b'Technology-Based Economic Development HighlightsINLs Technology-Based Economic Development grant programINL TBED grant funding was used to create a MacBook lending awards funding for projects aimed at spurring technology-basedlibrary for the Inspire Idaho expansion event in Idaho Falls . This economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in theevent, open to all ages and skill levels, was designed to provide region . Projects that focus on connecting industry partners as wellapplication code training in the Apple Swift coding language for as universities, startups and economic development organizationslearners who could not purchase their own computers, allowing driving job growth can use this funding to develop business plans,them to upscale their employability through development of a identify opportunities and resources, support venture capitalnew skill set . Through a partnership with the University of Idaho activities and more .and Apple, 20 computers were purchased and made available as a lending library and to date, over 40 learners have been Technology-Based Economic Developmentimpacted by this donation . The learning community is ongoing, Grant Highlightswith a current enrollment of 23 participants . One individual has With funding support from a TBED grant, Clearwater Countycompleted the learning module, taking an application from idea Economic Development (CCED) and Clearwater RC&D, Inc . areto product . working to build the capacity of innovators across north centralIdaho Rural Partnership (IRP) received funding to complete Idaho . The projectIgniting Innovationwas kicked off in 2016community review activities in Ashton and Blackfoot . Members with INL support and has resulted in a small but powerful networkof the community review home teams worked with visiting of inventors, writers and food producers . Funding was used toprofessionals to develop an action plan for important initiatives purchase Solidworks, a Sindoh 3D printer and a high-performanceregarding economic development, infrastructure, community computer, all of which are now available for innovators to use atservices, opportunities for youth, poverty and homelessness, the CCED office .community identity and image, and community recreation . TBED TBED grant funding provided to the Idaho Technology Councilfunding also supported IRPs role in the Western Community paved the way for the second annual Idaho Knowledge Report,Assessment Network (WeCan) . WeCan is a three-year effort by IRP, which contains the necessary metrics to build a vibrant, morethe Montana Economic Developers Association and the Wyoming innovative economy . The 2019 Knowledge Report highlightsBusiness Council to collaboratively evaluate and increase the companies across Idaho that are leading disruptors in their region .economic and other impacts of our respective community The report studies important industry trends to shed light onassessment programs . Through TBED grant funding, IRP was opportunities and challenges facing Idaho businesses .also able to support efforts to increase broadband access and participate in the Governors Broadband Task Force .Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) used TBED grant funding to provide community education through 2019 IDAHO KNOWLEDGE REPORT community events across eastern Idaho as well as national events like Select USA . REDI also completed a yearlong effort to create a strategic economic development plan for eastern Idaho . Through their efforts, a Technology Leadership Committee and a Clean Energy Working Group were formed to train and educate area elected officials and support statewide efforts to expand understanding of carbon free nuclear energy .The College of Southern Idaho (CSI), Southern Idaho Economic Development (SIED), and Business Plus, Inc . partnered together to help military veterans find jobs in Idaho . TBED funding was used to further the efforts of attracting an experienced workforce, collaborating with career training partners, and partnering with private businesses to help the economy grow . With this funding, the CSI Foundation and SIED participated in two job fairs and reached out to 600 veterans on nine occasions about the positive attributes of working and living in southern Idaho . Additionally, they deployed a digital marketing campaign that reached over 335,000 veterans in the Western and Northwestern U .S . This project has assisted with filling jobs in southern Idaho and has strengthened the talent pipeline in Idaho across many industries .INL TBED funding paved the way for the second annual Idaho Knowledge Report.13'