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Feb. 17, 2017

Owners of Messenger Pizza Plan to Open Bakery Next Door

This spring, the sweet smell of baked goods will flood First Street South in downtown Nampa.

Shawn and Cassidy McKinley, owners of Messenger Pizza, are opening Savage Baking Company next door at 1226 First St. S. The couple has not yet set an open date, but for now Cassidy said they are shooting for a March opening.

The McKinleys opened Messenger in 2010, serving pizza and sandwiches with local wines and brews. The company bakes its goods in house and uses fresh, organic produce as available, striving to not use genetically modified ingredients.

A similar philosophy is planned for Savage Baking Company, with emphasis on incorporating local ingredients when possible and from responsible sources, Cassidy said.

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Feb. 14, 2017

Love Letters: Boise

As a born-again Boisean, my love letter includes appreciation for the freakishly-friendly nature of the people who reside here. The two instead of six degrees of separation that makes it uber-connected, and the serendipitous convergence of music, culture and creative expression that sparks during our hometown upstart Treefort Music Fest.

It’s because you can start something here with little friction. The connectivity and independent spirit of those who make their home here means the vast majority of us believe in and support the grit and soul of the entrepreneur. Whether challenge or opportunity, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. And when we compete, we compete and drive each other forward instead of stepping on each other to move upwards.

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Feb. 13, 2017

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Ready for Five Days of Fun

Boy oh Boise! Idaho’s capital city is ready to shimmy and shake for five straight days when the Treefort Music Fest takes over Boise’s downtown March 22-26. The festival will feature shows from about 400 performers including sets from recently-announced acts like Angel Olsen, Buku, Chastity Belt, Magic Sword, Mimicking Birds and Y La Bamba.

The Treefort Music Fest takes place at a variety of venues around downtown Boise, which is compact and very walkable. Even the largest of the venues is relatively small and part of the fun at Treefort is being able to get up close to the artists. While the line-up is generally heavy on performers from the Pacific Northwest, bands come from all over the world to showcase in Boise. Some of the performers coming from overseas include Australia’s Alex Cameron, Canada’s Walrus, Swiss act J&L Defer and Happyness from London, England.

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Feb. 13, 2017

Caldwell Awarded $50,000 to Build Musical Instrument Park Downtown

The city of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell, a group highlighting the city’s offerings, were awarded $50,000 to build a musical instrument park in the heart of downtown.

A group of businesses and local organizations known as Together Treasure Valley selected the Indian Creek Musical Art Park project from among 150 other submitted ideas. The park, to be located near the Indian Creek foot bridge, will feature percussion instruments as art forms. It will be designed for visitors to play in a way that encourages social interaction.

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Feb. 9, 2017

Mayor Tammy Says The State of the City is Thriving (Meridian)

by City of Meridian

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced major economic news during her 14th State of the City address on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

In 2016 a total of 3,825 jobs were created in Meridian - a more than 10 percent increase over the prior year. In addition, commercial and residential construction values topped $430 million, an increase of nearly 10 percent.  The Village welcomed the addition of 600 jobs alone. With the construction of the Ameriben/IEC Group and Brighton Corporation headquarters underway at the new Ten Mile Crossing area off I-84 – a mixed-use development focus for the City– the economic outlook continues to be positive heading into this year.

“In the past year we have seen national recognition for our community.  Businesses are expanding and locating to Meridian.  And people are choosing one of our many great subdivisions to call home.  I am pleased to say that the State of our City is Thriving,” said Mayor Tammy.

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Feb. 9, 2017

The Future of Agriculture is Bright in Idaho

If there’s any doubt as to how important agriculture is to Idaho’s economy, take a look at these numbers.

The agriculture and food production sector makes up 20 percent of the state’s sales. At least 14 percent of the jobs in Idaho are in agriculture and food production, and the industry makes up 16 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Agriculture’s contributions to sales and jobs are huge,” said Celia Gould, director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

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Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked in Allstate’s Top 10 Safest Driving Cities During Wet Weather

Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report reveals motorists in certain cities are safer drivers when making their way through winter weather road hazards. Allstate’s report finds that when factoring precipitation with auto property damage claim frequency.

Boise came in at #9 on Allstate's list with the average number of years between collision being 12.8 years and the accident likelihood compared to the national average being --22.1%. 

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Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #3 On U-Haul’s List Of Popular U.S. Growth Cities

The U-Haul company has released new data that identifies the most popular cities that Americans migrated to in 2016. This data is based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions over departures that occurred during the year. While the migration trends do not provide details on population or economic growth, many use it to gauge which cities are most attractive to residents.

Boise, Idaho ranked third on U-Haul’s list of popular U.S. growth cities. This city, Idaho’s capital, has a population of over 200,000. It has a booming tech industry and is considered to be a hub for start-up companies. Additionally, residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and can take part in Boise’s rich culture. They can also take advantage of several different ski resorts that the area has to offer.

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Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #12 In The U.S. News And World Report’s Best Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it's worth a serious look.

Downtown Boise is booming. New construction is all over the area. The Zions Bank building, completed in 2014, is the tallest building in the state and sits at its center. Locally sourced food and drink dominate the summer patio scene. Boise's residents may spend their days enjoying nature, but they fill their evenings dining on locally sourced cuisine, enjoying an opera performance and sipping delicious cocktails.

Idaho's capital sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. Yes, there are wilder places. Yes, there are more urbane places. But Boise is a good place to live if you enjoy easy access to both.

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Boise ranks as #12 with an overall score of 7.1 out of 10.

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Feb. 7, 2017

Sneak Peek At the Next Big Boise River Wave

Engineers are testing a quarter-scale model of the next big wave planned for the Boise whitewater park. The adjustable wave will be installed downstream from the new Esther Simplot Park. Scott Shipley, President S20 Design and Ralph Budwig, Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Stream Laboratory talk about the design of the second phase.
 

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Jan. 31, 2017

Mountain Home Business to be Featured on CNBC Show Blue Collar Millionaires

A Mountain Home business owner will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 1, on a CNBC show, “Blue Collar Millionaires.”

Chuck Ceccarelli founded In The Ditch Towing Products, a manufacturer, and three sales-and-service companies: Idaho Wrecker Sales, IWS Motor Coaches and Fish Fighter Products. 

Ceccarelli started in Bruneau in the mid-1990s and now employs more than 70 full-time workers. He plans to break ground this year on a 50,000-square-foot building to house 20 or more additional employees.

Ceccarelli is the sole owner of IWS Motor Coaches and majority owner of the other companies. He expects combined sales to top $24 million this year.

“Blue Collar Millionaires” is narrated by country-music singer Tim McGraw. This episode will air at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

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Jan. 30, 2017

Albertsons Companies Celebrates Adding 26,000 Jobs & 174 Stores

by Albertsons Companies

On the two-year anniversary of the merger that created the second-largest supermarket company in the U.S., Albertsons Companies announced that since the merger with Safeway, it has grown its workforce by 10 percent, creating 26,000 jobs; built or acquired 174 locations; increased healthy food and financial donations; and elevated its commitment to sustainability.

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Jan. 25, 2017

Indeed Ranks Micron As A Top Company To Work For In 2016

What are the top companies to work for in America?

It’s an important question, and here at Indeed we have data that can help answer it. In fact, we host over 10 million employee reviews, making Indeed the largest online resource of its kind in the world. We wanted to know which companies have the highest number of satisfied employees, so we crunched the data on the Fortune 500 to identify the 50 with the best reviews—the top 50 companies to work for in America.

After all, with the baby boomers retiring and millennials replacing them as the largest demographic in the workplace, we are witnessing an unprecedented generational and cultural shift. As a result, the question of how to motivate and inspire the changing workforce is central to the future of talent attraction and retention. Cutting-edge firms are already experimenting with a mix of culture and creative perks to keep the brightest and the best engaged and happy at work.

Micron, a Boise Idaho based company, came in ahead of Starbucks, Boeing, and Cummings. It took the rank of 46th best company to work for in the United States. 

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Jan. 24, 2017

Balsam Brands Expands Presence in Downtown Boise

by Balsam Brands

Balsam Brands, best-known for their flagship brand, Balsam Hill, the leading-brand of artificial Christmas trees, has announced that they will be opening an office in the historic Union Block building located in downtown Boise later this summer.  Prior to moving in, the company plans to update and restore the space with special details that will honor the history and unique characteristic of the building.

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Jan. 24, 2017

Gayle Manufacturing Finishes Caldwell Plant, Expects to be Operational by Summer

Now that construction of a 166,200-square-foot production facility is complete, Gayle Manufacturing Company President Gary Glenn said it will begin moving steel-fabrication equipment inside its new Caldwell plant.

“We will be operational to some extent within the next few months,” Glenn said of the company’s plans to be fully operational by this summer.

Out of the Caldwell facility, which is on the corner of Weitz Road and Simplot Boulevard, the company will manufacture steel beams, which Glenn described as the “skeleton that supports buildings.”

Previously, the company produced steel out of facilities it operates in Woodland, California, and a facility on Kings Road in Nampa. Eventually, it plans to produce the majority of the steel it fabricates out of the Caldwell facility.

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Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Jan. 12, 2017

Southwest Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service to San Diego

by Admin

On June 4, 2017 Southwest Airlines will begin flying nonstop service between Boise and San Diego. The new service will operate once daily, Monday through Friday, utilizing a Boeing 737.

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Jan. 11, 2017

Idaho Population Growth Strongest Since 2008

by Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho’s population grew by 1.8 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016, the third strongest increase of all states and 1.1 percentage point ahead of the national growth rate. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s population was 1,683,140 as of July 1, 2016, an estimated increase of more than 30,300. This was the strongest increase since 2008 when the population grew 1.9 percent with an increase of 29,200.

Idaho’s population growth can be attributed to a high birth rate and domestic migration, which accounted for 90 percent of the state’s population growth. Idaho ranked fifth in the country for in-migration as nearly 19,000 people moved from other states and countries between mid-2015 and mid-2016. The state’s birth rate was 13.7 births per thousand women, the seventh highest in the country.

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Jan. 11, 2017

Meridian #1 City For New Home Sales

Sometimes homebuyers just want a new home. Lower maintenance costs, up-to-date designs, and a definite lack of murder are on many a must-have list.

To determine which U.S. cities have appealingly high inventories of new homes, Realtor.com analyzed the housing markets of the country’s 400 largest towns. The results were a little surprising.

The ten cities with the highest percentage of for-sale homes built since 2013 are concentrated in the middle of the country, with Meridian, Idaho, leading the charge. A bedroom community for Boise’s growing tech scene, Meridian’s seen a surge of home construction in recent years. More than a third of the city’s housing market is newer construction with a median price just $25,000 above older homes for sale in the area

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Jan. 11, 2017

Exploring Idaho’s Secret Wine Region

Idaho Wine Country Is A *Real* Thing

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and had the opportunity to explore the Treasure Valley Wine Region. 

Sure enough, I hopped in a car with my fellow food-lover friends (and awesome creators) Molly Yeh and Matt & Beau of Probably This to explore what Idaho offers as far as wine goes.

We had such a fun day! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and the wine was SO good! We got to see how it's made and taste it at all different stages of the production process. 

Jan. 6, 2017

A Beautiful Boise Winter

Photo by Lisa Holland

A beautiful day in Boise, Idaho.

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Jan. 4, 2017

A New Year, New Downtown Boise Projects

If 2016 was the "year of the cranes" in Boise, with construction projects running full-tilt across the downtown core, 2017 could well be the "year of the ribbons," with a steady stream of grand openings.

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Jan. 3, 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top Places to Travel in 2017

Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills.

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Dec. 28, 2016

Meridian Feed Mill First in Southern Idaho to Be Certified As Organic

by Admin

The Feed Mill here has been certified as organic, becoming the first feed mill in Southern Idaho to meet the stringent requirements.

“We started getting new customers for our organic chicken feed almost before the ink was dry on our certificate,” said Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the mill.

“Most people today want feed that is both local and organic,” he explained. “Before you could either buy local animal feed or you could buy organic feed. The ‘green’ customer wants both. Now it’s possible at the Meridian Feed Mill.”

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Dec. 28, 2016

Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa

"Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa."

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing, chose Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility. This video explains

Dec. 26, 2016

Boise State Commencement Ceremony Nearly 2,000 Winter Graduates

by Boise State University

Boise State University’s winter Commencement Dec. 17 honored nearly 2,000 mid-year graduates and paid tribute to Rod Lewis, one of Idaho’s longest-serving Idaho State Board of Education leaders.

About 1,000 students participated in the university’s 99th Commencement ceremony. In total, 1,937 students were eligible to receive 2,144 degrees and certificates. Of those, 322 were eligible for honors: 209 cum laude, 97 magna cum laude and 16 summa cum laude.

Boise State expects to confer around 4,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and other degrees this academic year.

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Dec. 20, 2016

X Games Launches Boise Park Qualifier in 2017

by ESPN

As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games will host the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event on June 10, 2017 as they compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis. Streamed live from Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, the Park Qualifier will feature three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. In addition to the live stream, fans can catch the Boise Park Qualifier coverage on ABC as part of the World of X Games content on June 17, as well as coverage across X Games digital and social platforms.
 
In each of the disciplines, the top three medalists from X Games Austin 2016 will pre-qualify for the Minneapolis event. The top six athletes in each discipline at the Boise Park Qualifier will also receive their invites to Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Dec. 20, 2016

CBRE: Let Labor Lead Your Market Expansion

Here’s a question for the corporate decision-makers among you: What markets are you targeting in your geographic growth plan?

The secondary markets that will emerge as winners in the race for talent will be those that best replicate the live-work-play environment of the bigger cities—at a lower cost of living. This is true even in tertiary markets, such as Boise, Tucson or Ann Arbor, where corporations can “partner with local universities … to recognize the opportunities there for smaller-scale operations,” says Seeley. “They are not going to open a 2,000-person tech operation. But for incubators or niche operations, like R&D or cyber security, these are great locations.”

As Kristen Sexton, managing director of CBRE’s Labor Analytics practice, says: “The world is, indeed, flat. Just as capital knows no borders and flows around the world fluently, so too does talent.”

Frank Sinatra may have believed that if you made it in New York you could make it anywhere. Wonder what he thought of Boise?

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Dec. 19, 2016

Boise State Takes Key Step Toward New Fine Arts Building

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved up to $32 million in bonds to augment the state dollars and private donations paying for the construction of Boise State University’s planned Center for Fine Arts.

The facility will house the university’s acclaimed Department of Art as well as public gallery space and a high-tech, high-touch World Museum. The museum will bring arts and treasures from around the globe to Boise through cutting-edge virtual reality and immersive technology.

“Today’s decision and the generosity of arts and education supporters will ensure that Boise State can provide a new centerpiece for Boise’s thriving arts community — and not just for our students and faculty, but for Boiseans and Idahoans of all ages,” President Bob Kustra said. “We’ll welcome all to the building’s public spaces and to the “World Museum,” where visitors can be a part of something new — an interactive space powered by technology developed right here on campus. Imagine touring the Louvre in Paris, France; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain — all in one day.”

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Dec. 19, 2016

Boise MSA Among Top 25 Best Performing Metros

Which factors are determining the divergence in economic performance of metropolitan areas around the nation? Why are some areas thriving while others fall back? The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities index provides an objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas. 

Boise City, ID, ranks 23rd, entering the Top 25 for the first time since 2007. One-year wage growth ranks 15th and short-term job growth ranks 14th. These two indicators are growing 1.9 percent and 2.1 percent faster than the national average, respectively.

Boise City is home to Micron Technology, an employer of 5,000 people and a leader in semiconductor manufacturing that has helped create Boise City’s tech sector. Micron has gifted $25 million to Boise State University for a materials research center. The metro attracts companies such as Paylocity, which has set up an office in Boise, bringing with it 500 jobs. American Semiconductor is based in Boise and plans to move its manufacturing operations to the local tech hub. Cradlepoint, a hardware company based in Boise, garnered $48 million in funding from Sorenson Capital and employs about 300 people.

Technology companies make up a large portion of job and wage growth, but there is a diverse local economy that includes food manufacturing and health care. Hearthside Food Solutions is opening a facility that will employ 168 people. Distillery equipment manufacturer Corson Distilling hired its first employee in 2015 and has since grown to 55 people. Albertsons is headquartered in Boise, employing almost 2,300 people and set to go public this year. Health care in Boise should see gains in the coming years with the St. Luke’s expansion getting underway. The overall Boise City health-care system employs 9,400 people. Boise should continue to see growth in wages and jobs in the next year. 

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Dec. 14, 2016

Inside Look: Idaho Candy Company

Inside a Candy Factory!

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and got an inside tour of the Idaho Candy Company:

All those viewings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory have inspired my imagination to run wild about what it's like inside a candy factory. I finally got to see for myself, at the Idaho Candy Company!

It was just about as magical as I anticipated. (And, of course, tempting left and right for anyone with a sweet-tooth!) Idaho Spuds are the chocolate candies they're best known for, but they make all kind of delicious treats. 

Watch the video to explore the candy factory with me

Dec. 14, 2016

Basque’ing in Boise - How to Make a Spicy Lamb Grinder

How to Make a Spicy Lamb Grinder Sandwich

Katie Quinn recently made a trip to Boise, and here is her review on visiting Bar Gernika:

This Spicy Lamb Grinder Sandwich is THE sandwich to get if you're visiting Boise, Idaho. So I took my camera with me to find out why.

Bar Gernika is a popular Basque restaurant in Boise. Did you know that the largest concentration of Basque Americans is in the Boise, Idaho, area, where approximately 15,000 Basque Americans live?! No wonder this spicy lamb grinder is so amazing!

Here's how it's made:
Sautée sliced green bell peppers, sliced onions, sliced mushrooms. Then add pickled jalapeño. Slices of roasted leg of lamb are added with slices of pepper jack cheese on top. Cover to help melt the cheese. Slice a baguette horizontally and add all of the other ingredients in the baguette. 

The croquettas and dipping sauce are a little more involved, but if you're so inspired, you should attempt to make those, too! (If you find a good recipe, please post it in the comments, I'd love to give them a try!)

Thanks, as always, for watching. Happy eating and #keepitquirky!

Dec. 14, 2016

A Dazzling Gem From Idaho Arrives On Capitol Hill

You know Christmas is right around the corner when images of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree being hoisted from a very long tractor trailer show up on your social media apps and on TV. An ongoing American tradition since 1964, this year, the great tree called fondly by its fans “An Idaho Mountain Gem,” comes from the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho.

Entering the grounds of the Capitol Building to be given by the Forest Service to the Architect of the Capitol and with a full security escort no less, the 80-foot Engelmann spruce rode on a big-rig truck adorned in festive red and labeled “From tree to shining tree.” Keith Lannom, the Payette Forest’s supervisor, reminded the press gathered for the arrival ceremony that “thousands of LED lights and over 6,000 ornaments made by children in Idaho who used 20 pounds of glitter, will hang on the tree…” among other intriguing facts about the tree. Harvested on November 2, the Idaho gem has made quite a journey. It has stopped in 30 cities to much excitement...

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Dec. 7, 2016

Milne MicroDried will Expand Operations in Nampa

by City of Nampa

Milne MicroDried, a Grandview, Wash., based family-owned business is expanding its Nampa production facility.  Milne MicroDried first opened operations in Nampa in 2011 and today is an industry leader in dried fruits and vegetables.  

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Dec. 1, 2016

Grow Here: Why Paylocity Chose the Boise Metro

by Marissa Lovell

Before his plane touched down in Boise, Paylocity’s Senior Vice President of Operations Mark Kinsey was captivated by the view of the city nestled below beaming foothills. Pleasant surprises rolled in with friendly interactions, effortless transportation through the city and a distinct vibrancy in the downtown core.

For companies in the midst of a major growth surge, the next phase of progress often includes expansion into new markets. In March of 2015, Paylocity, a Chicago-based payroll and employee management software solutions company, was faced with making this very decision. With 100 cities across the nation on their radar, company leadership began to search for the perfect location to extend their roots. The ideal setting required access to a certain mix of talent, room for growth and a place that had a natural balance of energy and culture that aligned with the company. 

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Nov. 30, 2016

Boise Police Department’s Refugee Liaison “A Model For Other Communities”

According to The Washington Post, Idaho takes in more than 68 refugees for every 100,000 residents, making it one of the most welcoming states for displaced people in the country. The Boise Police Department responded to the City of Trees' growing population of new Americans by creating a refugee liaison position in 2006.

Since 2012, that job has been held by Officer Dustin Robinson, who coordinates with service providers, educates refugees on their rights and responsibilities in America, and trains officers to deal with situations where refugees are involved.

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Nov. 28, 2016

What’s Cooking Across America at McDonald’s? French Fries (from Idaho Potatoes)

What's Cooking Across America at McDonald's? - French Fries

McDonald’s Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut and McDonald’s Director of Culinary Innovation Chef Jessica Foust take us to the potato fields outside of Boise, ID to see one of the locations where our World Famous fries are born. Using premium potatoes such as the Russet Burbank, our fries are crisp, golden brown, and an all-around fan favorite.

Nov. 21, 2016

Eating Boise

There’s more to Boise than blue turf and trees – and it starts right on a plate! My first nibbles of this delicious city were at my foray through Treefort Fest last spring. Foodfort (Treefort’s tasty twin) allowed me the freedom of nibbling my way through the city by snuggling up with friendly locals and inventive chefs in one delicious food corral. My bites there were just tasty teases – leading me to make my way back for Downtown Boise’s 6th annual Dine Out Boise event (which began last weekend and runs through Nov. 6). With 28 local restaurants masterfully cooking up 2-course prix fixe lunches, 2- and 3-course dinners, special prix fixe small plate menus and fine dining options, I returned to dig into the bounty of what whet my appetite back in March. 

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Nov. 21, 2016

TSheets Secures Fastest Growing Company In North America On Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™

by TSheets

TSheets, the top rated and requested employee time tracking and scheduling app, has seen explosive national and global expansion over the past four years, earning a spot on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America. TSheets has grown 681.6 percent since 2012, serving more than 20,000 businesses across 100+ countries — and the company shows no signs of slowing down.

CEO Matt Rissell attributes 681+ percent annual revenue growth to a disruptive product that solves true small business problems and by placing a major focus on customer experience.

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Nov. 21, 2016

Ada County Awarded Silver Rating for Being Bike Friendly

The League of American Bicyclists has spoke-n. The Washington, D.C.-based league, founded in the 1880s—by cyclists who were then known as "wheelmen"—issues annual designations of bicycle friendly communities. This week, it granted its "silver" rating to Ada County, one of only four counties in the U.S. that attained the status.

Among the criteria for garnering "silver" status are:
A minimum of 3.5 percent of people in the community are commuting by bicycle
A minimum of two annual offerings for adult bicycle skills classes
A minimum of 45 percent of arterial streets with bike lanes
A minimum of 30 percent of the total road network includes a bicycle network

Ada County currently has 306 miles of bike lanes, more than 400 bicycle wayfinding signs and dozens of miles of designated bike routes on arterial and neighborhood streets.

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