Mr. CRAIG. Mr. President, I rise to day to congratulate Bob Potter, president of Jobs Plus in Coeur d'Alene, ID, on his retirement and a job well done.
Idaho found Bob Potter after he retired the last time enjoying life at his home on Hayden Lake. Thankfully, we had a few good salesmen in North Idaho who drew him out of retirement to head Jobs Plus, the then-new economic development corporation for Kootenai County. Over the past 16 years, Bob has done a stellar job. Jobs Plus, under his leadership, has recruited over 70 companies that employ over 3,500 workers with a payroll just shy of $100 million. What a tremendous benefit to North Idaho.
Bob always jokes that the Governor of California ought to be on his board because no one does more for his recruitment. However, the truth of the matter is that Bob's tireless efforts to recruit small and medium size businesses is what gets results. The key to sales is to show someone they have a need and that your product will meet it. Yes, California's business climate has created a need for businesses to lower costs, and Idaho is the perfect place to come to do that. However, folks wouldn't know about that unless Bob Potter was knocking on their doors.
Over the years, I have answered many a call from Bob to help recruit, and I have visited many of the businesses that have chosen Idaho. Every time, Bob is delight to deal with and his effectiveness shines through. He had truly been a blessing to Idaho.
While I am saying, "thank you, Bob," I know I am not saying farewell. I know that he will still be active in the community because Bob Potter cares deeply about Idaho.