REDI ANNOUNCES HIRING OF DANA KIRKHAM AS STAR DIRECTORIDAHO FALLS, ID – September 5, 2017 – REDI announced today that Dana Kirkham, current Mayor of Ammon, has been hired as the region’s Science Technology and Research (STAR) Director. She will begin part-time with REDI on September 11 moving to full time when her mayoral duties end in December. “We are excited to have Dana Kirkham join our staff in this important position dedicated on our region’s science, technology and research (STAR) sector,” said REDI CEO Jan Rogers. “With her background in working at the federal government, CIA and State Department, and her strong legislative experience, Dana will bring impressive skills to support STAR efforts throughout the region,” she said. Kirkham will be the point of contact on this growing and vital industry cluster, serving as the primary spokesperson for topics and actions tied to STAR industry representatives. “I look forward to supporting Eastern Idaho’s vast STAR industries while focusing specifically on federal programs across the region. Managing and expanding these key sectors will benefit the whole region by creating more STAR related opportunities,” Dana Kirkham stated. Eastern Idaho is anchored with the largest concentration of higher education opportunities in Idaho, a Department of Energy national laboratory, three additional major science and research labs, and advanced manufacturing. Hiring Kirkham as STAR Director is vital to moving this industry cluster forward and is strongly supported by Idaho National Laboratory, Fluor Idaho and numerous industry partners.