Sunday, January 8, 2012

State of the State Preview Part 8: The Idea Man

Posted By on Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

When Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter talks about ideas, Trent Cutler wants Idaho's chief executive to think more about those who come up with the ideas.

Cutler, 28, is an Idaho native. He graduated from Boise State three years ago and in 2011 married his new bride, Amanda. Together they purchased their first home. Cutler currently works in tech support at MetaGeek, a local tech start-up that develops what it calls "spectrum analyzer tools."

Cutler has seen big tax incentives on the table when it comes to Idaho's larger tech companies, like Micron or Hewlett-Packard, but when Otter gives his State of the State address on Monday, Cutler would like to hear more about the talent and less about about the corporations.

"I would tell the governor that if or when the big tech companies like Micron and HP start to fall, keep the talent in Idaho by creating incentives for entrepreneurs and researchers," said Cutler.

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