REDI was created in 2015 as the lead regional economic development organization in Eastern Idaho - covering 16-counties in Southeast and East Idaho. The mission of REDI is to deliver economic development programs and services that foster a business-friendly environment; support business retention, expansion, and recruitment; provide workforce development, education and training in support of unlimited career opportunities for our citizens; increase entrepreneurship and research activities; and build community and regional partnerships that strategically enriches Eastern Idaho’s competitive position and the lives of Eastern Idaho’s citizens.
The mission of REDI is to deliver programs and services that foster a business-friendly environment; support business retention, expansion, and recruitment; provide unlimited career opportunities for our citizens; increase entrepreneurship and research activities; and build community and regional partnerships that strategically enriches Eastern Idaho's competitive position.
REDI brings together business, industry, city, county, academic, and community leaders to capitalize on Eastern Idaho's assets through investment, accelerated job growth, diversifying Eastern Idaho's economy, and matching existing workforce skillsets, infrastructure, and research capabilities to meet the needs of our region.
REDI drives a regional framework and vision based on data to propel growth and strategically align requirements for a strong economy that is adaptable and able to sustain long periods of economic growth, mitigate periods of economic decline, and build upon the strengths of Eastern Idaho.
REDI promotes regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment to target areas of Eastern Idaho’s economy where competitive advantages exists, prospects for future growth are the greatest, and return on investment is highest to capitalize on Eastern Idaho’s strong economic ecosystem.
Teresa McKnight is the CEO of the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI). McKnight is an entrepreneurial driven executive with more than 25-years’ experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, government relations, business and economic development. She has a strong background building public-public and public-private partnerships, consulting on strategic economic development and philanthropy initiatives, and moving new ideas to market. She is passionate about building long-lasting relationships between business, industry, university, government and community.
As CEO of REDI, Ms. McKnight works closely with community partners to promote economic development through expansion of existing business, attraction of new business, and promoting entrepreneurship and talent development in the region.
Prior to joining REDI, Ms. McKnight served as the Director of the State of Utah Incubation Enterprise and Technology Outreach Program. She led the development of the first statewide incubation program in Utah and negotiated the first-of-its-kind Partnership Agreement between the State of Utah and the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to working for the State of Utah, Ms. McKnight led the development of several large Innovation Districts in three different states that resulted in development of more than 500 acres, recruiting over 100 high-tech companies, creating more than 3500 high-tech jobs, and raising over $250 million in public and private dollars.
Ms. McKnight has received several honors and awards, including Excellence in Rural Economic Development Award from the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC and the Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award in Business. She serves on the Idaho Innovation Center Board, is a member of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and the Idaho Economic Development Association (IEDA). She earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Utah State University and a MBA from Utah Valley University.
As the Executive Assistant of REDI, Onnolee brings more than 25 years of customer service and office administration experience. She holds an AA in Business, a BA in Mass Communications from Idaho State University, and a MA in Management. Having spent much of her life in Idaho, Onnolee enjoys the outdoor lifestyle - fishing, swimming, hiking, and occasionally horseback riding with family and friends. Her hobbies include photography, sewing, and many forms of hand crafting. Onnolee is excited to be part of the REDI Team and to have the opportunity to work for an organization that serves Eastern Idaho businesses and communities.
Jacob has spent the last 4-years in Southeast Idaho and loves living in the area. Jacob is originally from Virginia where he grew up playing football and other sports.
Jacob will graduate from BYU-Idaho in May of 2023 with a BS in Data Science and Economics. His hobbies include hiking, outdoors, team activities, and board games. Jacob is excited to be part of the REDI Team and use his education to help those in the Eastern Idaho region – a region that he has come to love.
City and County Representatives
Corporate & At-Large Representatives
BYU – Idaho
University of Idaho
Idaho State University
President Kevin Satterlee
College of Eastern Idaho
President Rick Aman
Investors are the engine behind Eastern Idaho’s economic success.
Building a diverse and sustainable regional economy requires involvement of public and private enterprises.
As an Investor, involvement in REDI is up to you. REDI holds a variety of meetings throughout the year where updates are provided, impacts reported, and regional activities discussed. REDI also hosts multiple events throughout the year, which includes, “What’s Up in Eastern Idaho!” Annual Summit, brief Investors on the business scene at the state, city, and county levels, and report accomplishments and successes to-date – the Annual Report. In addition, REDI sends out newsletters and timely emails to keep Investors on the inside track of new developments in Eastern Idaho.
Contact CEO Teresa McKnight at tmcknight@rediconnects or by phone at (208) 522-2014 to learn more about REDI’s Investor Levels and Benefits and how you can get involved in fostering Eastern Idaho’s economic success!