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Sep. 30, 2016

Downtown Nampa: Be A Part of Something Bigger

Downtown Nampa

Downtown Nampa has a plethora of things to do and events to attend. You never know the hidden charm until you experience it for yourself.

Sep. 30, 2016

Caldwell Company Plans Major Expansion

Caldwell-based company Quality Machine Products plans to move into a new building soon that’s twice the size of its current facility, said general manager Rob Doyle.

The company is contracting with the Van Auker Companies to built a 30,000-square-foot building valued at $1.84 million next door to its headquarters on Industrial Way, according to building permit records provided by the city of Caldwell.

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Sep. 29, 2016

Boise: Bits & Pieces of My Passport

by Carly Joerger

Growing up in Boise, I could hardly wait to leave Idaho. I dreamt of a big world with exciting people doing extraordinary things who were just waiting for me to join them. So I did. I spent a year as an exchange student in Spain, a summer interning in New York City, a semester abroad in France, a summer in Indonesia, and another semester interning in Zagreb, Croatia. In between my travels, I studied in Northern Idaho and rarely made it back down to Boise. I was knee-deep in the eye-opening world of the University and constantly planning my next trip to Destination Incredible.

I loved many aspects of all the cities and countries I’ve lived in but I also knew all that shimmered was not gold. Now I can say Boise is the perfect mash-up of all the people, languages, and literal flavors of life I’ve tasted elsewhere.

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Sep. 28, 2016

Hearthside’s Boise Nutritional Bar Facility Begins Production

by Hearthside Food

Hearthside Food Solutions (“Hearthside”) today announced their Boise Idaho nutritional bar facility had commenced production, bringing new US bar capacity and additional jobs to the Boise market. Hearthside now operates nine bar plants in the US and Europe.

This bar production facility, idled shortly before being acquired by Hearthside in late 2015, enables the company to add immediate US capacity to its growing bar network. Hearthside moved swiftly to rehire local plant leadership, retrofit, upgrade and restart the reconfigured plant. With an experienced team in place, the timetable was accelerated, enabling the plant to begin production ahead of schedule.

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Sep. 26, 2016

Boise Among Forbes Hottest Zip Codes

In  Realtor.com`s annual survey of the nation’s 50 ‘hottest’ ZIP codes, Realtor.com crunched metrics like median number of days a home takes to sell, overall views on its listings site and percentage of homes owned by millennials to determine which housing markets are in high demand.

Boise came in at number 26 on the list with an average home price of $199,000 and 28 days on market. It is very different then many of the other cities on the list, in that it is relatively affordable metro not a suburb. It offers great access to recreation, an incredible downtown scene, vibrant culture and communities, and all at a very affordable price. It is easy to understand why so many millennial are interested in Boise Idaho. 

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Sep. 26, 2016

City Leaders Turn Spades at Groundbreaking for Pioneer Crossing—Formerly ‘Parcel B’

Boise city leaders and developers turned some earth the morning of Sept. 22 at Parcel B—a 5-acre property near the I-84 Connector that is set to become what they're already calling "Pioneer Crossing."

"Right here is the Pioneer Walkway," said Gardner Company Chief Operations Officer Tommy Ahlquist. "We thought, 'Why not call this Pioneer Crossing?'"

The development will include an almost 650-space parking garage, as well as a 150-room Hilton Garden Inn and 132,000-square-foot office building. Also sharing space in Pioneer Crossing will be a restaurant; retail space; and the offices of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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Sep. 23, 2016

Albertsons Companies Continues Expansion in Idaho

by Idaho Department of Commerce

Albertsons Companies, LLC (Albertsons), following an extensive remodel of its corporate headquarters here, announced today that it is continuing to relocate pharmacy support and add other corporate office positions to their Boise campus, which will result in a projected 300 new jobs and $38 million in new tax revenue to the State of Idaho.

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Sep. 22, 2016

How Albertsons’ top HR exec led his workforce through 2,700% growth

If you’re looking for an expert on leading employees through tremendous change, consider Andrew Scoggin. You’d be hard-pressed to find a human resources executive whose resume includes a steeper uphill climb.

Scoggin is the executive vice president of HR, labor relations, public affairs and government relations for Albertsons, the grocery chain based in Boise.

Albertsons in the past four years has transformed from a midsized company to the second-largest traditional grocer in the U.S. It also went from owning none of Idaho’s Albertsons stores (despite having its headquarters and roots in Boise — a quirk that confused many Idahoans) to owning all Albertsons stores in its home state and many other grocery-store chains nationwide.

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Sep. 21, 2016

Nampa Council Approves Indian Creek Plaza Design

The firm designing the Indian Creek plaza said the layout will create a vibrant, livable space for families and the community in downtown Caldwell. Christine Harrington, an associate with the Seattle-based design firm GGLO, presented concept design plans to the Caldwell City Council on Monday. The council unanimously approved the plans. Harrington said the plaza design highlights Caldwell’s uniqueness. “There is a lot of richness and exciting elements in Caldwell,” Harrington said. “You see the history and the architecture, the diversity and the multiple generations that live here.”

The design and plaza atmosphere will draw from the area’s agricultural history, with modern elements linking to the Sunnyslope wine trail and farm-to-fork tradition, Harrington said. In the summertime, visitors could eat outside at a restaurant bordering the plaza and later walk to an outdoor concert or event at the plaza’s central stage. At capacity, the plaza could hold around 6,500 people, Harrington said. If Arthur and Seventh streets were to be closed temporarily, the area could accommodate around 13,000 people.

An ice skating area in the shape of a ribbon with a circular rink in the center is planned for the plaza, with “warming huts” where people can congregate, eat and drink. “The other thing I find very romantic about the ice rink is that you’re going through different environments as you skate,” unlike a stationary hockey rink, Harrington said. The railing at the ice rink and accessories can be removed during the summer. In those same places, there would be water-splashing areas for children to play. Councilman Dennis Callsen said that after attending the Indian Creek Festival this weekend, which drew big crowds, he believes Caldwell is ready for the plaza.

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Sep. 20, 2016

Forbes’ Small Giant Sees Big Potential for Growth in the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

Silicon Valley, Manila, Dublin...and Boise

For Balsam Brands, an e-commerce retailer with roots in holiday and home decor, the smallest metro among its corporate office locations might show the biggest potential for the company. A laudable acknowledgement when you consider Balsam has just been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of its 25 inaugural 'Small Giants'. For these stand out small companies, it's more about being great than just big.  

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Sep. 20, 2016

RelEVENT Launches Nationwide

Boise-based RelEVENT, an app that collects events from around a city and recommends them to users, launched nationwide Sept. 19.

RelEVENT originated at a Boise Young Professionals’ b|launched competition in May 2015 when  CEO Stacey Donohue, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Heath and CTO Sean MacLachlan came together to create an app that helps users learn about events before they happen.

“I love the movie Office Space,” Donohue said at a presentation in December. “It came to the Egyptian Theater this year, but I didn’t hear about it until the next day when I saw posts on Facebook showing friends carrying their red staplers. That sucked because I would have loved to have gone if I knew about it and that is what this app is for.”

The app aggregates events from various community calendars and groups each event into a category such as music, sports or business. After users like, dislike or ignore event suggestions, the system begins to send event notifications based on that user’s taste.

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Sep. 13, 2016

Fallon at the Farmstead

Jimmy Fallon is bringing comic relief to Meridian not just through your TV screen, but through the twists and turns of the Farmstead Corn Maze. The maze, which opens next week, features a design of Fallon sitting at his desk while hosting The Tonight Show, with a message that Idaho loves him and the hashtag, #FallonAtTheFarmstead.

The Farmstead touts itself as Idaho's longest-running corn maze. It was recently nominated as part of the USA Today 10Best Corn Mazes in the country. In previous years, the Farmstead has been featured by TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, Good Morning America, Conde Nast Traveller and The TODAY Show.

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Sep. 9, 2016

Boise, It’s My Place

Boise - "It's My Place"

Forget six degrees of separation. In the Boise Valley it’s rarely more than two. Challenge or opportunity, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. Strip away the boundaries and formalities and collaborate forward. In this video, Ivan and Kyra walk you through a day in the life in the Boise Metro.

Sep. 6, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Co. Opens This Fall in Nampa

NAMPA — There’s a new craft brewery in town, and it could end up being the largest in Idaho.

San Diego, California-based Mother Earth Brew Co. will open its tasting room doors for business by Oct. 1, possibly as early as Sept. 24. It is now one of two commercial producers of beer in Nampa.

“When it came to think about where to expand from California, it was an easy choice,” said Daniel Love, founder and CEO of Mother Earth Brew Co.

Love started traveling to Boise as part of his job with Sprint Nextel in the early 2000s and fell in love with the area. His passion for hobby brewing developed into a family-run business in 2008. Mother Earth distributes craft beer to eight states and six countries, and hopes to expand further into the Northwest and eastward with its Nampa facility, located in the Interstate 84 Industrial Park at 1428 Madison Ave.

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Aug. 31, 2016

A Tech Corridor Takes Shape Along a Downtown Boise Street

Victor and Sarah Olivares smiled and applauded as their son Isaac accepted a certificate from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter for completing a summer coding course at the Boise Public Library. Sarah Olivares said she found the course while looking for free and constructive activities to keep Isaac busy before he started seventh grade last week at Lowell Scott Middle School. She new nothing about coding, but her son had expressed interest in engineering. She figured a chance to pursue his passion for computers was a good thing.

Victor Olivares said the six-week course, with once-a-week classes in introductory JavaScript, could yield greater dividends later in an economy demanding an increasingly code-literate workforce.

“Coding is in everything right now,” he said. “The opportunity for Isaac to learn at this age was just great.”

If Isaac pursues a career in technology, he can start by walking behind the library and looking up 8th Street. Within a few blocks to the north, he will see a startup co-working space, a new Downtown code school and the Boise State University’s Computer Science Department.

If he pokes his head into offices within a few blocks of Eighth Street, he will find dozens of software companies that are part of a broader Treasure Valley tech industry that is snapping up code-school and Boise State computer-science graduates.

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Aug. 30, 2016

Boise is #4 Best Midsize Real Estate Market

Housing’s back. Indeed, the same industry that sent the U.S. economy into freefall nearly a decade ago is on its feet again. The trust issues linger among Americans, however, fearing another housing crisis as real-estate markets heat up across U.S. metro areas.

But there’s evidence to the contrary. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years. Nationwide, which tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In light of such good news, WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Boise ranked #4 Best.

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Aug. 24, 2016

Destination: Downtown Meridian

by Marissa Lovell

Idaho’s fastest city growing city since 1994, Meridian is no stranger to progress and growth. Recently named America’s best city to live in by USA Today, the Boise Valley’s central city has proven to hold a little something for everyone. With the Village at Meridian’s ever-growing radius and suburban development happening throughout the area at lightning speed, downtown Meridian brings an unexpected experience – a cultural cohesion of strong historical roots and emerging potential. For downtown business owners, the move to the city’s center has been encouraging and positive – part of the reason why more businesses across different industries are setting up shop in downtown Meridian.

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Aug. 22, 2016

Bish’s RV to Move From Nampa to New Meridian Store

Bish's RV Super Center started construction this week on a new three-story dealership in Meridian, company spokeswoman Megan Walker said. The facility will absorb the Nampa store near the Franklin Boulevard/Interstate 84 interchange, which has outgrown its space, she said.

Targeting an April open date, Bish's RV will move its roughly 50 employees from Nampa to Meridian and plans to hire 30 to 40 more people, Walker said. The 53,375-square-foot building in Meridian will have 22 service bays, compared with the eight service bays in Nampa, she said.

"Meridian just seemed like a great central hub for the Treasure Valley," Walker said. "We found a great piece of property, visible from the freeway. And it just made sense to build in Meridian, especially with all the development going on, too, in that city."

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Aug. 22, 2016

Boise Metro: The Talent Edge

by Clark Krause

What’s your edge?

Three years ago, Idaho bolstered our answer to that question with the creation of the Tax Reimbursement Incentive – to benefit companies that create and grow high-wage jobs and meaningful contributions in our communities. It has proved a critical factor for more than 16 companies that have relocated or expanded here.

Today, there’s another critical factor brought up in every conversation we have with companies assessing the Boise Valley – what’s your talent edge? We have a dynamic and tangible answer to that as well.

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Aug. 19, 2016

Boise Cited as a Success Story In Smart Growth America Report

Boise was recognized for its friendly sense of community and active, pedestrian-friendly downtown this summer in a report from Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit that promotes policies that make communities more walkable and liveable.

In its summer report, Smart Growth selected Boise; Denver, Colo.; Greenville, S.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Pittsburgh, as places that offer a high quality of life in areas such as housing, restaurants, nightlife, and accessibility. The cities are using smart growth principles to successfully attract new companies and new residents, the report said.

“Boise, ID, is one of the most remote metropolitan areas in the United States, a fact that fosters a unique and friendly sense of community,” the report said. “The city prides itself on friendly people, mild climate, good jobs, easy access to outdoor activities, and affordable costs of living.”

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Aug. 18, 2016

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

PGA TOUR winner, Troy Merritt gives us a glimpse of what his everyday home life is like when he is not on the course. It showcases just what a great place Meridian and the Treasure Valley truly is. 

Aug. 17, 2016

Boise, the Perfect City

by Darren Schuldheiss, KeyBank

While traveling through Boise in 2005, I called my wife and told her, “I don’t know how or when, but one day I want to live here.” She shrugged it off. At the time, we were living happily in Seattle and weren’t making any plans to move. But 10 years later, my wish came true when I was named president of KeyBank’s Idaho market, based in Boise. She reminded me about that conversation from a decade ago and I realized Boise is where I was always meant to be. It’s what I like to call the “perfect city.”

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Aug. 16, 2016

Kristin Armstrong Returns to Boise With Third Gold, Adoring Crowd

After making history at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by winning her third gold medal in cycling, Kristin Armstrong was welcomed home by a crowd of about 100 people at the Boise Airport.

She landed about 1 p.m. Monday and met the supporters, who chanted “Armstrong” and “USA.”

“She got a gold medal for America again,” said Addie Smith, one of the school-age children who made up about half of the exuberant crowd.

Armstrong took her time with each fan who approached her, signing shirts and taking photos with them. She hugged several people who offered their congratulations and thanked her for her achievement. Each person who wanted a moment with her got one.

“You know Boise, Idaho, is unlike any other place on Earth,” Armstrong said, surrounded by the crowd. “I try to explain to other Olympians what it’s like and I’ve had this welcome before and I anticipated another great welcome and it never ceases to amaze me. I think this is the biggest yet.”


 

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Aug. 15, 2016

NNU Rocket Team Prepares for Tuesday Launch

One year of work will all be over in about 15 minutes this Tuesday morning for the Northwest Nazarene University RockSat-X team.

The team members arrived at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, last week to complete testing and prepare their payload for launch on a Malemute two-stage sub-orbital sounding rocket over the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket, which will break the sound barrier leaving the launch pad, reaching Mach 6 in about 30 seconds as it launches 95 miles high in an arc before landing in the ocean, will test how well certain types of technology do under space conditions.

"You can teach stuff, you can do stuff in a lab, but the whole nine-month-to-one-year process of designing something from scratch, building it in a machine shop ... making it work to NASA's specs is so much a learning activity, sometimes painful, like missing a night's sleep. It's such a learning experience of going all the way through to the point of having it checked out in so much detail," NNU engineering professor Steve Parke said in a phone interview from Virginia.

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Aug. 11, 2016

‘Because I Can’: Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Wins Third Gold Medal At Age 42

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a regular job and a son. And as of today, she also has three Olympic gold medals. After becoming the only cyclist — male or female — to win three consecutive golds in the same discipline, Armstrong, who turns 43 Thursday, said she hopes to inspire other moms.

After calling this victory at Rio's Summer Olympics "the most gratifying" of her three individual championships, Armstrong urged other female athletes not to let negative ideas seep into their minds about what they're capable of.

She said: "I think that for so long we've been told that we should be finished at a certain age. And I think that there's a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that's not true.

"For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day."

She then discussed the importance of balance in her life as a world-beating athlete: "Working at a great hospital in Boise, Idaho, and being a mom has been my secret weapon. It provides me balance and it keeps me on track and it keeps me super focused."

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Aug. 11, 2016

Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck Push Each Other to Succeed

Patrick Gray's deep voice cracked as he spoke to the parishioners in the ultra-modern Tree City Nazarene Church on a Sunday morning. Nearly every seat in the cavernous hall was filled and nearly everyone's attention was on the two men on stage—only the very young and the very old occasionally drifted off—and the slideshow moving across the giant screen above them. Gray paused as a photo of several people pushing a man in a wheelchair up a steep muddy incline faded in. His voice caught and a few tears dropped onto the front of his crisp, plaid shirt.

"It's your story," Gray said, looking down at Justin Skeesuck (pronounced SKEE-zuck), his friend of nearly 40 years. Skeesuck, who has no use of his arms or legs, smiled, used his head to shift his body a fraction in his wheelchair and began to talk about the 500-mile journey the two men took across the Camino de Santiago (a.k.a. St. James' Way) trail and how they returned with more than stories, pictures, a documentary film in the making, and a stronger sense of faith—they came home with a deeper appreciation of what it means to help someone and, more importantly, what a gift it is to ask for and accept help.

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Aug. 11, 2016

Featured Ride: The Big Potato, Idaho

Those who live in the western Rockies (like our web editor) often hear whispers about Boise, Idaho, about how awesome it actually is despite not that many people thinking of it. Well, sorry for outing you, Boise, but take one look at MTB Project and it’s clear there are tons of trails in and near town.

Here we chose to feature just one of them, “The Big Potato.” This 41-mile ride samples only a handful of the trails in the foothills above town and provides plenty of solitude (as well as the need to be self-sufficient). You can choose your own adventure and adapt this big ride in many ways, or just follow the prescribed directions—most turns are well-marked.

Expect big views, big climbs and a variety of terrain, from feeling like you’re in the desert to pine trees and alpine landscapes. You’ll max out above 6,000 feet and dip to around 3,000 feet along the ride. Enjoy

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Aug. 10, 2016

Boise State Gets $250,000 Gift For A Computer Science Tutoring Center

Eileen Langan Barber, co-founder of a Boise online fraud detection company, has donated $250,000 for a tutoring center in Boise State University’s computer science program, which is opening this fall in a new location in Downtown Boise.

The Kount Tutoring Center is named for the company that Barber, 47, helped start in 2008.

Boise State’s computer science program will begin classes this fall in the Clearwater Building on The Grove, located on Main Street near Capitol Boulevard.

Money will go toward furnishing the center, including computers. said Tim Andersen, Boise State University computer science department chairman.

The tutoring center is aimed at helping students with difficult introductory classes in computer science, where they must must learn computer language, Barber said. “You are learning a lot of new stuff all at once,” she said. “Learning a new language for anybody is intimidating.”

She also hopes her donation fosters more involvement in computer sciences among women and minorities

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Aug. 10, 2016

Experiencing Idaho’s Great Outdoors Through A New Lens

You can now explore Southern Idaho and the many adventures it has to offer through a virtual lens.

Idaho Tourism launched videos that allow people to feel like they are right there. A new virtual reality video series has been in the works for about six months and Idaho Tourism just unveiled the videos last week.

Idaho is on the forefront of utilizing virtual reality to give people an opportunity they may have never had before- and see for themselves how great the Gem State is.

The first installment of videos includes: Rafting the Payette, a Snake River Canyon Experience- paddle boarding to Shoshone Falls, zip-lining in the Snake River Canyon, and BASE jumping; Boise Summer Experience - floating the Boise River, Zoo Boise, Capital City Public Market, biking the Greenbelt, and boating at Lucky Peak; North Fork 

360-degree virtual tours of Idaho are an immersive experience that excites users.

The Gem State is home to expansive mountains, pristine lakes, whitewater rivers and endless miles of trails. Idaho Tourism, an office within Idaho Department of Commerce, wanted to showcase all of that by using virtually reality - or VR- putting people in the center of the action.

"When they were showing the rafting you can almost feel the water as it hits you," one Boisean said after watching the Payette Rafting video.

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Aug. 10, 2016

5 Meridian Developments To Keep An Eye On

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the growth in Meridian — new homes, new apartments, new restaurants and new businesses. Here's a one-stop shop for information about five interesting developments.

1) Digitization at the Library
2) The Vault Patio
3) Flatbread Expands
4) Black Rock Coffee Bar
5) Growth at the Village

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Aug. 10, 2016

CWI Unveils Boise Campus Plans

Dozens of cars filled that parking lot for an event Tuesday morning where CWI unveiled conceptual plans for the new campus, a project officials hope to be ready for students by 2020. The campus could be up to 600,000-square-feet, according to Craig Brown, vice president of resource development for the college.

About 20,000 students are enrolled in the College of Western Idaho, according to numbers provided by the college.

City and education officials, including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Ray Stark of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and Boise State University provost Martin Schimpf spoke at the event, providing their take on what this new campus means for the community.

“What our economy needs most are the skilled workers that are going to feed the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Bieter said. “And that’s where CWI’s place in all of this is. Our economy, our jobs, our city, our valley and our state simply have to have the skills to compete, and CWI is all about that. This spot is ideal for that kind of activity and that kind of job generator.”

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Aug. 10, 2016

Boise’s Kristin Armstrong Makes History, Wins Third Olympic Gold

Kristin Armstrong, twice retired with three hip surgeries, returned to the Summer Olympics for a fourth time with one goal in mind:

Win an unprecedented third straight gold medal in the women’s time trial.

Mission accomplished.

The Boise cyclist and University of Idaho graduate produced a golden effort Wednesday through wind and rain over a brutal 18.5-mile course that left her in an exhausted heap at the finish.

Armstrong dismounted the moment she crossed the line, too tired even to celebrate the latest triumph of her decorated career. She covered the Rio Games route in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds to top reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by the slimmest of margins: 5.55 seconds.

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Aug. 9, 2016

Sunset - Where to Go This Weekend: Boise, ID

From indie boutiques to a foodie-friendly downtown, Idaho’s outdoorsy capital has plenty of urban fun. 

Wine, culture, food, art, beer and other recommendations from Westphoria, a blog by Sunset Magazine.

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Aug. 8, 2016

A Boise Greenbelt Ride

Greenbelt Magazine

A ride on the Boise Greenbelt...

Aug. 8, 2016

6 Boise State Athletes Set To Compete In Rio

Six current and former Boise State University athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. That’s a record for BSU.

“One could argue the three Fiesta Bowls in football took us to the national stage, now we’ve got these Olympic student athletes from Boise State taking us to the international stage. That’s pretty cool,” said BSU President Bob Kustra.

This is the first Olympic experience for each of the six athletes, who will all represent a different country in Rio.

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Aug. 8, 2016

Idaho Teachers to Learn and Share Coding Skills

Four teachers from across Idaho and 20 Nampa middle school students will receive special training and explore the growing field of computer programing and coding during a week-long summer camp in Nampa.

Presented by the University of Idaho, the DIGn’IT summer camp takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9-12 at Sage Valley Middle School in Nampa. Teachers will attend the training Aug. 8-12. Students will show their projects on showcase day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 12; the showcase event is open to the public.

During the pilot camp, teachers will participate in workshops designed to train them in the materials University of Idaho’s faculty Terry Soule has prepared for the DIGn’IT Initiative using the on-line programming environment Scratch. The goal is to make the university curriculum available to teachers in Idaho, teach them some programming, and give them the tools to incorporate the lessons into a regular classroom setting. Topics include computer coding, computer programming and website development.

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Aug. 4, 2016

Boise Construction Jobs Rise at Nation’s 2nd-Fastest Pace

Construction employment grew at a faster rate in the Boise area than in all but one of the nation’s metro areas over the past 12 months, an industry group said Tuesday.

The Associated General Contractors of America said the Boise area added an estimated 3,600 construction jobs between June 2015 and June 2016, a 19 percent increase to 22,600 workers. Of the 358 metro areas the association tracks, 228 grew, but only Kokomo, Indiana, grew at a faster rate, adding 200 jobs to last year’s 1,000.

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Aug. 3, 2016

First Vinyl in Space, Launched from Idaho

Icarus Craft Makes History: First Phonographic Record Played In Space RECAP VIDEO

To celebrate the seventh anniversary of Third Man Records and their 3 millionth record pressed, Jack White's label previously revealed they would endeavor to make history by playing a phonographic record in space. Mission accomplished: The label's custom-built,

Aug. 2, 2016

Why Companies Are Moving Back Downtown

Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.

Ryan Woodings owns a 15-person tech startup in Boise, Idaho.

His company, MetaGeek, specializes in helping businesses fix and maintain their Wi-Fi systems. Or, as the website puts it, “making Wi-Fi more awesome for more people.”

MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. The student interns are now able to bike over to the office between classes. In the afternoons, MetaGeek employees can take walks on the nearby greenbelt that runs through town along the Boise River. If they want to bike home, the city runs a bicycle rental program and has an expanding network of dedicated bike lanes. “Downtown Boise is where everything is,” Woodings says. “When you have a lunch meeting, or get coffee with a client, it’s always downtown.”

MetaGeek is one of several tech companies that have put down roots recently in the center of Boise. Last summer, Boise State moved its computer science department downtown so that it could be closer to students’ potential employers. And Boise isn’t unusual. In cities across the country, businesses are trying to capitalize on the increasing density of tech talent clustered in the heart of cities.

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Aug. 2, 2016

CWI’s Near Future Promises Two Buildings for the Nampa Campus

One building begets a second building, then a third building and eventually an entire college’s worth of buildings. That’s the continuing story at the College of Western Idaho, the seven year old community college in Nampa that has grown to more than 20,000 students.

CWI intends to start construction within one year on a three story, 80,000 square foot Health Sciences Building directly across the canal from the Academic Building. The estimated $32 million to $35 million building is anticipated to be ready for students in fall 2019. Anchoring the south end of the future quad will be the 140,000 square foot Student Success Center. Construction on the $40 million project is foreseen for an early 2020 start with completion predicted for fall 2021...

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