Bob Potter, who led Jobs Plus Inc. for 15 years, was honored at the economic development corporation’s annual luncheon at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Potter, 87, retired as president of Jobs Plus in early 2003.
Most of the companies Potter recruited are family-owned. They brought more than 3,900 jobs to North Idaho and made more than $325 million in capital investments in the area, according to the nonprofit corporation.
Potter is a former AT&T sales executive who moved to Hayden Lake from California to retire. Business leaders recruited him in 1987 to become the first president of Jobs Plus, formed to help diversify Kootenai County’s job base.