Feb. 18, 2016

7 Idaho Tech Startups to Keep an Eye On

Idaho Business Insider recently choose seven startups to watch out for in the next couple years. The products they sell and the markets they service are all very different, but the common ground that they all share is Idaho borne ingenuity. The list includes: Gen Z Technology, Inergy Holdings, SaasFocus, PsiFlow Technologies, Willoop, LandProData, and Advanced Ceramic Fibers. 

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Oct. 30, 2015

What’s New in Idaho This Ski Season

Idaho is home to 18 ski areas offering everything from world-class resorts with beautifully groomed runs and glades of feather-light powder for all skiing and boarding abilities, to small community ski areas for sliding on a budget.  Collectively with more than 28,000 leg-burning vertical feet, 20,000 skiable acres and a wide array of Nordic trails, terrain parks, cat ski operations, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills, Idaho has become a hub for skiers and boarders seeking blue skies, fresh powder and few crowds.

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Jan. 13, 2016

Idaho Ranked by Forbes Magazine as One of the Top States for Job Growth in 2015

Idaho was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as one the top states for job growth. The states were ranked according to new job growth in the first three quarters. Idaho’s job growth was tied with California’s at 3%. 

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Apr. 1, 2016

The Best City In America Is Actually Right Here In Idaho

The old adage of “location, location, location” is just one reason why Idaho as a whole has been recently making headlines as a blossoming national icon. The Gem State’s idyllic intersection of desert, mountains, and river oases creates an environment that offers something for everybody, while also quietly resting in close proximity to the urban centers of Seattle, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

But Idaho’s capital is making a name for itself for much more than its beauty and convenience.

With the goal of becoming the most livable city in the country, Boise is a bustling metropolis that has changed dramatically in the past decade or so, rising from a “bait and bullet” town, as it was called by the New York Times, to a thriving center for art, green initiatives, and community development. But it is in its uniquely isolated setting that Boise has truly found its niche as a hip, urban hub that is being praised by nearly every nationally published top ten list.

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Aug. 24, 2015

An Iowan’s Love for Idaho

Iowa farm mom and blogger Alicia Schmitt gives an adoring a crash tour for visiting one of her all-time favorite vacation spots – Boise. 

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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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Apr. 4, 2016

Megan Ronk, Meet the Woman at the Helm of Idaho Commerce

Megan Ronk's work ethic can be summed up by her morning routine. The alarm sounds at 4:30 a.m., and she faithfully gets out of bed to work out at Meridian Adventure Boot Camp before her family wakes up.

At age 36, Ronk is the first woman to lead the Idaho Department of Commerce. The Meridian resident replaces former director Jeff Sayer, who brought Ronk on as public information officer when he became director in 2012. From there, Ronk worked her way up to chief operating officer and was then appointed director by Gov. Butch Otter in January.

“My parents always told me that — and it's true — you're never going to be the smartest at everything, but if you're willing to work the hardest, you'll be successful,” she said. “I've tried to adopt this philosophy.”

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Feb. 9, 2015

Idaho High Schoolers Start Earning Degrees Early

Boise State University is kicking off the new “Sophomore Start” program in the West Ada, Nampa and Parma school districts this spring. The program allows high school juniors and seniors in those districts access to a Boise State University advisor to identify 30 college credits to count towards their major in college. Additionally, those students can quality for $200 or $400 of state funding for dual credit for enrolling in these courses, depending on their grade level. Added up, $5,000 in savings is available to these students. The program is expected to expand to additional districts in coming years. 

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May. 19, 2015

Eating Your Way Through Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho is the place to be if you have a creative food mind. Prices are lower than large cities, people are friendly, fresh ingredients are abundant, and interesting drinks of all kinds, including wine, are being made.

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Jun. 22, 2016

Idaho #4 Best State to Practice Medicine

Idaho offers an extremely low cost of living, average physician compensation ($289,000 last year), low malpractice payouts (just $5.17 per capita in 2015), and a middling overall tax burden of 9.3%. The three cities of Boise, Meridian, and Nampa, spreading east to west over about 30 miles, constitute the "Treasure Valley," Idaho's largest urban area. Dr Brian Crownover, 48, a family practice physician in private practice, moved to Boise several years ago after retiring from a 28-year career in the US Air Force to be near his parents. Although he grew up in the San Diego area and went to medical school in Washington, DC, Dr Crownover says he prefers "the open, spread-out" Western lifestyle. Dr Crownover, who lives in Boise, opened his own practice in nearby Meridian. "I have the flexibility to give new patients an hour-long visit and 30-minute follow-ups; for me, that is professionally satisfying. I get to practice to the full scope of my training, and I get to chart my own course." 

City profile: Ringed by miles of trails, bifurcated by the Boise River, and close to world-class ski resorts, Boise is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Forbes calls it one of the top-20 cities for working parents, and WalletHub ranked it 11th on its 2016 "Best Cites to Find a Job" list.

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May. 25, 2015

Develop.idaho brings IT, education, R&D together

by Martin Hambalek, Idaho Technology Council

The develop.idaho conference showcases the depth of Idaho’s desire to strengthen the state’s economy through knowledge and education in the software and technology sectors. This year, the annual event drew over 500 attendees from throughout the state representing backgrounds in IT, education, policymaking, research and development and much more. 

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Jun. 15, 2016

The Best City in America is Actually Right Here In Idaho

The old adage of “location, location, location” is just one reason why Idaho as a whole has been recently making headlines as a blossoming national icon. The Gem State’s idyllic intersection of desert, mountains, and river oases creates an environment that offers something for everybody, while also quietly resting in close proximity to the urban centers of Seattle, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

But Idaho’s capital is making a name for itself for much more than its beauty and convenience.

With the goal of becoming the most livable city in the country, Boise is a bustling metropolis that has changed dramatically in the past decade or so, rising from a “bait and bullet” town, as it was called by the New York Times, to a thriving center for art, green initiatives, and community development. But it is in its uniquely isolated setting that Boise has truly found its niche as a hip, urban hub that is being praised by nearly every nationally published top ten list.

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Mar. 28, 2016

11 Reasons Why I Moved to Idaho

What’s in Idaho besides potatoes? Having promised my parents that I would visit their new home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought the month in between would be a good time to get to know the state a little better. In partnership with Visit Idaho, I road tripped through the entire state, and what I saw and experienced amazed me to the core. I knew after that month long adventure that I did need change in my life, and that change was leaving California, the state I loved and lived in for most of my life, and trading it in for the quiet and laid back life that Idaho is.

There are a million reasons why I made this change, but here are the top 11 reasons why I moved to Idaho.

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Oct. 1, 2014

Idaho’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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A visual overview of the events, meetups, networking groups, financing, service providers, universities, programs and places that make up the Idaho Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Jan. 29, 2016

Idaho’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Despite being one of the least densely-populated states in the USA, Idaho has a thriving contemporary arts scene that, if recent investments in the state’s arts are anything to go by, will only grow stronger. From the numerous galleries in the vibrant downtown capital of Boise to the arty town of Ketchum in Sun Valley, named one of America’s Best Small Art Towns in 2013, Idaho’s art scene has a lot to offer.

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Jul. 15, 2015

Adventuring in Southwest Idaho

When it comes to adventuring in the great outdoors, this mighty territory has it all. In fact, southwest Idaho offers such an amazing amount of topographical diversity, its regional tourism organization has found it necessary to divide it into six areas (Landmark Journey, High Desert Vistas, Big City, Small Towns, Raging Rapids and Sunny Meadows) to help us plan our visit and keep our bearings. Each area offers more opportunities for adventure than one can imagine. There’s whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and we’ve only just begun!

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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. 

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Feb. 23, 2016

Black History in Idaho Expressed Through Basketball & Art

The words you are about to read somewhat fell into my lap and I'm glad it did, because I think that we can all learn something from the situation playing out in Boise, Idaho this month. Specifically centered on the Idaho Stampede, the NBA's d-league team, and an artist by the name of Patrick Hunter.

For some context, I lived and worked in Boise for three years as a news reporter with one of the affiliates. It was customary for me to immerse myself in the community and that's when I met Patrick. I can't even begin to tell you how many Stampede games I went to while I lived there. Nonetheless, what they have been doing for some time now is helping the Boise community, largely Caucasian learn from others who bring diversity to the area. It was in Boise when I realized just how diverse families could be. It was in Boise, that I learned that there are people in the world that no matter your skin color families could be black or white, African or American.

This year during a special February game, The Idaho Stampede and Patrick Hunter will be paying tribute to influential African-American or Blacks whichever you prefer. The tribute will include the faces of people like, President Barack Obama, Civil Rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr & Coretta Scott King, author & poet Maya Angelou, scientist George Washington Carver, author Frederick Douglass, and NBA great Earl Lloyd to name a few and their faces will be painted by Hunter on the teams jersey's.

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Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Idaho: Adventures For the Fork and Spoon

What do whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and wine tasting have in common? They all make us appreciate a good meal at the end of the day. Recently, Southwest Idaho has been discovered by foodies for its local flavors, intriguing wines, and imaginative chefs, who are pushing sustainability to a new level.

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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