Thursday, April 30, 2009

Boom Town, U.S.A.-- Pinedale Wyoming -- ABC World News Report

Where is the best place for job-seekers in the U.S.A.?

According to ABC's World News, Pinedale, Wyoming has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Charles Gibson reports:

My sister Kirby lives in Pinedale and forwarded me the link to this story. She works at the Pinedale Aquatic Center, a $20 million public facility that is featured in the clip. My brother-in-law works for a gas company in Pinedale. They enjoy living in Wyoming, and my family loves visiting because the Aquatic Center is such a blast. Pinedale is about 75 miles southeast of Jackson Hole.

If you have questions about Pinedale commercial real estate, don't hesitate to give us a call at (307) 734-8700 or email our Wyoming brokers Steven Keim or Meagan Hill.

Interested in Pinedale, Wyoming jobs? Check out the job board at Pinedale Online.

INL Announces Plans for $48 Million Leed Certified Energy & Research Building in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho National Laboratory has announced plans for a new flagship facility at its Idaho Falls campus. INL selected the Boyer Company of Salt Lake City to build a roughly 131,000-square-foot, $48-million building between the lab's two main Idaho Falls facilities. INL will occupy the building through a long-term lease agreement with the Boyer Company.

The new Research and Education Laboratory will act as the "front door" to neighboring campus facilities and become the interface between the public and the INL staff. It is conceived as a state-of-the-art laboratory that creates a collaborative environment between INL employees, partners and visitors. School field trips, conference attendees and visiting scientists will be able to use the space to collaborate on research and learn about INL and contemporary research activities.

The new facility will be Gold certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. Green buildings — also called "sustainable buildings," "resource-efficient buildings" or "high-performance buildings" — minimize the impact on the environment by using less energy and water, reducing solid waste and pollutants, and limiting the depletion of natural resources.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Portneuf Greenway Foundation to present at Pocatello Chamber Luncheon

Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce members will meet on Friday, May 1, 2009 for the monthly General Membership Meeting. Trade Tables open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and the meeting begin at Noon at the Red Lion Hotel - Pocatello. R.S.V.P. to the Chamber office at 233-1525 or

The program will feature the Portneuf Greenway Foundation. Since the inception of the Portneuf Greenway in 1992, the board has strived to complete a trail that will benefit the health and economic well being of the people living in Pocatello and Bannock County. Through additional funding we hope to connect the small pieces of trail into one continuous system from the Simplot Don Plant to the Portneuf Gap. This trail will be available to walkers, riders, and runners.

Many people wishing to change locations look at locations with outdoor recreational opportunities. We already have great mountain bike trails, skiing locations, fishing places and beautiful natural scenic areas. With the completion of the Portneuf Greenway, Pocatello will continue to attract the type of people who enjoy these amenities.

The luncheon is sponsored by Bangs Office Products.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Test Drive the Young Professionals Network on April 30th in Idaho Falls!

Are you a young professional over the age of 21? Join "Buddy" and the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network on Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the all new Teton Toyota at Snake River Landing on Sunnyside Road. Come test drive this exclusive organization for young professionals and help to fast track your social networking and professional development. Refuel after hours with appetizers and drinks, courtesy of the all new Teton Toyota!

Monday, April 20, 2009

American Land Institute To Offer Valuation Class in Idaho Falls

The American Land Institute will be hosting a Land valuation course April 22-23, 2009 in Idaho Falls, sponsored by First American Title. Students will participate in actual development strategies, site analysis, land valuation and general development law. The course material provides a hands on approach in the design, cost, expense and logistics of development. Other topics covered are Smart and Green growth, types of development, entitlement, financing, market data and demand.

Upon completion of the course students will be familiar with: methods of establishing market value from a developer’s perspective, analyzing the feasibility of a site for development, legal descriptions, the process of development, identifying highest and best use and implications of easements. A calculator is recommended, however, only entry level math will be used. Tuition for the course is $195. 16 hours of CE is approved for this course by the IREC for license renewal in Idaho.

The class will be taught by Doug Ferguson, ALC and CLC and President of the Idaho chapter of the American Land Institute.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hard Hat Steakhouse Ribbon Cutting on Monday at Snake River Landing

Hard Hat Steakhouse and Grill
Monday, April 20, 2009
10 am, 1175 Pier View Dr
Snake River Landing

For more information, please call (208) 523-3675.

Check out Jeremy Taylor from Z103 at Hard Hat Steakhouse during its construction:

Wind Farm News: Ridgeline Energy enters into power purchase agreement for Idaho project

The Idaho Business Review reported Thursday that Ridgeline Energy, a Seattle-based firm with wind developments in eastern Idaho, has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison to deliver between 90 MW and 130 MW of power from its Goshen Phase II project east of Idaho Falls.

The project, a joint development between Ridgeline and BP Wind Energy, has been through the permitting process and is ready to be built.

Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jackson Hole Ranked in list of Top Ten Adventure Towns

Tourism recently ranked Jackson Hole third in its list of the Top Ten Adventure Towns of the World, touting it as a place that "lives from adrenaline tourism". Jackson Hole gets 459" of average snowfall! Check out the article here. If you want to talk to a Jackson Hole expert (in adrenaline tourism AND commercial real estate), contact Meagan Hill at the NAI Jackson Hole office!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Need Some Inspiration?

Okay, this isn't a post on commercial real estate or local / regional / national news. But I just watched the most surprising video from a taping of Britain's Got Talent, and it's worth watching...more than once.

Embedding has been disabled on this video so you'll have to follow the link to YouTube, but it's already got 2 million hits and it's just the beginning. Be prepared to meet an amazing lady named Susan Boyle, who I daresay will soon be a household name.

Here you go:

Enjoy! --Kaly

Idaho Falls Students Tour AREVA Facility in France

Check out the story in River City Weekly on twenty members of the Idaho Falls Mayor's Youth Advisory Council who recently toured AREVA's Georges Besse II Uranium Enrichment Facility as part of a weeklong trip to France, sponsored by AREVA. Their proposed Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility is currently going through the licensing process required under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 that can take up to 30 months to complete.

Friday, April 10, 2009

National Geographic Brings Worldwide Attention to the Teton Valley, Greater Yellowstone Region

National Geographic has released its newest geotoursim map guide, which features the Greater Yellowstone Region. On that map lies a yet-to-be-built Greater Yellowstone Geotoursim Center in Driggs. This gives Driggs a tourism endorsement from National Geographic that’s “worth its weight in gold,” said Chamber of Commerce President Reid Rogers, who is spearheading the initiative.

Read the full article here in the Teton Valley News.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Jackson Hole News & Guide Article on May 1st PowerSale

Check out the article by by Kevin Huelsmann of the Jackson Hole News & Guide on the upcoming PowerSale!
2 big Victor parcels head to Web auction: 1 is 60 acres; the other is 25 acres.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, April 8, 2009:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eastern Idaho Apartment Association Meeting to Feature Idaho Falls Mayor

The monthly Eastern Idaho Apartment Association meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the James Madison Taylor Building conference room at 1075 utah Avenue in Idaho Falls. The featured speaker will be Mayor Jared Fuhriman who will speak on challenges facing the city of Idaho Falls in the next 18 months. City planning expert Renee Magee will also be presenting.

Last month's meeting featured a roundtable sponsored by NAI Commerce One brokers on investment returns of alternative real estate investments. The panel included Doug Powell, Brent Butikofer, and Steven Frei.

For more information on the association, please contact Doug Powell at (208)525-8088.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Teton Valley Seminar Presented by Windermere Real Estate & Targhee Hill Estates

If you haven't been to one of Julie Bryan's seminars, you are missing out! Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about the Teton Valley market. --Kaly


Teton Valley, An Emerging Market

April 9th, 2009 from 2-5p.m. at the Timberline Bar Conference Room

Victor, Idaho

Followed by a 5-6 p.m. Social Hour

Sponsored by Windermere Real Estate & Targhee Hill Estates

Presenting a Market Report, Analysis, and Discussions regarding the Teton County, Idaho supply of real estate and current market conditions. This powerful informative meeting will provide information and valuable discussion for anyone involved with Teton County real estate.

Guest speakers include

    • Julie Bryan, Owner/Broker of Windermere Real Estate, and Bill Coleman;

Power Point presentation discussing supply, median price ranges, development projects in the Teton County, Idaho “pipeline”, and, current PUD ordinance impacts

    • Reid Rogers; Chamber of Commerce Teton County, Idaho

Report regarding the sponsorship of the Greater Yellowstone Center by National Geographic, Grand Loop and Scenic By-Way corridor, Urban Renewal, Grants attained by the Chamber, updated marketing report.

    • Doug Self; Driggs City Planning.

Issues and Plans underway for Driggs City planning

    • Bill Knight; Victor City Planning.

What is currently underway with Victor City planning

    • Patrick Vaile; Teton County Planning Director,

Impacts of and working with the new PUD Ordinance, Development, Areas of Impact information

    • Mike Potter, of PC Development, and Bill Coleman, of Targhee Hill Estates;

Development Issues facing Teton County, Idaho

    • Steven Keim and Meagan Hill, introducing the new NAI Global commercial real estate company in Driggs and and Jackson Hole—NAI Commerce One / Jackson Hole
    • General Discussions and Q&A
    • Social Hour

Attendees will receive a copy of the power point presentation

This is your opportunity to get the broad and accurate picture of data surrounding the Teton County Development

Contact Julie Bryan to register for this free seminar. Space is limited.

Julie F. Bryan

Broker/Owner, Windermere Real Estate/Teton Valley/Jackson Hole