The second IDA meeting using the new social format was a great success with about 25 people attending.
Our featured speaker was Mr. Bill Jhung Director of the North Idaho College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Post Falls Campus. Bill explained what the SBDC has to offer and brought Mr. Ben Toews President of Bullet Tools to tell the story of how Bullet has grown and what valuable lessons were learned in Bill’s “Entrepreneurial Leadership Training Course“. Ben’s company Bullet Tools was featured a few years back on the ABC morning television show “Good Morning America”.
We were honored to have a surprise attendee Mr. Burt Rutan known the world over for his aircraft designs over a 46 year period in the California desert before moving to Coeur d Alene several years ago. Everyone in the group had time to visit with Mr. Rutan in addition to others like Murdo Cameron of Cameron Aircraft just to name a few.
IDA member company Tamarack Aerospace Group held a groundbreaking ceremony July 31st for their new facility at Sandpoint Idaho Airport.
IDA President Jim Glenn attended the event and was treated to an exciting low level flyby with the pilot banking the aircraft to show Tamaracks winglet system. Tamarack’s President Nick Guida gave an overview of the system which is pretty technical but simply put extends the distance an aircraft can fly by reducing fuel consumption, improving range, and increasing the load the airplane can carry. You can find out all of the details on their website http://www.tamarackaero.com
The groundbreaking was for Tamaracks new FBO or Flight Based Operation at Sandpoint Airport. About 100 visitors including local and state officials toured the staked out ground where the new facility is being built. Different colored stakes designated current and future phases which will be built as the company grows. When the construction is complete they expect to create about 150 new jobs for the area.