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"What's Up in Eastern Idaho!" Third Annual Conference Full Program of Speakers Announced

IDAHO FALLS, ID -- (October 10, 2022) – Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) announces nationally recognized innovation expert, Pete Newell, will keynote REDI’s, “What’s Up in Eastern Idaho! – POWER OF PLACE Third Annual Conference, to be held on October 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference will be held at the Melaleuca Global Headquarters in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Pete Newell is a nationally recognized innovation expert whose work is transforming how the government and other large organizations compete and drive growth. A retired Army Colonel and former director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, he is the CEO of BMNT Inc., an internationally recognized innovation consultancy and early-stage enterprise accelerator that helps solve some of the hardest real-world problems in national security, state, and local governments, and beyond.

“Pete is a creative and thought-provoking leader and speaker. We are honored he accepted to keynote this year’s conference and share his experience and expertise with those in attendance,” states Teresa McKnight, CEO of REDI.

REDI has also secured Dr. Kathryn Huff as a guest speaker. Dr. Huff leads the Office of Nuclear Energy as the Assistant Secretary. Prior to her current role, she served as the Senior Advisory in the Office of the Secretary. Dr. Huff also led the office as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy.

“Dr. Huff is a dedicated advocate of nuclear energy and brings extensive knowledge of the modeling and simulation of advanced reactors and the role nuclear plays in the transition to a clean energy economy,” states McKnight.

You can find a complete line-up of speakers at power-of-place-program-master.pdf (


Registration closes on Wednesday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m.:

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