StateImpact Report Says Companies Take Idaho Money and Run

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Eleven private companies, after receiving more than $5 million in grants from the Idaho Department of Labor, no longer exist in the state.

In a report from StateImpact Idaho, a collaboration between Boise State Public Radio and NPR, reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders researched nearly a dozen companies that received workforce training grants from the state. In each instance, the companies either no longer operate in Idaho or shut down a piece of their Idaho business.

According to the IDOL, 200 businesses have been reimbursed more than $38 million to help train their Idaho employees. But Saunders found that the Idaho Labor Department does little-to-no follow-up.

"It's all in good faith on everyone's part," Jenny Hemly, the labor department's contract manager told StateImpact.

The most recent example of taking the money and running was Transform Solar, which announced it was shutting down its Nampa facility and laying off approximately 250 people. The solar cell manufacturer took $1.68 million in Idaho workforce training grants.