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Aug. 16, 2017

Boise Among America’s Most Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Development Goals Index measures how successfully cities are dealing with issues related to poverty, health, and equitable income distribution in addition to climate change objectives like cutting large carbon emissions. Jeff Sachs, Director of the SDSN, said the report—the first of many—creates “an accurate starting line” for cities in their “race to 2030 and a smart, fair, and sustainable future.”

Boise ranks #7 most sustainable...

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Aug. 16, 2017

Fast-Growing Boise Has a Wine and Food Scene to Match

The vinous vistas of Boise, Idaho, may not be most wine lovers’ first thought for a travel destination, but its location in the middle of the up-and-coming Snake River Valley AVA is the ideal base from which to check out the area’s wine country. Boise’s blend of urban savvy, proximity to nature and entrepreneurial streak means the city—one of the 20 fastest-growing in the U.S.—won’t stay unsung for long.

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Aug. 16, 2017

3 Up-and-Coming Culinary Destinations to Visit in the West

The funky Bohemian vibe of Boise, combined with its surprising enclave of Basque immigrants, makes this active and outdoorsy mountain destination on the dessert plateau a unique place to explore. Boise is one of America's fastest-growing cities and with that, there's an exciting culinary emergence along with craft breweries and a burgeoning wine industry with a number of wineries producing excellent vintages with grapes sourced from the Yakima, Snake River and Columbia valleys.

With the largest concentration of Basque immigrants in the U.S., Boise's Spanish population has heavily contributed to the city's culinary and cultural landscape. The Basque Block in downtown is home to several restaurants, with some specializing in dishes that made the Basque region of northeast Spain famous. Don't miss the lively Bar Gernika and the cozy Leku Ona, where you can experience open-air views of the city. Then, take some time to drive to neighboring Meridian, where you'll discover Epi's Basque Restaurant. For over 16 years, Grandma Epi's treasured recipes have been lovingly prepared by her family, continuing the Basque tradition.

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Aug. 11, 2017

‘Best Places’ Lists Play Role in Boise Growth

It seems now days Boise is on a list for everything from “Best Places to Live,” to “Top Places to Retire,” to “North America’s Coolest Downtowns.”

Although, what do all these lists really mean and do people truly pay attention to all of these accolades?

“There's not a month that goes by that Boise, Idaho, doesn't make top 10 on some list,” Boise Regional Realtors President Katrina Wehr said.

The “Top 10” lists are now inspiring people to act.

“If I can get somebody on a plane and they land in Boise, Idaho, the quality of life here sells itself,” Wehr said.

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Aug. 7, 2017

Two Breweries Partner to Create A Solar Eclipse Collaboration Brew

by New Release

Inspired by the upcoming solar eclipse which will cut a swath right through the middle of Idaho, like-minded breweries Mother Earth Brew Co. and Payette Brewing Co. collaborated to create a beer that will bend space and time while you join the masses in observing and celebrating this monumental celestial event. “LUNARtic”- Anti-Gravity Ale with Comet and Galaxy hops and Mosaic lupulin dust. At just 4.8% ABV, this Session Pale Ale is sure to quench your thirst, while still allowing you to properly focus through your SAFE Solar Viewing Glasses! 

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Aug. 7, 2017

300 Apartments, Condos & Townhomes Go Up in Downtown Boise

More than 300 new living units are going up or have just opened in Downtown Boise as developers bet on well-heeled empty-nesters, millennials and other lovers of urban living to buy or rent.

The units are in five projects — two apartment buildings, two condominium buildings and one row of townhouses. They’re mostly smaller than traditional homes and apartments, and they cost more per square foot of space. Many that are move-in ready have sold out or have only a few homes left.

More may be coming. Site preparation has just started on a sixth project, an eight-unit apartment building at Front and 15th streets.

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Jul. 26, 2017

Frontier Airlines Returns to Boise Airport

Frontier Airlines, which last flew out of Boise in fall 2011, has announced plans to begin service next spring between Boise and Denver. “It’s absolutely great news,” said Sean Briggs, spokesman for the Boise Airport. Airport officials spoke with Frontier executives a couple of years ago and were told the airline was interested in returning to Boise. “They mentioned they were looking at Boise, but it sounded like it was more of a three- to five-year plan, so we were pretty excited to see it happen as quick as it did,” Briggs said.

Frontier spokesman Richard Oliver said the company is pleased to be coming back to Boise. “It’s a destination people have been asking for and a place people have been asking for low-fare service,” Oliver said. The Denver-based carrier expects to begin service between the two cities around May 10, Oliver said. Frontier plans to use Airbus A319s or A320s, which carry 160 to 180 passengers.

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Jul. 19, 2017

11 Months Later, Nampa’s Mother Earth Brew Co. Is Expanding Again

by Admin

Since first opening its doors in 2010, Mother Earth Brew Co.’s growth has continued at an extremely strong and steady rate averaging triple-digit increases each year.

In 2016, having nearly maximized production at its original San Diego area brewery, Mother Earth (MEBC) opened a new 40,000sf brewery capable of 100,000bbl production in Nampa ID, very near the Idaho state capital of Boise.

Now, just eleven months later, “Mother Earth – Nampa” has already neared its current production limit and is in the process of Phase 2 development to include infrastructure and fermentation improvements. In addition, MEBC is also beginning a planned expansion of its packaging areas to allow for increased throughput and the future introduction of new packaging formats to market.

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Jul. 19, 2017

AppDetex Expands in Boise with a New Location, Website and Revamped Logo

by Admin

AppDetex opened expanded offices in downtown Boise, Idaho. The additional space will house its marketing, sales, and product teams and includes a conference room in a re-designed facility. The added expansion allows AppDetex to accommodate its fast growth and keep pace with current and future client needs.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be located in downtown Boise where we are able to find such a dynamic and welcoming space,” notes CEO Faisal Shah, “Our team here at AppDetex is one of the keys to our success. This annex gives us the opportunity to further support our team with usable creative and collaborative workspace.

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Jul. 14, 2017

Idaho In Top 10 of America’s 10 Cheapest States to Live in 2017

One of the most powerful ways to attract great workers is to provide them an affordable place to live. These 10 states certainly have that going for them. The Cost of Living category in our annual America's Top States for Business study measures all 50 states on an index of prices for basic items.

A 5-pound sack of this state's most famous product will cost you just $1.40 in Boise. The same potatoes — considerably more traveled — will cost you nearly four times that in Sarasota, Florida. Okay, you are thinking: But I bet I can get orange juice a lot cheaper in Sarasota. And you are wrong. Juice prices in Idaho are roughly the same as in Florida, maybe a little lower. Want a steak with your potatoes? You can pick up a nice T-bone for under $10. It would cost you one and a half times that in New York City. And a nice bottle of wine can be had in Idaho for around $5. In some places you'll be lucky if that buys you a fairly awful glass.

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Jul. 11, 2017

Nampa and Boise Rank in the Top 3 Best Run Cities in America

In order to determine the best- and worst-run cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the most populated cities across six key categories: 1) Financial Stability, 2) Education, 3) Health, 4) Safety, 5) Economy and 6) Infrastructure & Pollution.

We evaluated those dimensions using 33 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of service.

Nampa, Idaho ranked #1 Best Run City in America, and the City of Boise came in at #3.

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Jul. 6, 2017

American Airlines Starts Daily Flight from Boise to Chicago

American Airlines began nonstop service Wednesday between Boise and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

The new service operates on a Bombardier CRJ700 that holds up to 70 passengers, according to the Boise Airport, with one daily flight in each direction.

Flights will leave Boise at 1 p.m. daily, arriving in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. Central time. Return flights are scheduled each morning, leaving Chicago at 9:20 a.m. Central and arriving in Boise at 12:25 p.m.

American Airlines already offers nonstop service from Boise to Phoenix and to Dallas-Fort Worth, the airport said in a news release. American is the second airline, after United, to offer year-round nonstop flights to Chicago. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop summer-season service to Chicago Midway, the airport said.

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Jun. 20, 2017

Allegiant Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service To Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

by Boise Airport

On October 6, 2017, Allegiant Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boise and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The new service will operate twice weekly, with departures and arrivals on Friday and Monday.

With the addition of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, the Boise Airport has service to 21 nonstop destinations, just one less than the record of 22 nonstop destinations served in 2007.

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Jun. 19, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Teaches Us How To ‘Festival Better’

What if your festival experience asked you to grow as a human, to learn as an artist, as an individual? What if we stopped worrying about what everyone is wearing and who is who and we all just hung out for a weekend? I truly mean it when I say Treefort is for everyone, there is no scene, no pretense, no cool kids, or exclusionary vibe. It’s just nothing but goodness.

So, let this be a call to change festival culture and learn from these Idahoans. Let’s be a little more inclusive, and a little more loving, a little more inclined toward discovery and trying something new. Because there are podcast chats to hear, midnight Magic Sword to attend, and tacos to eat, and lambs roasting in honor of the Basque heritage, and late night breakfasts, and a million other delightfully strange things to try and see and listen to. And who knows, you just might love it.

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Jun. 7, 2017

Technology Company Jelli Expands Operations in Downtown Boise

by Admin

Jelli, a technology firm based in San Mateo, announced the significant expansion of its customer success and marketing operations located in its new downtown Boise office. Founded in 2009, Jelli is the technology that powers programmatic platforms for the $40B global radio industry. New offices in Boise and New York City will accommodate the company’s recently announced growth of more than 266% percent in gross media spend executed on their platform. 

“Ultimately, the Boise-based office will include other core Jelli functions, and the people we’ve hired already demonstrate the company’s innovative, passionate, diverse, and customer-centric culture," said Mike Dougherty, Jelli co-founder and chief executive officer.  "Boise is the ideal market for us. We selected the Mountain West due to the area’s diverse talent pool, access to major universities, close proximity to our Silicon Valley headquarters, and because doing business in Idaho is significantly easier.”

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Jun. 1, 2017

8 American Cities You Should Visit Before They’re Too Popular

Usually you can rely on hipster millennials to tell you what's gonna be cool before it's cool. Like, drinking uncomfortably hoppy beer, or eating Spam, or which neighborhood will be the next hip neighborhood. But for whatever reason, you rarely hear talk of the next up-and-coming travel destination (except, like, Mexico City. "I was going to Mexico City waaay before everyone else was going to Mexico City.”)

Channeling my inner cool kid, I went searching for under-the-radar cities across the US that are poised to become the new Nashvilles and Portlands -- polling travel experts around the country and looking at data trends like increased hotel construction and tourism infrastructure. And, you know, cities with the cool, calm, collected demeanor of someone who knows something you don’t yet. Here are eight cities you should go visit before they get too popular.

Boise, Idaho

If you want to see Seattle, Portland, or Denver before $14-a-drink bars discovered them, check out Boise. The creative center of Idaho is filling the beer-and-outdoors gaps these cities left when they fell to the mass popularity. Firstly, it boasts 190 miles of single-track trails that start practically in the middle of Downtown and a 30-mile Greenbelt trail that traverses the city. Second, Boise opens brewpubs like Florida builds condos, with four new ones planned for this year, including Bozeman’s White Dog. The X-Games will be hosting a qualifier at the city’s spanking-new skate park, and Bogus Basin just pumped $4 million into summer-activity improvements. Combine all of this with the walkability and affordability bigger cities lack, and you’ve got a strong case for Boise as “the new Portland.”

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Wyatt Schroeder on Intentional Growth

by Marissa Lovell

While bouncing around the East Coast working on political campaigns, Wyatt Schroeder heard countless stories of poverty and homelessness. Never having lived that experience, he felt compelled to address these issues head on and began working in low-income housing repair with AmeriCorps. Hearing stories of struggle and perseverance to maintain a healthy living environment gave him a fresh perspective on his own life and his ability to give back to those in need. Following this pursuit to Virginia and Philadelphia, Wyatt found himself seeking a change of scenery and started to look at cities that were beginning to grow. Within a few hours of visiting Boise, he knew the City of Trees was going to be home.

In 2015, Wyatt was hired as a consultant for Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless (CATCH) Inc., a local nonprofit organization with a vision “for an Idaho where no family experiences homelessness and those that do are swiftly and compassionately guided back into a home of their own.” At the time, CATCH was facing serious financial distress. The organization had a maxed line of credit and was operating with 50 percent of funding sourced from a grant that was nearing its end. Wyatt was soon hired as Executive Director of CATCH and began to make moves towards getting the organization back on its feet.

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May. 23, 2017

Boise #2 City for Young Professionals 2017 - Forbes

Approximately 1.9 million students around the country will graduate with bachelor’s degrees this year, many this month and next. A key question as they prepare to pursue their dreams: where?

The most surprising may be No. 2 Boise, Idaho, which makes the list thanks to strong job growth projections and a high percentage of adults with college degrees. Boise also ranked 13th on our list of the best places for business, in part due to its fast-growing tech sector. Government and business, however, remain the strongest sectors.

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Angela Taylor Living On Purpose With a Purpose

by Marissa Lovell

Growing up in Mountain Home, Idaho, Angela Taylor learned hard work, integrity and service through the actions of her parents. Her father, a United States Airman, and her mother, a teacher’s aide, demonstrated what it meant to live life on purpose and with purpose, and challenged her to rise to her potential. After graduating from high school, Angela attended Stanford University where she studied economics and won multiple national championships with the women’s basketball team. Recognizing the social and economic impact of athletics, Angela headed to business school at New York University, where she became involved in launching professional women’s basketball as WNBA Senior Director of Player Personnel.

After nine years, Angela began to move back towards the West Coast working as Vice President of Business Operations for Minnesota Lynx, General Manager of Washington Mystics and President and General Manager of Atlanta Dream. In 2015, Angela wanted to be closer to her parents and moved back to Boise with a pressing thought on her mind – how can I generate opportunities for the community that contribute to the economic development in Boise? 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Sonia Galaviz Opening The Door For Opportunity

by Marissa Lovell

Sonia Galaviz never planned on being a teacher. Her sights were set on becoming a lobbyist from the time she began high school in Northern Idaho up until the middle of her college career at Boise State University. Everything changed when she began volunteering at a family literacy program for migrant workers in Caldwell. Witnessing the power reading and writing had in that community, Sonia knew from then on that she was meant to teach.

Sonia teaches fifth-grade at Garfield Elementary – one of the oldest schools in Boise School District that now exemplifies the bright future within the Boise Valley. Although there are 18 languages spoken under Garfield’s roof, one is universal – the language of opportunity. 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Luis Caloca Turning Ideas Into Action

by Marissa Lovell

Luis Caloca, Director of Enrollment Management and One Stop at College of Western Idaho, has paved his way by turning ideas into action. Starting out in Wilder within a predominantly Hispanic community, Luis’s life was transformed when his family moved to Canyon County and enrolled him in West Canyon Elementary – at the time, a school with very few Hispanic students. 

Experiences like that led him and two others to create the Future Hispanic Leaders of America in their senior year – an organization committed to helping Hispanic students advance in education by assisting with college admission, finding scholarships and grants and serving as a support group for those sharing similar experiences.

These pivotal experiences early on in Luis’s education paved the way to a career in higher education – specifically a career where he could work with students and the community to address the same adversity he felt as a student.

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May. 8, 2017

Expedia Ranks Boise Among N. 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?

Find your chill: Craving some amazing craft beer? Visit downtown Boise in early October for the annual Hoptober Freshtival, hosted by Boise Brewing.

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May. 8, 2017

AppDetex Raises $5.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

by Admin

AppDetex, a Boise-based software company providing online and mobile brand protection to global brands, announced today that it has raised $5.5 million to expand its products and accelerate growth. EPIC Ventures led the round with participation from Origin Ventures and existing investors.

Founded in 2012 by brand protection veterans Faisal Shah and Chris Bura, AppDetex provides innovative solutions to global corporations experiencing reputation and revenue loss from brand impersonation in the online and mobile space – including domains, marketplaces, social media and mobile applications. Through AppDetex, customers efficiently monitor high-risk verticals, identify active violators and, enforce on intellectual property violations.

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May. 5, 2017

Pre-Accreditation Granted to Idaho’s First Medical School

by Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has awarded the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) its pre-accreditation status. This is the school’s most recent step in preparation to open its doors in August of 2018.

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May. 5, 2017

Fresca Mexican Foods Expands in Caldwell

 Fresca Mexican Foods has quietly turned out millions of tortillas each day from its factory in Boise and shipped its product to destinations around the world.

The company was founded 40 years ago and has since grown to become a major player in the crowded tortilla market, all while tucked away in a business park off Emerald Street.

Andy Savin, the company’s president, CEO and owner, said Fresca has earned its wide customer base by carving out a niche with its fresh frozen process. That means its corn and flour tortillas stay fresh, even when opened by clients as far away as Australia.

“We’re the only company of the many tortilla companies in the U.S. that basically freezes our product for quality reasons to preserve freshness,” Savin said. “It allows us to eliminate preservatives, to eliminate additives and have a healthier, cleaner product. That’s the way we’ve been built for 40 years. We’ve progressed down that path and perfected it over many years.”

The company’s success has caused some growing pains at its Boise location. Because of that, Fresca is moving its headquarters and its 170 employees to a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot facility under construction in Caldwell. The new building will be more than twice the size of its current 82,000-square-foot Boise factory. That space has the capacity for Fresca to double the amount of tortillas it produces each day — which now averages 3 million — and add new products to its lineup, including flat bread, pita bread and pizza dough, Savin said.

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May. 3, 2017

Boise Among Top 5 Cities for Young Families 2017

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar—what Boise lacks in fame it makes up for in peaceful standard of living at a very reasonable price. 

In fact, next to Arlington, Boise is the least expensive place to live in our list at $942 average monthly rent. Not only is it cheap, it’s also incredibly safe: in 2006 Boise came in #1 on Farmer’s Insurance list of the most secure places to live. 

That’s not the only thing that makes Boise a great place to raise a family. Boise Town Square is the city’s biggest mall and has everything you could want, from a Build-a-Bear Workshop to a Dave and Busters. 

Zoo Boise is beautiful, educational, and fun for all ages, and Bogus Basin is a fantastic weekend ski getaway.

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May. 1, 2017

Boise - “It’s My Place”

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There's no better way to learn about a community, than from the people who live and thrive there.

Apr. 14, 2017

City of Boise Opens Boise WaterShed River Campus

The 2-acre complex was designed and planned by a team of artists, engineers, and educators. It tells the story of the Boise River watershed through public art, landscaping, water features and interactive exhibits.  The park-like setting allows visitors to discover water’s many roles in cities and agricultural areas and how citizens can protect and conserve these resources for the future.

The public art was completed by 14 local artists and tells the story of the Boise River, from the headwaters in high mountain streams, to Lucky Peak Reservoir, flowing through Boise and downstream communities, before eventually joining the Snake River.

Located at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility (formerly referred to as the Wastewater Treatment Facility), the $3.1 million dollar project was funded by the City of Boise’s Department of Public Works, Department of Arts & History and the Percent for Art Program, and Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.  Programming includes free tours and hands-on education. In 2016, the Boise Watershed provided education to nearly 23,000 Treasure Valley residents, many of them school-aged children.

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Apr. 14, 2017

Work Begins on Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell

Once complete, Indian Creek Plaza will have a concert stage, ice rink in the winter and fountains in the summer. It’s expected to host at least 150 events or activities each year.

According to a construction timeline handed out at the ceremony, the $6.5 million project is estimated to be complete by Jan. 25.

One of the plaza’s most unique features is an ice ribbon. The ice ribbon takes skaters around the plaza on a narrow lane of ice and back to a traditional ice rink.

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Apr. 12, 2017

Title One and Idaho Recognized by RIS Media

Idaho has a lot going for it these days. Just ask Mark Tidd, CEO of Boise-based TitleOne Corporation, with 13 locations serving 14 counties throughout the state. From affordability to lifestyle, Idaho’s allure is attracting many out-of-state homebuyers, drawn by the promise of an all-around better quality of life. In this exclusive interview, Tidd shares just why Idaho is booming, and how his firm supports the rise in homeownership by playing a key role at the closing table.

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Apr. 5, 2017

Saint Alphonsus & St. Luke’s Listed On The 100 Great Hospitals In America

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2017 edition of its list of "100 great hospitals in America."

The hospitals included on this list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report's 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Truven Health Analytics top hospitals, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet accreditation.

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Apr. 3, 2017

Treefort Music Fest’s Best Year So Far

Treefort Music Fest kicks off the annual festival season in the Northwest and now in its sixth year, Treefort has become one of the must attend events in the country. Where else can you catch over 400 bands, sample a wide variety of micro-brews and ciders, learn a whole lot about technology and see new and emerging films?

Treefort Music Fest has become a seasonal celebration to explore new music and bands from around the country. With a heavy dose of the Boise music scene, bands from Seattle, Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, London, New York and points in-between come to Boise to hang-out for the long weekend.

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Apr. 3, 2017

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017 - Kiplinger

Located in the southwest corner of the Gem State, Boise benefits as a regional alternative to Seattle, Portland, or Salt Lake City, all a six- to eight-hour drive away (but hey, this is the West, where folks are used to driving long distances).

Boise is the state capital, largest city in the state, and home of Boise State University, with its iconic blue-turfed football stadium. It’s also one of the least expensive large metros in the wide-open spaces of the West. Local industries that are hiring briskly include health care, construction, manufacturing and finance. Boise is big on both agribusiness and semiconductors, and has many tech start-ups. Clearwater Analytics, a local start-up, now has a 10-story building downtown. The great outdoors is always close by with the Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Big employers include St. Luke’s health systems, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology, HP and the state government.

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Mar. 31, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Is the Festival We Need, But Don’t Deserve: A 2017 Recap

With music festivals being at their peak of popularity – and their peak of homogenization – the search for a festival that truly offers something others don’t becomes that much more prevalent. In the saturated market that is the modern festival scene, if you see a really stacked festival that happens to be taking place far away from you, you can generally take comfort in knowing that at least three-fourths of those artists will be booked for festivals near you.

It’s for this reason that many including myself have been intrigued by the growing popularity of Boise, ID’s Treefort Music Fest, a festival that has for all intents and purposes achieved universal god-tier status as the best festival currently running regardless of location, with a community and feel unlike any other festival you’ll find. It’s easy to be skeptical – especially since Boise’s second most-popular music festival’s 2017 lineup boasts such mouth-watering headliners as Flo Rida and Austin Mahone – but to any Treefort newcomers whom were in the audience in 2017, it’s hard to shake the sensational feeling that Treefort is the most at-home you’ll feel with a modern festival.

At its foundation, Treefort is the city of Boise’s attempt at “North By Northwest,” a name and concept you’ll hear thrown around when discussing any Northwest festival that goes for the SXSW formula of having several venues all in one space, with different showcases happening at once, across a longer stretch of days than the usual two- or three-day festival. However, Treefort’s most unique selling point, besides its communal feel, is the emphasis it puts on spotlighting the unknowns of the Northwest. Out of Treefort’s five days, the main stage was only open for three, and while there were some bigger artists that played on these first two days, spreading out the popular names among these smaller venues and giving them the same showcases as Boise locals and national unknowns alike led to a more even playing field and some of these smaller bands walking away with new fans.

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Mar. 30, 2017

The NYLON Guide To Boise, Idaho

When you think about Idaho, the first thing that probably comes to mind is potatoes. Of course, there’s so much more to the state than what comes out of its soil. It’s a place of real natural beauty, where it’s impossible not to be in complete awe of the mountains, rivers, and parkland. Plus, breathing in all that clean air will really change your perspective on the world around you. I recently had the opportunity to spend five glorious days in Boise for Treefort Music Fest. In between all of the indie rock showcases that were spread throughout the downtown area, I had some free time to explore the heart of Treasure Valley. I was lucky enough to have had the advantage of being shown everything that this pleasant city has to offer from local residents, and now I can share that wealth of information with you. Here, then, are 17 must-see spots you need to hit when you visit the City of Trees.

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Mar. 27, 2017

Amalgamated Sugar Factory Celebrates 75 years

To most people, the Amalgamated Sugar Company's factory in Nampa is a marker for when to turn off Interstate 84, and a place where “they store a lot of beets.” But over its 75-year history, the factory has stood as more than that to its workers and the community it serves — it is a symbol of tradition.

“We have employees who generations of their family have worked here in some capacity. Whole families have worked here,” McAnally said.

When the factory first opened, the company was producing a little more than 2,000 tons of sugar each day. It finished its first production year cutting a total of 192,970 tons of sugar beets and producing a little more than 553,000 bags of sugar weighing 100 pounds each. More than 660 growers sent their sugar beets to the Nampa facility in its first year alone.

Today, those numbers seem like small potatoes to the company that cuts more than 12,000 tons of beets a day and produces 2 million pounds of sugar every 24 hours. The sugar company now also produces beet pulp, molasses and other beet by-products for use by food and animal-feed manufacturers.

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Mar. 24, 2017

Boise Ranks On Another Kiplinger List

It’s been a slow climb back from the Great Recession for the nation’s major metropolitan areas. Yet job seekers often overlook the small and medium cities located near or relatively near the big hubs. As the big metro areas recover, these smaller “satellite” cities benefit from spreading regional business growth, while offering lower housing and commuter costs, putting less of a squeeze on employee salaries than more expensive, congested places a few hours away.

That can mean both abundant job opportunities and budget-friendly home prices for folks looking to relocate. All of these cities’ job markets have been growing faster than the national average, most have lower jobless rates than the national average, and all are expected to continue to outperform economically this year.

Boise came in at number 10 on the list and showcased large employment growth and a shrinking unemployment rate. 

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Mar. 23, 2017

Saint Alphonsus Nampa Makes Top 100 List

The hospital on 12th Avenue Road was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. This is the first time the hospital made the list.

The list is considered one of “the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind,” according to a Saint Alphonsus press release.

“Being recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals is truly an honor,” Saint Alphonsus — Nampa President Karl Keeler said in a press release. “Our staff and leadership work very hard to do what’s best for our patients, the community, and each other. This award is representative of the extraordinary people and high-quality care we deliver at Saint Alphonsus in Nampa.”

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Mar. 17, 2017

American Bar Association Approves First-Year Law Program in Boise

by Cara Hawkins

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved the opening of a first-year law program in Boise for the University of Idaho College of Law. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the first-year law program in February. A first-year law program will now be available in both the Moscow and Boise locations beginning this fall semester.

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