Eastern Idaho, which covers Southeast and East Idaho, is Idaho’s Research Corridor and the country’s premier region for science, technology and research. Eastern Idaho is a prime location for businesses requiring a large base of educated and trained talent to fill positions.
There are 50,000 students registered each semester between four major universities and colleges within the region – Idaho State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho and a satellite campus of University of Idaho. Businesses and potential new industries looking to tap into a large pool of ready-to-work talent to fill jobs will discover Eastern Idaho to be one of the best places in the nation to find employees.
Eastern Idaho also has the infrastructure businesses need to relocate and expand. Eastern Idaho offers accessibility by air, rail or interstate. Air services are provided by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Rail Freight services are provided by Union Pacific Railroad and the Eastern Idaho Railroad. Watco Transportation Services transloading services is also available.
Eastern Idaho is a rapid and aggressive growing region with sixteen diverse Counties. The Region offers a competitive cost of doing business with the lowest electricity rates in the nation. Companies benefit from low taxes, affordable industrial and commercial real estate, low utility costs, as well as access to a highly educated workforce. In Eastern Idaho, residents enjoy clean air, plenty of sunshine, diverse employment opportunities, affordable residential real estate, and an outdoor recreational paradise.
These are just a few reasons why Eastern Idaho is a great fit for companies to expand or relocate. Contact us to learn more.
2nd Largest Workforce in Idaho
90.4 Cost of Living Composite for the Region
81.7 Percent of population under 30 (Rexburg is recognized as Millennial City USA with one of the country’s largest group of young talent)
Four Institutions of Higher Education with more than 50,000+ students enrolled each semester
Home to five federal programs – Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), US Navy, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Homeland Security
A Collaborative Computing Center (C3) – host to one of the most impressive supercomputers - the Sawtooth - with approximately 100,000 computer processor cores. One of the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world.
World Class Science, Research, Cybersecurity & Innovation Hub – Home to one of the largest Department of Energy sites - the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Data Centers - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Data Center focused on cybersecurity posture for all DOJ components.
8 Key Medical Facilities with the only Burn Center (EIRMC) in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota
Agriculture Mega Center: #1 Potato Capitol in the World, #1 in Spring Wheat and #1 in Malt Barley
Four beautiful seasons, which equal impeccable Year-Round Outdoor Activities!
Explore over 160+ Trails, 46+ Parks, 12 Museums, 2 National Parks, 12 Golf Courses, 4 Art Centers, 3 Zoos, and 2 regional airports (Idaho Falls & Pocatello.) The possibilities are endless: Replenish your Zen for life with numerous indoor and outdoor activities.
E.I. Economic Dashboard
Eastern Idaho’s reputation as being “the place to locate your business and sustain a great quality of life” is backed up by solid data. A few highlights:
It's hard to beat the many benefits Eastern Idaho has to offer. Eastern Idaho stretches from the Utah/Idaho border to the South to the Idaho/Montana border to the North, as well as Montpelier to the East and Stanley and Challis to the West. We consistently rank at the top of the nation's "most livability" lists. Eastern Idaho is an exhilarating region with over 440,000+ people and growing. Eastern Idaho offers a fresh lifestyle where you can enjoy the activities of a big city without the pressure's city life brings.
Short commute times, less stress, great location for remote work, and more time for leisure activities. These are reasons why people, and businesses, are relocating to Eastern Idaho.
If you want to be part of a new frontier in your industry, now is the time to join the workforce in Eastern Idaho. As Eastern Idaho continues to grow and expand, there are endless opportunities to advance a career in just about any field. With four top colleges and universities in the region, and five federal programs, including we are home to the Idaho National Laboratory, Eastern Idaho has become an epicenter for innovative thinkers, a growing entrepreneurial spirit, and forward-looking business.
Come to Eastern Idaho and be part of the action. Learn more about our key industries.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and breathtaking landscape, Eastern Idaho offers spectacular outdoor activities such as skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, river rafting, and camping. The region is truly an invigorating venture for those who like to play as hard as they work. Click here to download more travel resources.
As diverse as the landscape, Eastern Idaho provides an exciting experience to meet all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.
Eastern Idaho is also a short drive to world-class destinations like Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Targhee Ski Resort and National Forest, Sun Valley Resort, and Sawtooth National Forest, just to name a few. Come and check out Eastern Idaho!
Golf one or all of Eastern Idaho’s prime golf courses. Whether you are a beginner or a Pro, you will find beautifully groomed courses and lots of sunshine. Come and check out one or all of our many golf courses in Eastern Idaho!
Hit the Slopes or the Lakes. From the first-time skier to the thrill seeker, Eastern Idaho provides ski slopes to fit all levels of skiers. In addition, Eastern Idaho provides 5-Star resorts to escape to.
Eastern Idaho is also well known for its beautiful lakes and reservoirs surrounded by tall, majestic mountains, and beautiful forests. If you love to camp, boat, or fish, Eastern Idaho should be the #1 location on your list.
Hike & Bike. Whether you’re looking for a challenging climb or a scenic weekend stroll, there’s unlimited options on the trails of Eastern Idaho. Check out these sites!
Experience the culture of Eastern Idaho by visiting local hot-spots and engaging in unique events, such as:
In Eastern Idaho, we are lucky to have unlimited resources for gaining an education or continuing your education. Between our four universities and colleges, over 50,000 students of all ages have access to the best educators offering hands-on real-world learning experiences - crucial to meeting the needs of current employers and employers seeking to locate their business to Eastern Idaho.
Eastern Idaho residents enjoy clean air, plenty of sunshine, diverse employment opportunities, and great outdoor recreational activities all across the region.
With a diverse economy, inexpensive land, low taxes, abundant resources, a ready workforce, great colleges and universities, and a low cost of living, Eastern Idaho has become one of the best places to live - and work!
If you are tired of getting stuck in traffic, and spending allot of time in your car to get to work each day, then Eastern Idaho is the place for you. In Eastern Idaho, it’s all about putting on your favorite tunes, setting the cruise control, and enjoying a relaxed commute.
No matter where you are in Eastern Idaho, you will find welcoming people with strong work ethics and innovative spirits – people developing cutting-edge processes and creating new technologies – helping their communities grow and thrive.