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Idaho Falls Visitors Guide 2010

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MAYOR’S WELCOME a $2 billion uranium enrichment facility 18 miles west of Idaho Falls. This project is now in its licensing stage with the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), and is planned to be operational by 2014. The second distinction is Idaho Falls’ Greetings and welcome to Idaho Falls. Whether you are traveling through our beautiful City, here on business, or perhaps planning to move into our area, I extend a warm welcome to all and hope your expe- rience here will be a memorable one. The City of Idaho Falls has two basic distinctions. One, it is the regional hub in Eastern Idaho. We are a focal point for agriculture, transportation, medicine, and commerce—with a steady growth in our high tech and expanded science sector, thanks to being the home of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development. The list of INL spin-off businesses is impressive, thereby adding a stable component to our overall business portfolio. The addition of the new Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) building is another excellent example of the partnership developed between the INL and Idaho’s public universities. AREVA, a scientific research and devel- opment climate-led French-owned energy services company has proposed building recognition in the travel industry as a “Gateway” to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, coupled with the diverse recreational opportunities and the mag- nificent geographic makeup of our unique region, provides an array of outdoor activi- ties which can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Greenbelt along the Snake River is one of our precious gems which af- ford a wonderful location for walking or bicycling—not to mention the vast variety of restaurants and fine dining; the City’s Tautphaus Park Zoo, which houses the largest collection of wildlife in Idaho, is home to over 400 animals from six conti- nents, representing 100 different species (also known as the best little zoo in the west). Attractions such as the Museum of Ida- ho, with its premier exhibits and dedica- tion to preserving the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West; the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho— southeastern Idaho’s only art museum, hosting exhibits by Idaho artists from across our magnificent state; the Idaho Falls Arts Council presenting quality visual and performing arts, along with promot- ing artistic organizations and events in our FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IDAHO FALLS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Idaho Falls: Naturally Refined Visitors to the Idaho Falls area have long been aware of the outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities avail- able here, however, many are not as aware of the tremendous diversity of other activities to be found in our town. We are hopeful that this Visitors Guide will provide a glimpse of the balance of recreation and culture that can be experienced during your stay here. Located at the western base of the Rocky Mountains and serving as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Idaho Falls is truly an outdoor paradise. However, the town also has it’s own symphony, chamber orchestra, opera, live theatre venues, art museums, zoo, and The Museum of Idaho. Accommodations can be as diverse as a luxury suite with a view of the Idaho Falls greenbelt to a campground nestled along a mountain stream. Dinner plans may be as simple as a picnic overlooking the downtown waterfall or the elegance of continental cuisine in any of several fine restaurants. You may spend your days flyfishing on the blueribbon waters in the area, playing golf in a setting to be remembered or enjoying the arts, music or theatre. No matter what your interests, Idaho Falls will be the kind of experience you will want to repeat. Feel free to visit our website at or contact us at 866-356-6943 and we will be glad to for- ward specific information to you. Bob Everhart VISITIDAHOFALLS.COM 5 region; the Idaho Falls Symphony; and the Idaho Falls Opera Company, showcase the diverse variety of cultural opportunities Idaho Falls offers. It’s no wonder that over the years, Idaho Falls has received numerous national recognition awards as one of the best cities to find employment, is ranked as one of the top small MSA cities (Metropolitan Statisti- cal Area) for bioscience jobs, is recognized for its ability to create and sustain jobs, and ranked as one of the best affordable places to live and work (relocateamerica. com). As you travel within our City, you will note new developments taking shape along the Snake River. One is Taylor Crossing and the other is the Snake River Landing project. Both will add additional ameni- ties to not only the traveling public, but to our local citizens as well. The Historic Downtown District affords a wonderful opportunity to see some of the magnifi- cent architectural features that form this unique core section of our central business district. As Mayor, I am always proud to show- case our wonderful City to both locals and visitors alike. As I have seen over and over, you too will be touched by the true spirit of our friendly western hospitality. Sincerely, Jared D. Fuhriman,MAYOR City of Idaho Falls

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