For the last four years, progress on the proposed Jackson Hole Junction Commercial Center in Idaho Falls has been a tedious process.

But this process is finally producing results, as ground was broken April 2 on the 44-acre site between Interstate 15 and Sunnyside Road.

Matt Morgan, managing member of Jackson Hole Junction LLC, is relieved and excited at the prospects of this new development, after working with multiple landowners and government officials to make it a reality.

“It’s been a long, difficult process,” Morgan said. “It took 18 months to assemble a deal with the five different landowners to where we had control over the 44 acres. And that was just to make the development possible.”

Jackson Hole Junction will consist of two hotels, in addition to retail, business, and dining options, Morgan said. Construction is expected to begin this summer on its first project, a 100-room Holiday Inn hotel, with an anticipated opening in summer 2019.

Construction of the Jackson Hole Junction Commercial Center also will include new traffic signals and a five-lane road into the development off of Sunnyside Road.

“It was about a year’s worth of work figuring out where that was going to land, and getting those approvals,” Morgan said.

Three other national and regional retail tenants also have signed letters of intent to bring a business to the development, with announcements pending in the next few weeks.

“There’s just a lot of progress going on, daily weekly, and monthly,” Morgan said. “And it’s going to continue throughout the summer.”

Blackfoot introduces

new investor tool

In an effort to promote further economic development, the city of Blackfoot has introduced a new tool to help locate potential investors and companies.

“The Black Pack” is an inclusive incentives packet, designed to offer investors a closer look at the greater Blackfoot market. The packet includes current workforce statistics, as well as business tools, zoning maps and business incentives available through local, state, and federal programs.

“The Black Pack” was created after multiple requests for essentially the same information each time an entrepreneur came to the area for a site visit, according to a city news release. City officials hope the packet will help city staff answer investor requests in a more timely and detailed manner.

For more information on the project or to receive “The Black Pack,” contact Julie Ann Goodrich at

Eastern Idaho represented

on ‘investment trip’ to Japan

Several local representatives are traveling to Japan this week to meet with foreign businesses regarding investments in eastern Idaho.

Representatives from the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI), participants from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Idaho Department of Agriculture, University of Idaho, and state Sen. Kelly Anthon, of Burley, will meet with members of the Sakae Casting/Ohzen organization from Wednesday to April 18. Discussions will focus on additional research and development opportunities as a result of a recent Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant, a REDI news release said.

Sakae Casting/Ohzen in Tokyo also will host the team for three days to discuss next steps in the Idaho Department of Commerce’s award of a nearly $238,000 IGEM grant and connect team members with other Japanese businesses interested in investing in in the state.

Jan Rogers, CEO of REDI; Dr. Marc Skinner, executive officer of the University of Idaho’s eastern region; and Anthon will travel separately for two days to Idaho Falls Sister City, Tokai, and meet with local university and agriculture leaders to promote Idaho’s extensive research, development and agriculture capabilities.

Cloudnine Agency receives A-plus

rating from national organization

The Home Care Standards Bureau has given a local home care agency its highest rating for its quality of care.

Idaho Falls-based Cloudnine Agency LLC recently received an A-plus certified rating from the Standards Bureau for meeting the standards of extensive background checks and annual training for all caregivers, a Cloudnine news release said. The Standards Bureau vets more than 20,000 home care agencies in the United States for its national certification program.

A-plus certified agencies such as Cloudnine Agency must submit regular disclosure statements to ensure that all standards are being maintained. The certification also makes Cloudnine Agency subject to planned and surprise audits by the Standards Bureau.

Cloudnine Agency offers a wide variety of services, including senior, personal, and respite care. This includes companionship, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, medication reminders, errands, doctor visits, and specialty care to clients throughout the surrounding regions, according to a news release.

For information, visit

Idaho State Police offering

alcohol beverage training

In an effort to prevent the improper sale of alcohol, the Idaho State Police are offering free training for the serving and selling of alcohol.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 25 at the Idaho State Police Training Room, 5255 S. 5th Ave., Pocatello. To learn more about the event, contact Detective Horacio Caldera by calling 208-680-6594 or emailing

Attendees will receive lessons in preventing over service of customers, identifying underage customers, current Idaho laws, penalties and sanctions, and prohibited activities.

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