NORTH IDAHO INDUSTRIES
The picturesque beauty in North Idaho provides an abundance of natural resources that helped establish this community, whether it was in Agriculture, Timber, or Mining. Relying strictly on these industries can create a boom or bust economy, so over 30 years ago, community leaders formed our organization to strengthen these driving industries while also diversifying the local economy. These driving industries have changed drastically over the years, to remain important contributors to the economy. Empire Unmanned is using drones for precision irrigation and Idaho Forest Group is 3D scanning logs in their mills and automatically adjusting saw blades to yield the highest and best dimensional lumber. Hecla Mining is developing a vein miner that can be operated remotely while it is two miles underground. We have been able to grow while preserving the beauty and creating a thriving tourism sector as well. Moreover, as a region, our economy is significantly more diversified as shown by the Emsi report below. We invite you to explore information on the industries that have helped to diversify our economy and help further diversify and strengthen all industries.
AEROSPACE & AVIATION
With companies such as Unitech Aerospace, Empire Airlines, and xCraft operating out of Coeur d’Alene, Aerospace and Aviation play an important role in Kootenai County area industry.
BIOSCIENCE & HEALTHCARE
Healthcare contributes significantly to the local economy.
DISTRIBUTION & WAREHOUSING
We employ approximately 10,000 personnel to manage and support our clients. Employing Lean, 5S, and Design for Six Sigma Methodologies, we work diligently to improve our clients’ supply chain while reducing cost.
FINANCIAL & SERVICE CENTERS
The financial services industry plays a vital intermediary role in the world economy as it moves money from entities with excess funds to those with a need for funds. It includes firms that are engaged in activities such as investing, lending, insurance, securities trading, and securities issuance. Its clients are individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and agencies of government.
Companies in the high–tech manufacturing industry use much of the same processes that others do. They rely on the forming, casting, molding and machining that other industries use to make products.
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The information technology (IT) industry has become one of the most robust industries in the world. IT, more than any other industry or economic facet, has increased productivity, particularly in the developed world, and therefore is a key driver of global economic growth. Economies of scale and insatiable demand from both consumers and enterprises characterize this rapidly growing sector.
AEROSPACE & AVIATION
I-90 AEROSPACE CORRIDOR
Located along Interstate 90 between central Washington State across northern Idaho and into central Montana, the I-90 Aerospace Corridor is an integrated network of over 200 companies and organizations actively engaged in the aerospace industry.
The I-90 aerospace supply chain is one of the country’s most progressive integrated consortium of aerospace manufactures with a significant number of capabilities, quality assurances and certifications.
The I-90 Aerospace Corridor has:
2 Class 1 Rail Systems
25 Colleges and Universities
90,00 Students earning technical certifications to advanced degrees
250+ trucking companies
200+ aerospace & MRO companies
Spokane County is a critical access point for ground, flight and rail systems, and is ideally located for freight distribution east-west and north-south via Interstate 90 (I-90) and US 395/North Spokane Corridor (NSC).
The Spokane Airport processed over 3 million passengers and nearly 70,000 U.S. Cargo Tons in 2015 and is the second largest airport in the State of Washington and recognized by the FAA as a small hub.
Over 250 trucking companies service the I-90 corridor with an average drive time of 5 hours to the Puget Sound area offering streamlined daily point-to-point delivery service.
The I-90 Aerospace Corridor has capacity for growth with an abundance of affordable land available for development and underutilized FAA regulated airspace accessible for commercial and military use.
Plentiful greenfield with low population density surrounds Moses Lake. Combined with available hangar space, five massive runways and weather that allows for over 340 days of VFR flying per year makes this the ideal flight testing and training location along the corridor.
Over 200 trucking companies transport product along the I-90 corridor, an east/west rail system moves goods from coast to coast and Spokane International Airport offers multiple daily nonstop flights to Seattle and other destinations throughout the United States.
The region’s low cost of living, award-winning education, and lifestyle opportunities combined with the area’s competitive cost of doing business creates an outstanding environment for businesses. This is a unique and scenic location for you, and your employees and their families, to work, play and live.
“... AN INCREDIBLE AEROSPACE ECOSYSTEM. I SEE STRONG BUSINESSES, EXCELLENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKERS AND THEIR CHILDREN, AND A STRONG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CULTURE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW THE REGIONAL ECONOMY.”
– JOHN THORNQUIST, WASHINGTON STATE DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE
BIOSCIENCE & HEALTHCARE
One of our primary focus in this region is the growth of our healthcare industry. Examples of such growth are a brand-new expanded Mayo Clinic affiliated community hospital, Kootenai Health. By providing outstanding health care, Kootenai Health repeatedly earns regional and national recognition.
Educational opportunities in the health industry are exceptional with enrollment at NIC approximately 6,000; Spokane Community College at 6700 -with the latter serving closer to 20,000 students in eastern WA on various training programs. Plus, there is an additional 20,000+ students enrolled at Gonzaga, Whitworth, LCSC (Nursing Program), University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, WSU and University of WA Medical Programs in Spokane’s satellite campuses. A total of 55,000 students which includes the main campuses in Moscow, Pullman, and Cheney.
New solutions and new approaches are necessary with the complex nature of health care. MAX is a healthcare conference that brings together key decision-makers in the healthcare industry. By attending this event, you will see some of the most innovative medical solutions on the market. Innovators can spend minutes providing a demonstration to a room full of potential buyers along with gathering information from guest speakers. Last year’s event dinner included key speakers from IBM Watson Health, Inc. and John Hopkins:
• IBM Watson Health, operates a cloud-based data sharing hub that includes clinical, research, and social data from various health sources. It offers its solutions for doctors, researchers, and insurers. The company provides genetic testing services. Additionally, it offers personalized care plans, automated care management workflows, and integrated parent engagements. (
• Johns Hopkins has received more than $120 million from the US Defense Department to help pay for the development of a robotic arm over the past 10 years. Johnny Matheny is the first person to live with an advanced mind-controlled robotic arm. Last December, researchers from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab delivered the arm to Matheny at his home in Port Richey, Florida. Aside from the occasional demo, this is the first time the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) has spent significant time out of the lab. (https://qz.com/1194939/the-us-government-just-gave-someone-a-120-million-robotic-arm-to-use-for-a-year/)
So, having read what North Idaho has to offer, please consider relocating or expanding your healthcare business where you will find like-minded individuals/industries willing and able to work alongside one another to continue the growth of such an important industry in our region.
DISTRIBUTION & WAREHOUSING
Spurred by the growth of the region and the access to markets including Southwestern Canada companies like Orgill, Transamerica, FedEx, and Sysco are all finding success with distribution in North Idaho. Interstate 90 runs right through the region linking Seattle to Boston and US95 transects Interstate 90 and links to Interstate 15, creating a north-south route across the western states from Mexico to Canada. In addition to the North/South and East/West Routes, material can be moved beyond through the ports of Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and the furthest inland port, the port of Lewiston, located 113 miles south.
If you are interested in how the region could help answer your logistic needs and better serve the pacific northwest, we would encourage you to learn more.
The strong hospitality culture prepares the workforce to provide exemplary customer service in any situation. That, with the technical aptitude, fosters success for companies like Inspiro, Pipl, Qualfon, and US Bank. These companies employ over 1,000 employees.
North Idaho College student, Greyson Turner, created videos for the 31st CDA EDC Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. These videos feature some of the high-tech businesses in our region, showcasing what Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden, Idaho have to offer new business prospects.
Kootenai County is served by Frontier’s advanced digital network with cutting-edge switching technology and fiber deployment. Diverse route capability is in place via sonnet-based fiber rings connecting Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, and Hayden. Separate diverse fiber rings provide local network access to interexchange carrier points of presence (POPs), i.e., AT&T, Sprint, etc. Frontier provides local sales and service capability to design and install voice systems, data equipment, office automation, and fiber optic networks. More information: www.frontier.com