For decades, our community has been leading the world in the development and testing of nuclear energy technology. Today's focus on sustainable, carbon-free energy has put us back in the spotlight, with programs for the development and use of hydrogen power, as well as biofuels, wind, geothermal, and fossil resources. There is a multitude of opportunities and incentives for energy-related companies, including commercialization programs between national labs and private industry that facilitate technology transfer, and a growing number of research parks and incubators.
The Idaho Falls area is a medical service hub for the region, serving the growing medical needs of patients from Idaho's Snake River valley, Yellowstone, and Teton areas of Montana and Wyoming. In addition to having two modern hospitals, a cancer center, and a cardiac center, there are supporting diagnostic facilities, medical laboratories, outpatient facilities, and medical support businesses. There is always room to make your medical business part of our community.
Potatoes, Idaho's most famous commodity, along with wheat, barley and more, are grown in the rolling fields surrounding the city. A complimentary array of facilities for creating value-added products — biofuels, distilled spirits, malt, and potato flakes — abound as well. Some of the nation's leading food technology developers call the area home. If you are looking to add value to agricultural commodities, or to develop new products and processes for the food industry, Idaho Falls is the place to be.
Idaho Falls is only 100 miles fromYellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and Craters of the Moon National Monument. The Jackson Hole and Sun Valley resort communities are an easy day or weekend trip. And nearby are 12 wilderness areas, 11 national forests, 8 ski areas (Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley and Big Sky, to name just a few), and too many trout streams to even begin to count. The hunting is legendary, the hiking, climbing, and kayaking are beyond words. With such abundant recreation, we have an incredibly profitable industry based on tourism. This includes hospitality-based businesses, recreational equipment manufacturers, and all the attendant services required to meet the needs of the millions passing through each year.