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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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Oct. 26, 2017

Springfield, MO asks what can we do to be as good as Boise?

About 25 years ago, Boise, Idaho, and Springfield were about the same size, with populations around 140,000.

Today, Springfield’s population has grown to about 167,000, while Boise’s has leaped to more than 220,000. 

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce took a group to the city recently, part of an annual program in which local leaders seek ideas from thriving communities.

We reached out to several of the people who went on that trip to find out what Springfield can learn from Boise. A few themes emerged.

Oct. 26, 2017

Best Cities for Quality of Life - Boise #5

Work less, spend less, worry less. Enjoy life more.

It’s an elusive equation for many Americans, yet there are some cities where you’re more likely to find a balance that potentially leads to better quality of life.

NerdWallet analyzed 177 U.S. cities with over 150,000 residents using data estimates from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. We analyzed the number of hours worked, commute times, percentage of income spent on housing, health insurance coverage, poverty levels and unemployment rates to get a picture of quality of life in each location.

Idaho’s capital sits along the Boise River and among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where its residents enjoy miles of trails for hiking and mountain-biking. And residents have time to enjoy them: Boise rates in the lower half of our analysis in average weekly hours worked at 38.1 hours, and its average commute is tied for eighth-lowest overall at 18.4 minutes. The city of 223,000 also gets high marks for affordability, with median income about 33% of monthly gross rent. A note to outsiders: Long-time residents say “BOY-see.”

Oct. 16, 2017

MSN: Boise Ranked #8 Safest City in the World

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.

#8 - Boise. The capital of Idaho lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. That makes for beautiful hiking trails, but Boise also has plenty of museums, galleries, and restaurants to explore too, and it's only growing. It has a safety index of 82.29.

Oct. 16, 2017

USA Today: Meridian Among Top 25 Cities in America

As the land of opportunity, the United States has attracted people from around the world for centuries. Yet not all parts of the country are equally desirable, and some cities are far more livable than others.

On an individual level, subjective measures often override other, more objective, considerations. Sometimes, we live in a place simply because it is where we grew up — it is familiar and where we feel at ease. Still, a range of factors can help compare U.S. cities objectively. Low crime, a healthy economy and affordability are just a few examples of universally desirable attributes in any community.

24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest.

Oct. 13, 2017

Asana - Everything Bouldering

Asana Climbing - A Boise Valley Company

A Boise Valley company at heart, Asana creates and tests all their gear in Idaho. Summed up in a couple of words, Asana Climbing is

Oct. 11, 2017

10 Midcentury Modern Hotspots

Boise, like many cities in the midcentury, experienced a population boom in the postwar years, and new housing cropped up along the city’s edges and out to form suburbs. According to the Idaho Modern Field Guide, “Rim Crest, Randolph-Robertson, Country Club Manor, Glen Haven, Winstead Park, the Boise Heights and Highlands are some of the neighborhoods that were developed by small real estate companies in the 50s and 60s.”

Oct. 5, 2017

Why Boise? Paylocity’s Story

Why Boise? Paylocity's Story.

Paylocity selected Boise for a new expansion facility in early 2016 with plans to create hundreds of quality jobs. Learn more about career opportunities:

Sep. 22, 2017

Neurilink Acquires Seattle’s Blue Sky Integrated Technologies

by Neurilink

Neurilink, a leading audio visual integrator based in Boise, Idaho, is expanding in the Northwest with the acquisition of Seattle’s Blue Sky Integrated Technologies. The joining of these two companies under the Neurilink brand is part of planned strategic growth to better serve the custom audio visual design and integration needs of the Northwest.

“We are proud to be based in one of the nation’s fastest growing metros – Boise, Idaho – but our aspirations don’t end at the state line,” said Neurilink President Mike Fornander.  “While we’ve designed solutions for clients from coast to coast our primary focus is the Northwest. Joining with Blue Sky allows us to diversify our expertise and broaden our footprint in Seattle.”

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Sep. 22, 2017

Boise Ranks 8th Best State Capital to Live In

Boise made yet another top ten list, grabbing the number 8 spot for most livable capital cities in the nation. In order to rank the cities, Smart Asset looked at average disposable income, unemployment rate, rate of dining and entertainment establishments, property crime rates and violent crime rates. Boise came in at number 8 on the list, touting the fourth-lowest unemployment and property crime rate. 

Sep. 22, 2017

Phoenix Magazine: Boy, Oh, Boise

"Funky, outdoorsy, culturally diverse and way more crafty in the kitchen than its baked potato reputation would have you believe, Boise is a lot of fun."

Lauren Loftus came to find out what Bosie is all about. A short trip from Phoenix, Lauren explored the Farmer's Market, took an Indulge Boise Tour, caught a performance at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, rode a Bosie GreenBike and even took a day trip to McCall. She found the City of Trees to be "a little city with a big heart; it’s affordable and accessible; its people are outdoorsy and laid-back; its downtown is experiencing tremendous urban renewal." 

Sep. 19, 2017

Access Over Assets in Boise

by Clark Krause

In the first couple of weeks I was in Boise, my cell phone rang around 7pm. The gentleman calling said, “Hey Clark this is Brad, I was wondering if you might be willing to meet with….” I was polite but did not know who it was for the first couple minutes, then suddenly realized it was Lieutenant Governor Brad Little. A couple things struck me - he values connection, he does it personally, and he does not wait for 3rd parties to arrange it. Having worked in economic development in Utah and New Mexico, I can tell you that any economic development office for a healthy mid-sized state will emphasize the ability to access a governor, mayor or county commissioners to assist a client with timely permitting, zonings, challenges or policy change. The difference in the Boise Metro is that they are a direct phone call away and more importantly, they take action after the call.

These stories and a never-ending stream of similar anecdotes are why I often find myself touting access over assets. Yeah, we have those too, along with the data to back them up and compete head to head. But what sets this metro apart is a spirit of generosity and that two-degrees of access to the places and people to help you grow.  

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Sep. 15, 2017

What Could You Do? Time.

What Could You Do? Time.

Take away the barriers of a long commute, and in Boise you'll find you have more time to enjoy the simple things. No more inching along. 

Sep. 12, 2017

Global Fraud Solution Leader Kount Commits to Downtown Boise

by Kount Press Release

Kount, a global innovator of solutions for fraud and risk management, is re-upping on its commitment to Boise, one of the nation’s fastest growing metros. As the company prepares for another year of significant growth, its leadership is investing in a move that allows for future expansion and keeps the company headquartered in the city where it started.

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Sep. 12, 2017

Amazing Urban Adventure: Where To Find The Outdoors In Town

If you were to draw a Venn Diagram of water-based adventure, mountain-bound outings, and high desert experiences, Boise would sit smack-dab in the middle. Stand in the middle of downtown Boise (preferably while perched atop a stand-up paddleboard), and you’ll spy the Sawtooth National Forest, Boise National Forest, Boise River, and expansive Idaho high desert. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover a 130-mile network of hiking and running trails at the edge of city limits, some of the region’s best waterways for canoeing and kayaking, whitewater rapids in the nearby Owyhee Canyonlands, challenging climbing routes at the Black Cliffs, and wintertime skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Sep. 8, 2017

10 Best US Colleges and Universities for Mountain Bikers

Boise State University is located less than two miles of pedaling from the foothills on the edge of town, which are home “to the Ridge to Rivers trail system that boasts nearly 200 miles of singletrack,” according to Roger Phillips, our Idaho-based correspondent. “The area has a long riding season that can be nearly year-round depending on snow level. Boise sits at 2,800ft elevation, and you can climb to 7,300ft in about 16 miles to Bogus Basin, the local ski area.”

Not only is Boise itself an epic place to ride, but it’s located just over 2 hours from the destination of Mccall and less than 3 hours from Sun Valley.

Boise State is known for its undergrad engineering program, “internationally-accredited business school, Idaho’s largest undergraduate nursing program,” and an acclaimed creative writing program. They also boast “the nation’s only master’s degree in raptor biology” and “one-of-a-kind programs in Basque Studies.”

Aug. 30, 2017

Southwest Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service to San Jose

by Boise Airport

On April 8, 2018, Southwest Airlines will begin flying nonstop service between Boise and San Jose, California. The new service will operate once daily utilizing a Boeing 737.

“We’re very pleased that Southwest Airlines continues to show a real interest in the Boise market”, said Rebecca Hupp, Boise Airport Director. “This will be the third California destination that Southwest Airlines has recently added; they began nonstop service to Sacramento in 2016 and San Diego in 2017.”

Southwest Airlines will join Alaska Airlines as the two carriers providing nonstop service between Boise and San Jose.

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Aug. 23, 2017

Bloomberg Ranks Idaho #1 Top Performing Economy

Idaho has fewer people than Houston, still grows the most potatoes, and outperforms all 49 other states with a 21st-century economy that shows that the U.S. does best when it puts the world first. 

Idaho eclipsed No. 2 Washington by almost four percentage points as its economic health improved 9.7 percent, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of the States, an index measuring employment, personal income, home prices, mortgage delinquency, tax revenue and the stock market.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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