Regional Profile

Location

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Nestled between the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states and two national parks – Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons – is the 14-county region of Eastern Idaho. The cities of Idaho Falls and Pocatello are ranked as the 4th and 5th largest cities in Idaho and are approximately 45 miles apart. With a combined population of 366,611, the region has the second largest workforce in Idaho with approximately 183,381 employees (Read More).

Eastern Idaho is home to two major universities within less than 80 miles of each other – Idaho State University (ISU), www.isu.edu, in Pocatello and Brigham Young University Idaho (BYU-I), www.byui.edu., in Rexburg. Combined they register over 30,000 on campus students every semester. The region is also home to University Place in Idaho Falls, which houses students from ISU, the University of Idaho and others. Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC), also in Idaho Falls, rounds out the educational and talent development opportunities in the region.

http://labor.idaho.gov/publications/lmi/pubs/Eastern.pdf
http://labor.idaho.gov/publications/lmi/pubs/southeastern.pdf

Business Infrastructure

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Eastern Idaho has the infrastructure businesses need to relocate, build and expand:

Accessibility by air, rail or freeway
Affordable industrial, commercial and residential real estate
Blazing bandwidth and telecommunications
Low energy costs with sustainable carbon-free options

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport is served by Sky West-Delta Connection, United Airlines and Allegiant Airlines. Flights to hundreds of destinations through Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco and Long Beach California. The Pocatello Regional Airport is served by Sky West-Delta Connection to Salt Lake City and to many destinations beyond.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Pocatello Airport

Rail Freight services are provided by Union Pacific and the Eastern Idaho Railroad. Watco Transportation Services  has more than 25 years of experience in lumber, steel and bulk industries and provides an integrated one-on-one partnership with its customers that only short line operations can. Transloading services are also available.

Eastern Idaho has some of the lowest electricity rates in the nation and is served by Idaho Power, Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Falls Power.
Idaho Power
Rocky Mountain Power
Idaho Falls Power

High-Tech Research

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The Idaho National Lab, a vital part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s system of national laboratories, is located within our region. Its headquarters are located in Idaho Falls. The lab performs work in all of the strategic goal areas of the DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. The lab is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the lab is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance. The INL nuclear facilities are located on the desert about 45 miles west of Idaho Falls.

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image3INL’s scientists and engineers make important contributions in the area of national and homeland security. These professionals are
internationally recognized for their capabilities in critical infrastructure protection and nuclear nonproliferation. The 890 square mile facility includes unparalleled assets such as a utility-scale electric power grid for improving grid reliability and security; a wireless communications user facility available for commercial and government sponsored research; and key capabilities for performing cyber and control system research, explosives impact analyses, armor development and radiological training. In the areas of energy and environment, the INL professionals are addressing energy production challenges with contributions in renewable energy integration, transportation, transformation, energy critical materials, biomass feedback assembly, and advanced manufacturing.
In addition to the Idaho National Laboratory, our region is home to the Center for Advanced Energy Research (“CAES”) , a research and educational consortium between Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Wyoming, and the Idaho National Lab.

In addition to conducting research in all vital aspects of energy, CAES boasts a laboratory that contains a four-walled 3D computer assisted virtual environment, or CAVE ™, that allows scientists and engineers to literally walk into their data and examine it. CAES also houses an IQ-station, a portable 3D system designed by staff at the Idaho National Lab’s Center for Advanced Modeling and Simulation. With these systems, researchers can view their data in ways not possible on a traditional 2D computer screen. CAES operates the CAVE as a user facility so that universities, government agencies, and businesses can use it to solve problems.
Idaho State University in nearby Pocatello is home to the Idaho Accelerator Center and the Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (“RISE”) Complex.. The Accelerator Center image6contains 10 operating accelerators that are used in research by the university, researchers at the INL and the private sector. The Center has three laboratories: on the university campus, in the University’s Business and Research Park and at the Pocatello Airport. It provides opportunities for scientists and engineers from the University, the private sector and the national laboratories to utilize specialized nuclear facilities. It serves as a principal investigating conduit for R&D in nuclear physics applications in materials science, biology, homeland and national security.

image5The RISE Complex is a one-of-a-kind facility housing some high-tech research equipment not found anywhere else in the world. Research at RISE varies from developing advanced radiation detectors that measure fuels inside nuclear reactors, to using electron accelerators to scan cargo containers, to growing giant crystals to support nuclear science and engineering programs and grow new and cutting-edge semiconductors. More….
Capabilities at the complex include: a Nanotech Fabrication Laboratory, an Applied Microscopy Laboratory, a NanoRad Fabrication Laboratory, a Crystal Growth Laboratory, a Homeland Security Laboratory, a Semiconductor Processing Laboratory, a Wet Chemistry/Extraction Laboratory, a Radio-Bio Safety Laboratory, a High Power Laser/Optics Laboratory, and a Human Interactive Environment Simulation Laboratory.

Medical Hub

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Bingham-Memorial-Hospital
The Eastern Idaho Region is a medical service hub serving the growing need for medical services for patients in several states. In addition to having three modern hospitals, a cancer center, and a cardiac center, there are a multitude of supporting diagnostic facilities, medical laboratories, outpatient facilities, and medical support businesses.
The three largest facilities in the region are the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (“EIRMC”) located in Idaho Falls, image7Bingham Memorial Hospital www.binghammemorial.org, located in Blackfoot, and the Portneuf Medical Center (“PMC”) located in Pocatello.

These facilities offer the full range of inpatient and outpatient services with highly qualified and trained medical professionals. In addition, Mountain View Hospital is a small hospital owned and operated by local physicians and providing a full complement of inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, and rehabilitative services. The Teton Cancer Institute is an affiliate of Mountain View Hospital. It serves as a full-service cancer center for people across the region. It has a pediatric chemotherapy room and 18 treatment bays for adults.

Quality of Place

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image12Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – Eastern Idaho offers visitors and recreation enthusiasts a spectacular year-round experience. You can literally enjoy any recreational experience you desire within up to a half day’s drive…except swim in the ocean! Home to Island Park, the Snake River, St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Lava Hot Springs, three ski resorts and adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Craters of the Moon National Monument, our region is practically headquarters for outdoor adventure. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain image11biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and virtually every outdoor activity you can imagine are available here. Eastern Idaho is renowned in the fly fishing word as well, with anglers coming from afar to fish Henry’s Lake, Bear Lake, and the Upper Portneuf river.

Things to do in Eastern Idaho
Things to do in South Eastern Idaho

image13Eastern Idaho also has several cultural venues which host thrilling shows and events. It is home to the Idaho Falls
Art Council, the Willard Colonial Theater, the Museum of Idaho, the East Idaho Art Museum, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, the Idaho Falls Symphony, and the Idaho Potato Museum. Cultural events are routinely held at Idaho State University and BYU-I and various other venues throughout the region.

Idaho State University’s 123,000 square foot L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Art Center contains state-of-the-art performance space. The facility’s Jenson Grand Concert Hall contains more than 500 fiberglass-reinforced gypsum panels which allow the concert hall to be computer tuned. Two ceiling canopies allow the acoustics of the hall to be computer-adjusted, making the center a hit with both performers and audiences.

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Other things to do in the region include visiting the Tautphaus Park Ice Rink used by hockey teams and ice skaters of all ages; watching the Chukars, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Kansas City Royals in the Pioneer League, play ball each summer at Melaleuca Field; watching and/or betting on thoroughbred races at Sandy Downs; and attending the War Bonnet Roundup, the longest running rodeo in Idaho.

The Tautphaus Park Zoo houses over 350 animals, making it the largest zoo in Idaho. The zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan ® for 14 different species, including Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers, and Red Crowned Cranes. In addition the Yellowstone Bear World, located in Rexburg, offers an up close and personal experience with bears and includes a petting zoo with opportunities to bottle-feed bear cubs.