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.  

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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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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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. 

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.

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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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, 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

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. 

Oct. 20, 2015

Boise Announces New Nature Preserve

by City of Boise

On Monday, October 19th, the City of Boise, The Thelma B. Lee trust and the Harris Family Limited Partnership announced the dedication of the newest jewel in the necklace of public parks along the Boise Greenbelt: the Golda Harris Nature Preserve.

Comprising land donated by the Thelma B. Lee and the Harris family, the preserve is to be located on over three acres near Warm Springs Boulevard and Parkcenter Bridge. The Golda Harris Nature Preserve will provide the public with a quiet and reflective sanctuary adjoining riparian areas long noted for an abundant variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, otter and mink.

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Jun. 1, 2015

Idaho Ranks First for Job Growth in 2015

Idaho recorded the largest percentage increase in job growth throughout the nation for the first four months of 2015. Since the end of 2014, employment has increased by 2.2 percent in the Gem State totaling an average of 672,325 jobs. Idaho was followed by Utah at 1.8 percent and Washington at 1.3 percent. 

Feb. 27, 2015

St. Alphonsus to Build Brand New Nampa Hospital

by Saint Alphonsus

via Saint Alphonsus press release

Saint Alphonsus will be building a replacement hospital at the corner of I-84 and Garrity Avenue in Nampa, Idaho. The new $80 million facility will replace the hospital currently located on 12th Avenue in Nampa. Hospital officials are planning on opening the new hospital by the summer of 2017, which will also mark the 100th anniversary of the only Catholic hospital in Nampa.

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Jul. 2, 2015

Alaska Airlines to Begin Nonstop Reno Service

by Boise Airport

Beginning November 5, Alaska Airlines will offer a daily nonstop flight from Reno to Boise. The second nonstop route announced by Alaska Air this year brings the Boise Airport to a total of 19 nonstop destinations across the nation. These flights deepen Boise’s ties with Western states, allowing one easy flight for recreation, business and leisure visitors. 

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Jul. 22, 2016

Materne Set To Hire 85 In Nampa

Materne North America, makers of GoGo squeeZ, received $510,000 in training funds from Idaho Department of Labor to create 85 new jobs at its Nampa plant by February 2017. All of the positions are permanent, full-time jobs that include employer-assisted medical benefits and pay an average of $20.58 an hour. Wages will range from $50 per hour to no less than $12, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

The new jobs include project, quality, reliability and continuous improvement engineers; production, maintenance and sanitation supervisors; operations, purchasing, engineering projects, talent acquisition, and fruit formulation and process managers; sanitation operators; operations associates and maintenance technicians.

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.