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700-800 new jobs? BVEP said it landed a big (unnamed) fish

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The Boise Valley Economic Partnership lauded some “really really good news” on an unnamed employer locating to the Treasure Valley.

In an update posted by agency executive director Clark Krause on LinkedIn, BVEP said it landed a large project.

“We have heard from a company that they are coming to the valley,” Krause said. “This will be a huge win for the valley. They are looking to be in the valley in the first quarter of 2021. It is 700 to 800 jobs. So we’re very much looking forward to sharing more of that information with you.”

BVEP operates as a unit of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and works to attract employers to the greater Boise area. Krause’s note didn’t elaborate on who the employer is.

The message also said a new law aimed at attracting data centers to Idaho could bear fruit for a different project.

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“It has given us an opportunity to really go after some data centers,” Krause said. “We have had a huge project reappear, we’ll see how that goes. It looks like if it’s not that one, we’re going to get our lion’s share.  But this project that we are currently looking at would be one of the largest construction projects we’ve ever seen in the valley. It would be a lot of jobs for our construction companies, our developers, and a lot of our small businesses that would be servicing that facility on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.”

The legislation’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell noted that data centers don’t typically bring a large number of jobs, but the legislation set a ‘floor.’

 “They are very equipment-intensive,” Rice said according to The Idaho Press. “They have high-paying jobs. They do not have a lot of jobs, but this has a floor of 30 jobs that are high-paying in the data center.”

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