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U of I gets ‘best value’ ranking in Forbes

The University of Idaho was ranked 25th in the newly released Forbes Magazine list of "Best Value" colleges across the country.

U of I was one of four universities in the western U.S. to make the list. The other 3 are Wyoming, BYU and University of South Dakota.

Any Vandals out there?

Gates Tops Forbes U.S. Rich List

Bill Gates tops this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth calculated at $59 billion. Forbes says the Microsoft co-founder saw his wealth increase by $5 billion from last year. Investor Warren Buffett ranks second with a fortune of $39 billion, though Forbes says the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chief executive's wealth shrank by $6 billion from a year ago. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three with a net worth of $33 billion, a $6 billion increase from last year/AP. More here. (AP file photo, of Bill Gates)

Question: Anyone know how much Duane Hagadone is worth?

Where are people moving to and from? This Forbes map shows 2008 patterns

We love any decent web visualization that explains interesting trends or developments. This map, developed for Forbes.com, nicely illustrates the movement of U.S. residents to and from different areas of the country during 2008.

The link is  here.

The map takes some time to load initially.

By clicking on the county you want, the resulting black or red lines illustrate the relative flow of population, to or from that location.

Click, for instance, on Kootenai County to see where people there have moved from.

My only quibble is that it's not fully up-to-date. It would be even better to have a data map for the years 2007-2010.

Forbes: Idaho No. 12 Best Biz State

But some areas are doing better than others, and for many of them, it isn’t an accident. Who’s doing the best job when it comes to fostering growth? Utah, according to our fifth annual look at the Best States for Business. The Beehive State captured the top spot in our rankings for the first time, after a four-year run by Virginia at the head of the list/Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes. More here.

Question: Is Idaho a good state to own a business, in your estimation?

Forbes: Idaho 7th Best Biz Climate

Forbes’ list of “Best States for Business” rated Idaho No. 7 out of 51. There is a great business climate here, as well as one of the best states in which to vacation. Idaho is loaded with geographic diversity and home to hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails and more whitewater than any other state in the lower 48. There are mountains and sand dunes to climb, lakes to fish, 18 ski resorts and water parks/Ken Brooks, Payson Roundup. More here.

Question: What attracted you to Idaho?

Obama Tops Forbes List

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House about health care reform  Sunday.

“U.S. President Barack Obama can add another accolade to his already long list of awards after being named the world’s most powerful person in an inaugural ranking by Forbes magazine.

Obama, whose popularity at home and abroad has boosted the image of the United States according to numerous surveys, topped the list that also features al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey as people wielding some influence over the world.” Story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091112/india_nm/india438903

Forbes: Spokane Is US ‘Scam Capital’

And Forbes magazine, apparently unimpressed with the official “Near nature, near perfect” city slogan in Spokane, today pronounced the Lilac City the “Scam Capital of America.”  From writer William Barrett’s story: Welcome to Spokane, Wash., a metropolitan object lesson in what can befall the unwary when rugged individualism is revered and consumers unsuspecting. The story paints the city as a sort of freewheeling frontier town. And I suspect it has city leaders doubling up on their blood-pressure medication this morning/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia.

Question: OK, those of us who live on the North Idaho side of the state line know that our communities are nicer than Spokane. But … “Scam Capital of America”? C’mon. What do you think Spokane should be known for?

Yay, another mention in Forbes…oh, wait…

And Forbes magazine, apparently unimpressed with the official “Near nature, near perfect” city slogan in Spokane, today pronounced the Lilac City the “Scam Capital of America.”

From writer William Barrett’s story:

Welcome to Spokane, Wash., a metropolitan object lesson in what can befall the unwary when rugged individualism is revered and consumers unsuspecting.

The story paints the city as a sort of freewheeling frontier town. And I suspect it has city leaders doubling up on their blood-pressure medication this morning.

Where the jobs are: go to Yakima, the Tri-Cities…

So says a quarterly survey by the staffing company Manpower, reported recently in Forbes. From the article:

Cities in the Pacific Northwest and Texas have the best employment outlook for April through June, while cities in the the Southeast have the weakest, according to the study.

Yakima’s 21 percent projected increase in employment — apparently due to a strong apple crop and processing — gave it “the strongest employment outlook in the country” for Q2 of 2009.

Kennewick was No. 2, with 19 percent growth expected. No. 3 was Anchorage, Alaska.

And the worst job prospects? Hello, Florida, hit hard by the construction bubble and then hit again by the tourism slump.

State Rep. John Driscoll — whose predecessor, John Ahern, frequently talked about “a great sucking sound” as employers took their jobs to nearby Idaho — said he was pleased by the news.

“Well, he indeed heard a sucking noise, but he had the direction wrong,” said Driscoll, D-Spokane. “The good jobs are coming here.”