May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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Apr. 18, 2016

Built in Boise: Outdoors & Innovations

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From outdoors to innovations, here is a roundup of profiles from February, March and April... 

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Dec. 5, 2014

Glanbia Announces $82M Expansion

Cheesemaker Glanbia Foods announced this week their plans to expand their current cheese making operations with a new addition to help meet the demand for whey. Glanbia was issued a building permit in September for the 7,415-square-foot building slated to be constructed by Big-D Construction Corp, according to the permit. Glanbia plans to add up to 50 jobs with the expansion. Plans for the expansion were announced after the economic advisory council of the Idaho Department of Commerce approved their incentive plans in accordance with the Tax Reimbursement Incentive, passed earlier this year. 

Apr. 7, 2015

Idaho’s Biggest Cities Thrive, Develop, Flourish

Idaho has seen noticeable growth in the past decade and the prosperity continues today. Throughout the state cities are booming, but the Boise Valley tumphs all with expanision, success and development happening from seemingly every angle. Newsmax's list of '10 Biggest Cities in Idaho' overviews much more than the size of our beloved cities; almost half of the list falls within the Boise Valley, highlighting everything from endless recreation and opportunity to populations rising and afforable living. 

Sep. 16, 2015

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

An interesting look at how Simplot Company came from simple roots and went on to becoming on of the largest food producers in the world. 

Aug. 20, 2015

10 Exciting Things Happening at Boise State University

by Gregory Hahn, Boise State University

Boise State University President Bob Kustra highlighted an ever-growing research presence, the success of a recent initiative to boost science, technology, engineering and math graduates, and much more in his State of the University kick-off address on Aug. 19. He also pointed out a number of innovative and exciting programs and events taking place across campus. He calls this list the “Top Ten Great Things Going on at Boise State That I Had Nothing to Do With.”

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Feb. 25, 2015

Discovery Center of Idaho Makes Top 10 Best Museums for Kids

The Discovery Center of Idaho, located in Boise, was included on the '10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids and Kids at Heart' list featured on With over 200 interactive exhibits exploring science, technology, engineering and math, the Discovery Center proudly encourages lifelong learning and innovation for all ages.  

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. 

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. 

May. 5, 2016

Strider Group Developing Spec Buildings

A Ketchum company is entering the Treasure Valley industrial real estate market with plans for a 60,000-square-foot building in an industrial park in Caldwell and 52,000-square-foot building at an industrial park on the east side of Boise.

Developer Strider Group LLC started buying and selling bank-owned commercial property about four years ago, said Scott Thomson, who manages real estate for the family-owned company. At its peak, the company owned about 200,000 square feet of commercial space with 10 or 15 properties around the state, Thompson said.

Now it’s venturing into industrial real estate construction. Strider is building both of its Treasure Valley structures on spec, with no tenants in mind.

Mar. 10, 2016

Idaho’s Economy Experiencing Rapid Growth

by Idaho Department of Labor

Every two years, the Idaho Department of Labor releases 10-year-projections of what Idaho’s economy may look like. After years of sluggish economic growth the department’s most recent projections indicate that Idaho’s economy may finally be heating up. From 2012 to 2022 Idaho payroll jobs are projected to grow 16.3 percent – 1.5 percent annually – and add more than 109,000 jobs to the economy. While 16 percent growth would be excellent news for the state’s economy, Idaho’s economy appears to be well ahead of schedule and on track to significantly outpace the national economy.

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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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Oct. 31, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Is Up And Brewing In Nampa

Mother Earth Brew Co. started brewing beer in mid-September in Nampa at a retrofitted seed building that’s expected to produce the largest volume of beer in Idaho in 2017.

A 500-square-foot tasting room with capacity for 33 people opened at the brewery on Oct. 8.

Owner Daniel Love forecasts his 40-barrel Mueller four-vessel brew house will produce 7,000 to 10,000 barrels through the balance of 2016 and he anticipates 25,000 barrels for 2017, “fingers crossed.”

“Currently, the way I’m set up, I can do 60,000 barrels,” Love said, adding that future capacity in the 40,710-square-foot former Sygenta Seed building at the I-84 Industrial Park could reach 100,000 barrels a year.

Payette Brewing Co. is the largest Idaho brewer at 12,000 barrels a year. That total is projected to increase to 15,000 to 20,000 barrels in 2017, the first full year for Payette at its new downtown Boise brewery, owner Mike Francis said.

Mother Earth expanded to Idaho from the San Diego suburb of Vista, where the original Mother Earth will remain to serve the southern California and Arizona market. In Vista, Mother Earth has a 22,000-square-foot brewery and 6,000-square-foot tasting room.

But Daniel and Erin Love have sold their home in San Diego and now live in Eagle.

Beer from Nampa is already distributed in Idaho (100 Jacksons Food Stores, 24 Albertsons, 10 Fred Meyer stores and 250 rotating taps at bars), Oregon, Washington, northern California and Nevada. Expansion to any other states will also be handled from Nampa.

“We’re close on Colorado and Chicago,” Love said. “We’re working on Philadelphia, New York and Texas next year. We have a pretty good following in New York City. I don’t know how the beer gets there.

Sep. 2, 2015

Bogus Basin unveils ‘road map’ for year-round plans

Community leaders in Boise revealed exciting plans Tuesday for Boise’s hometown winter recreation area - Bogus Basin. “I can tell you that what you are seeing happening up at Bogus this summer is a preview and kind of an anchor of what’s to come.” It’s the kinds of summer recreation the public wants to see.

Jun. 2, 2016

American Airlines Begins Nonstop Service to Dallas

by Boise Airport Press Release

The Boise Airport held a ribbon cutting ceremony for American Airlines’ new nonstop service from Boise to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this morning. This is the the airport's 20th nonstop destination around the country. 

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Mar. 13, 2015

George’s Cycles Downtown Location Move and Expand

George's Cycles and Fitness will relocate two blocks west onto the corner of Front and Third streets. The 23,346 square-foot space includes a basement, which gives the company room to store more bicycles and expand in comparison to their current location. Renovations are expected to be completed in spring of 2016.

Feb. 23, 2015

Esther Simplot Park planned for Spring 2016

The park, named after the wife of agriculture giant J.R. Simplot, is set to open in Spring of 2016. The 55-acre park will have 13 acres of open, grassy space, about 17 acres of connecting ponds for people to swim and fish, and "Friendship Island," where children and families can explore Boise's river habitat. The park will also include a playground with wood obstacles and interactive features to foster innovation and creativity. 

Jun. 2, 2016

Idaho Ranks Second In Tech Sector Growth

Idaho was recently ranked number two in the country for Tech Sector Growth, closely behind Utah. Idaho's Tech sector grew by 6.3 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to CompTIA’s 2016 Cyber States Report. The report also highlighted that Idaho's Tech Sector, on average, pays 136% better than the average private sector position. 

May. 6, 2015

Payette Brewing Co. Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

by Payette Brewing Company

A Boise Valley craft brewery, Payette Brewing Company has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and the Community Excellence Award. One of the leading craft breweries in the state, Payette Brewing Company has continuously supported the Boise Valley community through their Payette Forward programs, which donate proceeds from beer sales to a featured Idaho non-profit. 

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Nov. 11, 2015

Talking Diversity at Boise’s Trailhead

A roundtable discussion was recently held at Trailhead in downtown Boise to discuss why diversity is becoming so important in the Boise Valley. The  members discussed why the Boise Valley and Idaho need to work towards creating a environment more welcoming to people of a variety of backgrounds. The discussion panelists included Byrd, AppDetex Founder Faisal Shah and Operations Director Dr. Krissa Wrigley, Dr. Harry Lazarte, and Boise State student and organizer Andres Lazarte, who said he hopes to hold similar summits in Boise on a quarterly basis. They hope to make Idaho the example of diversity for the rest of the country to follow.