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Jun. 13, 2018

Lonely Planet: Reveling in Playful Boise

Tucked between rolling foothills, cast against cloudless blue skies and pierced by the cool, clear waters of the Boise River, the “City of Trees” is surrounded by frontiers that still feel untouched and untamed. The natural environs have been carefully protected to remain that way, and in turn, Boise’s outdoorsy, hands-off-the-handlebars vibe reminds visitors of the backyard freedoms of childhood.

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May. 9, 2018

People Have Become The X-Factor in Economic Development

by Clark Krause

Forbes ranked Boise as the #1 fastest growing city, and dozens of national media publications like the Washington Post, Bloomberg are talking about the quality of place the Boise Metro has to offer. Watching the building crane count in our downtown is hard to keep track of and ranges from new housing options in our downtowns to strategic new workspaces.

The good news about companies looking to expand to the Boise Metro… the priority is YOU.

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May. 2, 2018

13 US Cities Where Anyone Would be Lucky to Live

Ranking the best places to live is a difficult task, and any such list is going to generate debate over who was overrated and who was snubbed.

Comparing several rankings of cities gives us a better picture of which places consistently get high marks.

We looked at several popular rankings of the top US cities to live in, including lists by US News and World Report, 24/7 Wall Street, Money, Niche, Livability, and SmartAsset. Each of the rankings weighed metrics including quality of life, cost of living, availability of jobs, education rates, and safety.

It's clear to see that across the rankings, certain cities made repeat appearances at the top.

Boise, Idaho, has made the US News and World Report ranking of the best cities in America for three straight years. It has also appeared on rankings by SmartAsset andNiche.

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Apr. 19, 2018

Syngenta Begins $30M Expansion of Nampa Seed Facility

NAMPA — Syngenta Crop Production began construction on a $30 million expansion at the company’s research and seed production facility in Nampa this week.

With the expansion, the Nampa facility will accommodate the majority of Syngenta’s North American corn trait conversion work, previously done in open field or semi-controlled environments, according to a company press release.

Construction is scheduled to conclude in 2019.

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Apr. 19, 2018

Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life and Average Salary (Boise #12)

Where should you go? Here are the top 50 most desirable places to give you an idea. And here is the latest 2018 list. 

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Apr. 5, 2018

Boise State Breaks Ground on Micron Center for Materials Research

Boise State University officially has begun construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research.

Located at 1435 University Drive, adjacent to the Charles P. Ruch Engineering Building, the four-story, 85,000-square-foot world-class materials science research facility will provide more than 40 research laboratories and spaces, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms, offices and work spaces for faculty members, staff and graduate students advancing materials research at Boise State, as well as other research faculty. Two classrooms and a lecture hall will be available for university-wide classes.

The new building will elevate the work of Boise State research faculty who already are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in the areas of novel materials, biological sciences and nanotechnology.

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Apr. 4, 2018

Country band Rascal Flatts set to open southern cuisine restaurant in Boise

Boise is about to get a country-fried restaurant with a high-profile pedigree, according to plans filed with the City of Boise. Rascal Flatts Restaurant is planned for the City Center Plaza on the Grove - right next to the lobby entrance for Boise Center East.

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Mar. 27, 2018

Boise’s Treefort Shows The Possibilities Of Diversity And Representation At Music Festivals

Maybe the best part of the music bill that Treefort put together this year is that it didn’t feel like an attempt at inclusiveness. And that’s the thing, festivals can easily have broad representation with the sense that they compromised any aspect of their festival’s identity. The top-billed artists — George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Andrew W.K., Princess Nokia, Pussy Riot, Rapsody, Cults, Zola Jesus, Oddisee & Good Company, and Lido Pimienta — offered up just a single white male in their midst. It’s actually a rare occurrence that a festival features more women than men at the top of their poster, but there wasn’t just diversity in genders and race, there was also a fascinating diversity of sound. Rap, funk, punk, rock, and other artists who are less easy to classify were all featured prominently. In all, it is a lower-key representation of what is possible with festivals show some imagination, legwork, and a commitment to being the change that needs to occur.

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Mar. 26, 2018

Treefort Music Fest: Boise’s Ambitious Festival Showcases Its Boom

At any given moment, those who traversed a 16-block stretch of downtown Boise over the past five days might have stumbled upon 200 people doing yoga; a child’s face wrapped in virtual reality goggles; a dozen bands arranged in a circle, playing in unison under the direction of a conductor in the center; burly dudes lifting massive chains into the air; toddlers building forts out of cardboard; skateboarders hurling towards cement ceilings to a heavy metal soundtrack; George Clinton belting timeless funk; celebrity chefs plating Wagyu beef; saxophone buskers singing “I wanna dance with somebody;” bros shooting baskets at a hoop attached to a graffiti-laden van; Pabst Blue Ribbon jumpsuits and lion onesies. Well, one PBR jumpsuit, and one lion onesie.

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Mar. 16, 2018

Discover Music, Creativity at Treefort Music Fest in Boise

Treefort Music Fest (March 21-25, 2018), an annual arts and culture festival in Boise, Idaho, is bringing over 450 rising and renowned musicians to more than 20 venues in downtown Boise. Treefort will also host a diverse lineup of creators, chefs, artists and innovators at nine forts that reflect growing communities in Boise, like yoga, food, beer, tech, film, literary arts, comedy and skateboarding.

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Mar. 12, 2018

The 50 Safest Cities in the World Gallery (Boise #8)

One of the biggest concerns for potential vacationers is whether or not the place they’ve chosen to visit will be safe. This concern has only grown in recent years, and it’s a good one to have. Travel safety is important.

Depending on where you travel, you might have to consider any number of security concerns as a traveler. Even something as minor as having your pocket picked could ruin an entire vacation, and some attractive destinations carry with them much more serious risks.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of cities where you can focus on the culture, history, fun, and of course, food. Using data from Numbeo, we ranked them based on how they scored from a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being the safest. So if you’re looking for a nice, stress-free vacation, here are the safest 50 cities in the world for you to be.

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Mar. 7, 2018

Lonely Planet Ranks Boise #2 Best in the U.S.

Home to a spirited arts community, an explosion of award-winning wineries and craft breweries and a socially responsible shopping district, Boise is what cool looks like before the rest of the world has figured it out. Fun festivals abound in Idaho’s capital from downtown’s Treefort Music Festival (hailed as the new alternative to SXSW) to the Boise Brew Olympics and Punk in Drublic – a beautiful marriage of punk rock and craft beer.

Being in close proximity to a wealth of natural riches, urban adventures easily transition into outdoor escapes. Meander through the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile park in the heart of the city, or head into the surrounding mountains and foothills for hiking, mountain biking, skiing and river rafting.

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Mar. 1, 2018

Forbes Ranks Boise #1 in Americas Fastest Growing Cities

Boise City, Idaho is enjoying some of swiftest growth in the country. In 2017, it exceeded expansion expectations by nearly every metric that matters. It's population of around 220,000 grew 3.08% in 2017, more than any other major metro. Employment increased 3.58%, the second strongest growth around. Home prices, a proxy for wealth, increased 11.58%--number four in the U.S. Meanwhile, wage and the broader economic growth far outpaced national averages.

All this earns the city and the surrounding metropolitan area the no. 1 spot on Forbes' 2018 list of America's fastest-growing cities. Moody's Analytics--which provides the data for this annual project--is forecasting that Boise will continue its growth spurt this year, albeit more modestly.

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Feb. 21, 2018

The Best Outdoor States in America (Metrics-based Study and Ranking)

Being outside means a lot for our happiness, so it’s important that we choose to live with easy access to the nature and surrounded by people who actually use the nature around us.

In this study, our analysts have looked into the most relevant metrics for determining how easy it is to access the nature around us and how much we use the nature.

We have looked into the best combination of these metrics, so we could calculate exactly which states are the best outdoor states in America.

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Feb. 20, 2018

Albertsons Companies and Rite Aid Merge To Create Food, Health and Wellness Leader

by Albertsons Press Release

Albertsons Companies, one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains, announced a definitive merger agreement under which privately held Albertsons Companies will merge with publicly traded Rite Aid.

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Feb. 15, 2018

Paylocity chose Meridian for its expansion capabilities, workforce

When Paylocity first toured this area a few years ago with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Meridian Economic Development administrator Brenda Sherwood had no idea who they were.

“We all signed (non-disclosure agreements), and we showed around people who we had absolutely no clue who they were or why they were visiting,” Sherwood said. “A lot of companies do that just because they like to keep the confidentiality so their competition is not aware of where they’re going.”

Now the company is well known to the area, and it’s building a permanent office space in Meridian that will eventually employ up to 500 people.

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Feb. 12, 2018

Attention foodies: Albertsons is gearing two new stores for you

Albertsons is preparing to open two Treasure Valley stores that will take the grocery company’s promotion of fresh and organic foods to a higher plane.

Shoppers will be able to dine in food courts, order salads tossed before their eyes, and order hamburgers grilled for dining in or taking out. They’ll take in-store classes on foods they would like to try cooking but don’t know how. They’ll order from seafood counters twice as large as those in other Albertsons, able to order some fresh fish to be delivered the next day.

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Feb. 12, 2018

The Best Neighborhoods in America to Spend a Weekend

Ideally, if you’re taking a weekend getaway to a big city, you want a home base that has a true sense of itself -- and that gets you quietly daydreaming of a big move, even. So we put the question to dozens of writers: What are the neighborhoods in your city that make kickass destinations in their own rights -- and in many cases, epitomize the best of your hometown? We sifted through the best to arrive at this 12-pack of standout 'hoods to streamline your Airbnb search and generally ground you among a minimum of tourists. You may not be from around here, after all, but you still want the goods.

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Feb. 2, 2018

North America’s coolest downtowns

There’s a buzz in Boise, and it sounds a lot like Instagram shutters snapping from Freak Alley Gallery. This outdoor venue is all about building a creative community in the heart of Boise, and it’s playing its part in making Idaho’s capital more colorful with murals and events. Boise GreenBike makes it easy to embrace the neighborhood’s open-air way of life with convenient bike sharing. How cool is that?

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Jan. 26, 2018

Record Year As Passenger Growth Soars At Boise Airport

by Boise Airport

The Boise Airport set a new passenger record during 2017, as new flights, increased frequencies and low fares deepened its role in connecting Boise to the world.

During 2017, more than 3.5 million passengers flew in and out of the Boise Airport, eclipsing the previous record set in 2007 when 3,365,303 passengers traveled through the airport.

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Jan. 24, 2018

A Career For Compassion: Blue Cross of Idaho is Hiring

by Boise Valley Economic Partnership

During the first quarter of 2018, Blue Cross of Idaho plans to hire approximately 130 new employees in healthcare-related roles that will work with individuals to help them navigate the healthcare system.

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Jan. 10, 2018

CNN: How Basque Culture Stays Alive In Boise, ID

In Boise's 'Basque Block,' hundreds of children sing songs and practice regional dances diligently every week as part of their community's effort to keep the culture thriving.

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Jan. 4, 2018

Conde Nast Traveler & Today Show Rank Boise Among Best Places to Go in 2018

The praise for Boise keeps coming in.

Travel expert Mark Ellwood of Conde Nast Traveler was a guest on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly TODAY” Wednesday morning with his list of “Best Places to Go in 2018.” In addition to Malta, he listed four United States cities: New Orleans, Nashville, Minneapolis and Boise.

Ellwood praised Boise’s hiking and cycling scene as one of the main reasons to travel to the Gem State’s capital. He also noted the Basque culture and the delicious food that it entails.

The fact that there are now flights to the Boise Airport from Chicago and San Diego make Boise a desirable destination, Ellwood said. 

“It is a small college town with an amazing outdoorsy vibe,” Ellwood said. “It’s this wonderful fusion of a college town, hiking and really unusual Spanish-inflected food.”

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Jan. 4, 2018

Where is America Moving?

In 2017, 11 U.S. states registered a change in migration status over 2016 results. The study also found that 23 states registered as balanced—meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal—17 as outbound, and 10 as inbound, including Washington, D.C. The data showed an overall decrease in moves in 2017. Atlas has conducted the Migration Patterns study since 1993 to track the nation’s interstate (between states) and cross-border (U.S. to Canada) moving patterns annually as reflected in moves handled by Atlas.

The 10 U.S. states with the highest percentage of inbound moves and outbound moves are included in order below, and Idaho is the study’s inbound leader for a second year in a row. While Illinois has classified as outbound since 2009, the state has the highest percentage of outbound moves in the country in 2017.

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Dec. 28, 2017

Census Data Highlights Pacific Northwest Population Growth

Migration to the region—rather than births—made up the bulk of population growth.

Last year, Idaho was the smallest state in the region with just under 1.7 million people. So when approximately 36,917 babies and newcomers landed in the state, it gave Idaho’s population a big boost.

And, according to new Census numbers, all those new people made the state’s growth rate the fastest in the country since July 2016.

Clark Krause is with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, which works to attract business and workers to the area. He said Idaho is home to some major employers.

“We have a nice tech cluster that is started here and of course that is anchored by Hewlett Packard and Micron who have huge units here,” he said.

Krause also said Boise’s access to the outdoors is a selling point.

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Dec. 28, 2017

Why People Really Want to Move to Idaho but are Fleeing its Neighbor, Wyoming

... Boise is booming. Most newcomers have settled in the capital and the cities and suburbs surrounding it, compounding the state’s urbanization advantage. They appear to be drawn by the city’s combination of size and low cost of living.

Idaho has the fourth-cheapest cost of living in the country, according to a 2017 index from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Only Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi are cheaper. Wyoming is 29th.

It’s the tired old parable of two siblings, separated at birth. One began with natural gifts and found little incentive to grow beyond them, and another was forced to play a weaker hand but became stronger and more resilient in the process. There’s probably a moral in there somewhere, but I’m guessing it’s just “you should probably move to Idaho.”

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Dec. 21, 2017

‘High Thrill and Low Skill’: Bogus Basin’s New Mountain Coaster Will Leave You Smiling

There’s a new way to speed down the mountain at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area — and you don’t need a lesson, gear or athleticism.

The Glade Runner mountain coaster opens Friday. Its 4,330-foot track will pull you 800 vertical feet up the mountain from Simplot Lodge toward Pioneer Lodge, then send you on a joyride of twists, turns, dips and 360s on more than a half-mile of track.

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Dec. 21, 2017

Boise Entrepreneur Creates Shipping Container Business Park on the Bench

The 29-year-old entrepreneur behind the Gluten Free Galaxy food truck is building a shipping container business park on the Bench.

Dubbed The Yard, the park will be an “incubation space” and a community hub for gathering, shopping, eating and working. Lee plans to rent 20- and 40-foot shipping containers kitted out with walls, floors, doors, windows, power, insulation and even equipment to small businesses, and she hopes to eventually have 40 renters thriving on the half-acre lot at the corner or Alpine and Garden streets. The Gluten Free Galaxy bakery, which will be housed in a 40-foot container, is set to open in February 2018 and will be the first. The rest of the park is scheduled to open in June.

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Dec. 20, 2017

Idaho the Fastest Growing State By Population, US Census Bureau Estimates

Over the past year, Idaho became the fastest-growing state in the U.S., according to national and state population estimates that were released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The northwest state, with an estimated population of over 1.7 million people, had a 2.2 percent jump in population from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.

Other states in the West -- Nevada, Utah and Washington -- saw similar percentage increases in their population.

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” Luke Rogers, chief of the Population Estimates Branch, said in a press release.

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Dec. 19, 2017

Washington Post Article: You’re Going Where? Boise.

Yes, potatoes lurk beneath the surface of everything, but Idaho’s capital city is so much more, blooming with artsy and independent delights. Plus, a river runs through it.

I landed in Boise seeking simplicity but left delighting in complexity. In Idaho’s City of Trees, I found 19th-century architecture rubbing muscular shoulders with new bank towers and a gleaming community play space bequeathed by a potato titan.

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Dec. 8, 2017

Boise Among The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

With an exciting influx of new and revamped hotels, an up-and-coming restaurant scene, and a blossoming wine industry, Idaho’s capital city—traditionally known as a convention destination — has started to attract the attention of leisure travelers. Boise’s invigorated downtown is evidence of the trend, with the newly opened Inn at 500, a 110-room boutique property whose perks include balconies overlooking the capitol, and its on-site restaurant, Richard’s, owned by James Beard Award-nominated chef Richard Langston, leading the way. (Meanwhile, Hotel 43 and The Grove both recently unveiled swank renovations.) The city’s craft-beer scene continues to impress; one noteworthy newcomer is White Dog Brewing, whose rustic taproom features a 24-foot “frost rail” that keeps your beer, well, frosty. In other toast-worthy news, Boise has become a hub for Idaho’s growing wine industry. Oenophiles shouldn’t miss a stop at the new downtown tasting room of Coiled Wines. Owner Leslie Preston — a native Idahoan who sharpened her skills at Clos du Bois and Stags’ Leap in California — makes a spectacular dry Riesling. Getting there is easier than ever: to meet rising demand, American Airlines has launched new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare, while Southwest now runs a nonstop from San Diego.

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Dec. 7, 2017

What Could You Be Saving?

What Could You Be Saving?

In the Boise Metro, you can actually afford to live here. Put simply, the Boise Metro is a great place to live and work. It has everything you need to build a business, a career or a family—without the big commute, the huge house payment and punishing taxes.

Dec. 5, 2017

Intuit to Acquire TSheets: It’s About Time

by TSheets

Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) is taking the next step in making the QuickBooks platform the smarter way to do business by signing an agreement to acquire TSheets, a leading platform that small and medium businesses, self-employed, and accountants use to automate time tracking and scheduling for them and their workers.

Matt Rissell shares: A new chapter of our journey has just begun. Our team of 260 rock stars — who have made TSheets what it is today — will unite with 8,000 like-minded and brilliant individuals who share the same passion to innovate and deliver excellence. Our mission to help small businesses succeed will continue, and we’re going to do it together from right here in Eagle, Idaho.

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Dec. 4, 2017

Boise Is Home to More Than Just a Convention Center

Idaho’s capital is drawing more leisure travelers with its exploding culinary scene, new and revamped hotels, and growing wine industry.

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Nov. 29, 2017

Boise Among The 15 Best Independent Bookstores in the US

When it's time to hit the road for a vacation, there are two things that bookworms know to be true. First of all, you can never pack too many books in your suitcase and carry-on (although those overweight luggage fees are definitely not on our side). The other is that, no matter where we go, it would be straight-up sacrilege to not visit any and all renowned independent bookstores in the vicinity.

Rediscovered Books Ranks #11

In addition to its extensive collection of new and used books, Rediscovered Bookshop hosts plenty of signings and events, the most famous of which is its recurring Book & Booze nights. (Excuse us for a moment while we add "Book & Booze night at Rediscovered Bookshop" to our bucket lists.)

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Nov. 21, 2017

Bob Kustra took a Boise Commuter School and Pushed it to Become More

Bob Kustra remembers a very different campus when he took over as president of Boise State University in 2003. It was more of a commuter school, with about 18,500 students.

Now, it’s bustling with more than 24,000 students from all over Idaho, the West, the country and the globe.

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Nov. 6, 2017

Boise in Top 10 Best Cities for Veterans

To help military veterans find the best places in which to put down roots based on their status, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. They range from share of military skill-related jobs to veteran income growth to availability of VA health facilities. Read on for our findings, expert commentary from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

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Nov. 2, 2017

How big is Boise’s beer scene? Big enough for Texas brewery to open here

Guns & Oil is taking over the original Payette Brewing Co. building at 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City. The space, which includes a 15-barrel brewery and a taproom, will be the company’s first actual production facility. Founded in a southwest Austin garage in 2013, Guns & Oil has been hiring other breweries to make its line of lagers.

Payette closed its taproom in Garden City after opening a second, larger facility at 733 S. Pioneer St. in Boise in 2016. Although the Garden City site still operated as a brewery, founder Mike Francis began looking to exit. One option was to have another brewery come in “and essentially be a turnkey operation,” Francis said.

Guns & Oil pulled the trigger. The brewery bought Payette’s remaining equipment. It joins a rapidly growing Boise beer scene. 

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Oct. 27, 2017

New College of Idaho Library Aims To Open Next February

The College of Idaho will soon be home to one of the most architecturally beautiful, state-of-the-art buildings in the Gem State — one that will serve as a new intellectual commons for C of I students, faculty and the entire campus community.

In February 2016 the C of I broke ground for Cruzen-Murray Library, which will serve as a new campus gateway at the intersection of 21st Street and Cleveland Boulevard. The building is a gift from the estate of the late Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Glenn Richard Murray, Jr.

Cruzen-Murray Library will stand out on the College’s historic campus. Its light-infused, glass-and-steel design has a sleek, modern look and feel. The three-story, 60,000 square-foot facility will include traditional holdings of books and journals, as well as private and group study areas, a 24/7 study space, multimedia classrooms, a café, and public spaces for readings, lectures and exhibitions.

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Oct. 27, 2017

Boise Among Forbes Top 25 Fastest Growing Cities

Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities provides a holistic picture of places on the upswing. We look at growth of population, employment, wages, economic output and use home price growth as a proxy for wealth. Here are the 25 metropolitan areas across the country experiencing the biggest surges, plus the growth rates and projections that got them on the list. 

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