About Idaho Business

Idaho has a broad diversity of industry, from manufacturing to technology to agriculture. The largest employers in the state are St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology -- one of the world's largest manufacturers of DRAM -- and Hewlett-Packard Co., which has most of its Imaging and Printing business based in Boise. Idaho is also home to the giant J.R. Simplot Co., Hecla Mining and the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Products in these sectors and others are used by consumers around the world. Idaho's top exports are high-tech, agricultural and wood and building products. Idaho has clusters in outdoor products, alternative energy, and aeronautics.

This is also a great place to start a new business. Idaho has the nation's second-lowest energy costs, ranks first for patents per capita, and 5th for best economic outlook. The state also has the fifth lowest crime rate in the nation.

Residents find our cities to be great places to live. Life Magazine called Boise the 8th "most underrated city in the West," and both Idaho Falls and Meridian were named as Top 100 Towns by CNN Money.com. Lewiston was named the most secure city in the country two years in a row by Farmer's Insurance. And while we believe all our cities are beautiful, USA Today/Rand McNally called Sandpoint the "most beautiful small town in America."

Take a look at our incentives, news and story ideas, and economic development contacts from around the state. If you need any assistance, visit our contacts list and we'd be happy to help.