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Idaho Falls sees an increase in business

Idaho Falls sees an increase in business

When the economy tanked around the country, the same held true in downtown Idaho Falls. Now the downtown district is seeing a big increase.

Bob Everhart is the executive director of the Downtown Development Corporation, which works with people looking to start a business. He said there has been an increase in inquiries for starting a business.

"And that's based on the success of the businesses we already have here," he said.

One business that took a chance on downtown, and it's paying off. Janice McGeachin, co-owner of The Celt Pub and Grill, said the growth of downtown was too hard to pass up.

"We've never been in this business before," said McGeachin. "We felt Idaho Falls needed a place like The Celt."

The Chamber of Commerce helps businesses like The Celt grow. Jim Hammon, chairman of the board, said businesses are keeping them busy.

"We're back on a rise in membership," said Hammon. "We had been on a downward trend."

The growth doesn't stop there. Eric Isom, chief development officer of the Snake River Landing, notices an increase as well.

"We're getting more calls on a daily basis than we have in several years," said Isom.

He thinks there's a specific reason Idaho Falls is seeing such a bloom in business.

"We think there's a lot of pent-up-demand," said Isom. "A lot of people sat on the sidelines for the past four or five years."

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