Sep. 9, 2015

USA Today: Meridian #1 Best Corn Maze to Visit for Family Fun

Idaho's original corn maze, the Farmstead MAiZE, gets carved across an 18-acre cornfield into a new design each year. This year's maze theme is "Never Grow Up" and there's an easier Kiddie Corn Maze for the little ones. Along with mazes, there's a pumpkin patch, hayrides and a host of family-friendly games and activities including this year's newly added small zip line and catch-and-release fishing pond. September 25-October 31. 

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. 15, 2018

Paylocity chose Meridian for its expansion capabilities, workforce

When Paylocity first toured this area a few years ago with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Meridian Economic Development administrator Brenda Sherwood had no idea who they were.

“We all signed (non-disclosure agreements), and we showed around people who we had absolutely no clue who they were or why they were visiting,” Sherwood said. “A lot of companies do that just because they like to keep the confidentiality so their competition is not aware of where they’re going.”

Now the company is well known to the area, and it’s building a permanent office space in Meridian that will eventually employ up to 500 people.

Jul. 29, 2016

Meridian Fiddler Seeks 4th World Championship Title

Katrina Nicolayeff was just 3 years old when she first played fiddle for the president of the United States.

Now, the Meridian musician has not only played for two other presidents — not counting an upcoming performance before President Barack Obama — but she's won three grand national championships and three world championships.

In September, Nicolayeff will compete for her fourth world title at the Grand Ole Opry's Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville.

Aug. 11, 2015

Meridian Deli Asks Customers to ‘Pay What They Want’

 A small restaurant in Meridian is working to make a big difference in our community. The Bread of Life Community Deli doesn't charge customers for food, but rather asks them to pay what they want. And if you can't pay -- you can still eat.

May. 11, 2015

Building A Global Company in Meridian

When Nathan Mueller started his business, he wanted to make enough money for two things: make ends meet, but also to fund projects that were meaningful to him. The companies that the 33-year-old Meridian resident and his staff have built are plugging into the downtown area with a bold business aim. As the company continues to grow, his employees are following his lead and taking on projects that help make a meaningful difference in the world, as well as establishing contracts the company takes on for profit.

Although the team behind Mueller’s companies SaaSfocus and ScaleStation are doing work they personally find meaningful, the businesses are no small fish. The team’s clients include UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Audi and Salesforce. Locally the team has worked with companies such as Hewlett Packard and Gardner Company. The companies offer a range of services, including consultation for cloud computing, technology solutions, industry-specific services and more. The team’s specialty is helping companies adopt technologies.

Jun. 15, 2015

First-Ever ‘Hybrid’ Coworking Space Offers Meridian Startups Fuel To Grow

by Sarah Pokorney, New Ventures Lab

More than 100 Meridian business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders got a peek at the newly renovated hybrid co-working space at the “first-look” open house May 28, 2015.  The 14,000 s.f. Lab in downtown Meridian, Idaho, is the first of its kind with flexible member-based coworking space as well as dedicated offices for more than 15 businesses.

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Aug. 18, 2016

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

PGA TOUR winner, Troy Merritt gives us a glimpse of what his everyday home life is like when he is not on the course. It showcases just what a great place Meridian and the Treasure Valley truly is. 

Apr. 7, 2015

Meridian Launches ‘Do The Right’ - A Movement of Compassion Citywide

by City of Meridian

The City of Meridian, with the help of many partners, is launching 'Do The Right' on April 8, 2015. The goal of the day is to encourage people of all ages to do something nice for the person to their right; whether it’s helping a neighbor, giving a classmate a nice note, or buying coffee for a coworker. It is one day intended to start a movement of compassion.

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Meridian Academy educator named state teacher of the year…
Oct. 19, 2015

Technology and Innovation Center unBound Opens in Meridian

by ​Jess Flynn

A library branch with more screens than books? That's the look and feel of the new technology and innovation center unBound - the latest location for Meridian Library District in the heart of Downtown. It's about changing how ideas are brought to life. 

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Sep. 19, 2014

Money Mag Names Meridian to Best Places to Live list… again

Money Magazine is no stranger to Idaho, and certainly, to Meridian. The magazine has named Meridian, Idaho to its 2014 list of Best Places to Live. This is the fourth time the City of Meridian has received this recognition with a ranking of 49.
Aug. 6, 2015

YMCA’s Jim Everett foresees south Meridian project becoming a ‘national model’

Jim Everett’s voice gets excited when he talks about the new YMCA and elementary school project in south Meridian. “This will be the biggest partnership we’ve done,” said Everett, the Treasure Valley YMCA chief executive officer.

Partnering with schools and cities is nothing new for the Y, but when this facility is done, it will have not only a YMCA and an elementary school, but potentially a Meridian Library branch and a healthcare center. The building will be next to 10-acre city park. “We think it’s going to be a national model,” Everett said. Sharing a facility will save the YMCA, West Ada School District and Meridian Library District an estimated $4 million combined, he said.

May. 26, 2015

Meridian Named One of Yahoo’s Fastest-Growing Cities in the U.S.

Citing numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Yahoo Homes named Meridian, Idaho the ninth fastest-growing city in the U.S. by rate of growth. With a population of 87,743, Meridian grew 5.1% over the past year.

Yahoo noted, "A large, western suburb of Boise, Meridian's population has just exploded over the past 25 years. Most of that growth actually happened in the 1990s, when the city went from just under 10,000 people in 1990 to nearly 35,000 in 2000—an increase of 264 percent. But that growth hasn't stopped, even if it has slowed. The population was 75,092 in 2010 and has since grown by 15 percent. 

Oct. 29, 2014

Steak Burgers & Milk Shakes Land in Meridian

Steak burgers and milk shakes are about to make their mark on Meridian. Freddy's, a 1950's style burger joint, opened doors this month in Meridian and is expecting multiple other locations throughout Idaho.
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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Feb. 4, 2016

Meridian-based Diamond Line Delivery now owned by employees

Idaho-based Diamond Line Delivery Systems Inc. is now entirely owned by its employees. The “less-than-a-truckload” freight company has about 250 employees across 11 locations in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Its corporate office is in Meridian. “We felt that the employees were a contributing factor to our success, and we wanted to create an opportunity to reward them,” said Calvin Fillmore, who had co-owned the company and now is CEO.

Diamond Line was 30 percent employee-owned through an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, starting in 2010. But on January 13, its majority owners sold the company to the ESOP. The freight business is now among several ESOP companies in Idaho. 

Mar. 28, 2015

Big plans for downtown Meridian begin with small-business incubator

Meridian officials are hoping a startup incubator can help jump-start development, draw young people and propel city forward. City leaders have visions of far more grandeur than downtown Meridian offers today. Encouraged by a consultant they hired, city officials have formed a three-step plan to revitalize downtown.

The first step is a business incubator that aims to jump-start Meridian's startup community and draw more young professionals downtown. The New Ventures Lab, which will be owned and operated by startup experts who have managed The WaterCooler incubator in Boise and the TECenter incubator in Nampa, will open in the Old City Hall in April or May. The next steps are more complex and much more expensive: an event center and hotel to draw large groups to Meridian, and a performance center with between 800 and 1,200 seats.

Mar. 10, 2016

Professional Soccer Teams Set to Play in Meridian

Soccer fans are in for a treat: The chance to see a professional soccer match right here in the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Youth Soccer Association announced Thursday Major League Soccer champions the Portland Timbers are headed to Meridian this summer to square off in an exhibition match against the Swope Park Rangers of Kansas City. The game is set for Saturday, June 4 at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Portland Timbers and T2, said the match is meant to appeal to fans in the Gem State, which lacks a professional soccer team of its own. "With Idaho being an important part of the Timbers Homegrown territory, playing this T2 game in Boise is a great opportunity for the club to further develop and broaden its partnerships in the state and to showcase the Timbers brand to an ever-increasing, regional fan base," he said in a statement.

Jan. 28, 2016

Meridian Mayor Shares Preview of 13th State of the City Address

“Building Meridian Together” will be the theme of Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd’s 13th State of the City address Tuesday.

In her speech, the mayor will address highlights of 2015, such as the opening of the new Public Safety Training Facility and the reconstruction of the Meridian Road Interchange. She’ll also look ahead to exciting changes coming in 2016, she said, including new developments along Ten Mile Road.

De Weerd had hoped to be able to make a big announcement about a downtown development — something that’s been in the works for years — but said that project isn’t quite ready to reveal.

“We’ll all be talking about it,” she said.