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KC Dem Club: Idaho Business for Education Group

This Friday, January 8, 2021 the Democratic Club welcomes Mike Kennedy. Many of you know Mike as a local businessman, former elected official, and activist. Mike has an engaging personality and is known as a lively speaker on many topics. His focus this Friday is Idaho Business for Education (IBE). Please join Mike online this Friday at noon for a look into this important education and business collaborative.

A Zoom link for this meeting will be distributed on Thursday, January 7. To request the link, contact Phil at pjwmia@aol.com.

About Idaho Business for Education

IBE is a group of nearly 200 business leaders from across the state. Working together with state educators, IBE members plan to transform Idaho’s education system. IBE members are working to create a highly educated and skilled workforce. One that strengthens the business climate and fuels a prosperous Idaho economy. Currently, Idaho faces a 19-25 percent “education gap”. The gap represents the difference between the education level of the current workforce and the one that will be needed in a few short years. Ultimately, the challenge will be to close the gap by creating a highly educated and skilled workforce possessing the technical talent required to allow state businesses to thrive in the 21st century.

About Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy is president of Intermax Networks in Coeur d’Alene. Intermax Networks is a technology company providing internet bandwidth, telephone, voice services and IT managed services. Their service area includes North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Mike is also a former Coeur d’Alene City Council Member. He served two terms on the Council. In addition, he is a 1998 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Coeur d’Alene program. He has also worked on the political campaigns for former U.S. Congressmen Larry LaRocco, and Walt Minnick, among others. Plus, he has served as a board member for several community non-profits over the years.

On a personal level, Mike grew up in New York. In 1990, he graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Following graduation, he moved with his wife Kathleen to Idaho. Mike and Kathleen (an Idaho native) have 7 children.

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