Dave Bedford, 61, Boise, has been driving garbage trucks for 36 years. He was recently recognized as the 2016 Driver of the Year, the top driver in the nation by the National Waste and Recycling Association for his overall service and safety. "... to be honored in such a national sense, I was little bit overwhelmed by it all," Bedford said while making his rounds for Republic Services of Boise last week. "Trying to help the customer out is the biggest part of it," he said. Bedford drives an average of 600 miles each week serving about 35 industrial customers and collecting more than 250 tons of waste.
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In this video, Usful Glassworks tells its story. The nonprofit turns used glass bottles into new products, including drinking glasses and pitchers that can be found in restaurants around the Treasure Valley. It provides job training and experience to people who are underemployed, such as refugees, low-income seniors, homeless individuals and at-risk youth.
Erin McCandless is community engagement and development manager at Create Common Good, which helps people with barriers to employment qualify for jobs. She discusses why the low unemployment rates in the Treasure Valley have boosted wages and employer demand for the nonprofit's graduates.
Boise’s Troy McClain enjoyed 15 minutes of fame as a contestant on Donald Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” during the show’s first season in 2004. Today, he is founder of McClain Cos. and still supports his business idol.