding for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the INL. We now have
public and private resources, industry and academics working together to bring about this new
opportunity. I’m grateful to the people of Bonneville County, to the local officials, to Grow Idaho
Falls, and to all those who helped make this announcement possible.”
The Idaho Department of Commerce and Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. worked together to
satisfy the 39 physical and economic criteria in a state to state comparison. Grow Idaho Falls
Inc., the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Science &
Technology, the City of Idaho Falls, and the Regional Development Alliance began drafting
legislation to accommodate the gaps in the tax structure.

“We were able to show that bringing this type of large, taxpaying, for-profit business to
Idaho would benefit the whole state, particularly in light of recent declining state revenues,” said
Linda Martin, Executive Director of Grow Idaho Falls Inc. Tim Solomon with the Regional
Development Alliance estimated the overall economic impact to the region would be
approximately $5.1 billion.

“I am very excited that Areva has chosen to do business in our community. What this
tells me is that Idaho must be doing something right to attract a company of this
magnitude. It also tells me if Areva wants to invest in our state, there will be others to follow,
and that would be a very exciting prospect. We could not have done this without the help from
many individuals throughout our community, the state, and our Congressional leadership. We
look forward to a long-lasting partnership with Areva,” said Mayor Jared Fuhriman of Idaho
The Idaho Legislature passed two bills during the 2008 session designed to make
Idaho competitive with other states by offering tax incentives. Local government and economic
development officials have been working with Areva for nearly a year in the effort to bring the
plant to eastern Idaho.

The Idaho Falls groups worked with a number of regional and local legislators, including Chairman Dennis Lake (R-Blackfoot), Chairman Brent Hill (R-Rexburg), and Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis (R-Idaho Falls). Gov. Otter, Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Cong. Mike Simpson (R-2 ID) made personal supportive calls during the deliberations, in the US and France. The local delegation gained support from across the state, especially from House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Moyle (R-Star), Rep. Jim Clark (RHayden Lake) and Rep. Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls) on the House floor, and Sen. Curt McKenzie (R-Boise) on the Senate floor.

(Pictured is representative Dean Mortimer, who supported the legislation.)

Areva Selects Bonneville County

HUGE news for Eastern Idaho came out today!


AREVA Selects Bonneville County, Idaho, for its Uranium Enrichment Facility


Bethesda, May 6, 2008 – AREVA Inc. announced today that it has selected the state of Idaho for its new U.S. uranium enrichment facility. The site is located in Bonneville County, 18 miles west of Idaho Falls, close to the Idaho National Lab.


The selection was made after an extensive technical, environmental, and socio-economical analysis of several potential sites throughout the United States. With its decision, AREVA will move forward to seek all necessary approvals from federal, state and local agencies, including a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct and operate the facility.  “The United States needs more clean energy to support its economic growth. To enable us to meet those needs we have to expand our domestic nuclear infrastructure, secure our supply of enrichment services, and reduce our reliance on foreign imports. This new enrichment plant is a critical part of this process,” said Michael McMurphy, President of AREVA Inc. He added,


“While we had several attractive sites to choose from, we opted for Idaho Falls, which has strong ties to nuclear energy, and which welcomed AREVA and its proposed enrichment facility to become a new member of its community. We look forward to a productive and long-term partnership that will deliver diversity and strength to the regional economy.”  The new state-of-the-art facility represents a multi-billion dollar investment that would create hundreds of high-skilled jobs during the construction and operation phases.  The Idaho Falls plant will provide enrichment services to U.S. nuclear plant operators using advanced proven centrifuge technology developed by the Enrichment Technology Company, Ltd. (ETC), an AREVA subsidiary, and world leader in enrichment services technology.  This centrifuge technology has been successfully deployed in Europe for more than thirty years, using 50 times less electricity than the gaseous diffusion process.


AREVA is a major supplier of enrichment services. It owns and operates the Georges Besse enrichment plant in France, which has safely operated for nearly three decades. AREVA is currently constructing a new gas centrifuge enrichment facility in France – Georges Besse II – which is expected to become operational in 2009.


To find out more, explore AREVA’s Uranium Enrichment Web site at:


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, Maryland.