Dec. 11, 2015

Nampa Library Square Chosen as 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year


The new Nampa Library Square has been chosen as the 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year. The new Nampa Library is the focal point of Nampa Library Square, the redevelopment of an entire downtown city block. The three-story, 62,000-sq-ft library anchors the square and is accompanied by a new 300-stall, 100,000-sq-ft parking structure and two single-story office and retail buildings. Redevelopment of this city block has transformed the square into the focal point of downtown, creating a showpiece that has energized the community and motivated other local businesses to upgrade their properties as well.

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Sep. 6, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Co. Opens This Fall in Nampa

NAMPA — There’s a new craft brewery in town, and it could end up being the largest in Idaho.

San Diego, California-based Mother Earth Brew Co. will open its tasting room doors for business by Oct. 1, possibly as early as Sept. 24. It is now one of two commercial producers of beer in Nampa.

“When it came to think about where to expand from California, it was an easy choice,” said Daniel Love, founder and CEO of Mother Earth Brew Co.

Love started traveling to Boise as part of his job with Sprint Nextel in the early 2000s and fell in love with the area. His passion for hobby brewing developed into a family-run business in 2008. Mother Earth distributes craft beer to eight states and six countries, and hopes to expand further into the Northwest and eastward with its Nampa facility, located in the Interstate 84 Industrial Park at 1428 Madison Ave.

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Apr. 27, 2016

Young Nampa Entrepreneur Creates Robot Butler

The owner of a Nampa-based startup was so inspired by the robots in the cartoon series “The Jetsons” and in the 2004 movie “I, Robot” that he moved his business to create what he calls a robot butler.

Gabe Bentz graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. in December and pivoted Slant Concepts, the 3D printing consulting company he founded to help pay for college, into a company focused on robots.

The 23-year-old looked at several markets including San Francisco, but chose Boise because of its low cost of living and cheap business expenses. He began renting space from the Nampa TECenter in March.

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Dec. 22, 2015

Nampa Citizen Brightens Northside Boulevard with $10,000 Donation

by City of Nampa

You may have noticed Northside Boulevard in Nampa did not have the lighted Christmas trees like in years past. Prior to 2014, the City Parks Department decorated the trees in the traffic islands on Northside Boulevard but as trees matured, there were not enough lights to decorate all of the trees. 

A concerned citizen noticed Northside Boulevard was not as festive as it once was so that person, who wants to remain anonymous, decided to provide a donation to the city to purchase decorations. 

“Nampa’s Christmas season is just a little bit brighter today thanks to this anonymous donor,” Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said today.

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Dec. 28, 2015

Brick 29 Chef Plans New Restaurant Space in Nampa

Chef Dustan Bristol’s Brick 29 restaurant in Nampa is moving up.

Bristol recently purchased part of the building where his restaurant is currently and plans to add a third floor to the structure. Once that is finished, he will move his acclaimed restaurant upstairs and into the new space.

The third floor will have better acoustics and a better flow for the restaurant. Those are things Bristol wanted to improve in his first restaurant, which can get loud, he said.

He also plans to have large windows that open for a patio feel in the new space.

The new space will have an expanded kitchen, which means Bristol can also expand his menu.

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Jun. 21, 2016

From Nampa High Grad to CEO of Priceline

Nampa High School graduate Brett Keller, class of 1986, began working for online booking service Priceline in 1999, serving as Chief Marketing Officer and later Chief Operating Officer.

Last month, he was promoted to Interim Chief Executive Officer.

“It’s really a story about moving up through a company,” Keller said.

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Jun. 13, 2016

Nampa Sees New Businesses Coming Soon

NAMPA — Several new businesses have plans to open in Nampa this summer.

"Coming soon" signs are popping up around Nampa from Karcher Mall to the Gateway Center and downtown.

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Dec. 26, 2014

Downtown Nampa Specializes in Revitalization

by Jake Alger

Nampa is booming as the new public library opens, Flying M expands with beer and wine sales and new building facades take shape in the historic downtown. 

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May. 22, 2015

Downtown Nampa Gets Yarn Bombed

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Nampa's Puffy Mondaes Sustainable Arts led a group of volunteers this week to Yarn Bomb Historic Downtown Nampa to welcome the FiberTrain Festival to town. Yarn Bombers used donated knit and crochetted panels and blankets to deck out everything from trees to trashcans thoughout the downtown core. 

Sep. 21, 2016

Nampa Council Approves Indian Creek Plaza Design

The firm designing the Indian Creek plaza said the layout will create a vibrant, livable space for families and the community in downtown Caldwell. Christine Harrington, an associate with the Seattle-based design firm GGLO, presented concept design plans to the Caldwell City Council on Monday. The council unanimously approved the plans. Harrington said the plaza design highlights Caldwell’s uniqueness. “There is a lot of richness and exciting elements in Caldwell,” Harrington said. “You see the history and the architecture, the diversity and the multiple generations that live here.”

The design and plaza atmosphere will draw from the area’s agricultural history, with modern elements linking to the Sunnyslope wine trail and farm-to-fork tradition, Harrington said. In the summertime, visitors could eat outside at a restaurant bordering the plaza and later walk to an outdoor concert or event at the plaza’s central stage. At capacity, the plaza could hold around 6,500 people, Harrington said. If Arthur and Seventh streets were to be closed temporarily, the area could accommodate around 13,000 people.

An ice skating area in the shape of a ribbon with a circular rink in the center is planned for the plaza, with “warming huts” where people can congregate, eat and drink. “The other thing I find very romantic about the ice rink is that you’re going through different environments as you skate,” unlike a stationary hockey rink, Harrington said. The railing at the ice rink and accessories can be removed during the summer. In those same places, there would be water-splashing areas for children to play. Councilman Dennis Callsen said that after attending the Indian Creek Festival this weekend, which drew big crowds, he believes Caldwell is ready for the plaza.

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Jul. 14, 2016

Nampa Police Department Connects With Community

Nampa PD Baseball Game

Someone was fearful of the neighbor kids playing baseball hitting his car or window. Dispatch recognized this as an opportunity to make a positive impression and rallied the right officers with a view of the world that Nampa PD promotes... the officers were obviously ALL IN!! The officers took the kids down the street to the park and PLAYED BALL!

Nov. 4, 2014

Phantom Gallery Nampa Seeks Artists

The Nampa Arts Collective is seeking artists to participate in a “Phantom Gallery” in Downtown Nampa on Nov. 15. Phantom galleries are temporary art installations that convert empty storefronts not visual experiences. Organizers want to see “Phantom Gallery Nampa” become a regular event to help develop the city's growing arts and cultural communities.
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May. 4, 2016

Construction to Start on New $9.4 Million Nampa Holiday Inn

The new hotel, located at 16173 Midland Boulevard, is off I-84 at the Midland Boulevard exit.

“The addition of this new hotel is a result of significant growth in Nampa,” Henry said. “With new industries in and around Nampa, thanks to Boise Valley Economic Partnership and our Economic Development Office, the new Holiday Inn will help meet the growing need for more hotel accommodations in Nampa.”

The hotel will be four stories with 85 rooms, a full service restaurant, conference center, media lounge, and state of the art fitness center and pool. 

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Jun. 11, 2015

GoGo SqueeZ Opens New $85 Million Manufacturing Facility In Nampa, Idaho

by GoGo squeeZ

GoGo squeeZ, the leading brand of re-closable, squeezable applesauce in a pouch, announced the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho. The company made an $85MM investment in the new facility which will process and package GoGo squeeZ from apples to applesauce and bring 250 jobs to the Boise Valley.

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Oct. 6, 2015

Southern California’s Mother Earth Brew Co. Selects Nampa for Expansion

by Admin

Mother Earth Brew Co., a San Diego County-based production craft brewer, has selected Nampa, Idaho as the location for its second brewery facility. This marks its first brewery expansion outside of California. 

A collaborative effort between the City of Nampa Economic Development, Boise Valley Economic Partnership and private industry helped bring the brewery to the Valley. Working with Mike Fery at Rocky Mountain Properties, Mother Earth secured an existing 40,000 square-foot facility in the I-84 Industrial Park for its brewery, tasting room and corporate office space. 

The brewery is currently ordering new equipment and plans on being operational by early to mid-2016. The goal for the facility is to double the brewery’s overall production capability and allow for expansion into additional Pacific Northwest markets. 

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Jul. 14, 2016

College of Western Idaho Plans Nampa Campus Expansion

The College of Western Idaho continues to grow, and has even more growth already in mind. In just seven years, the college has grown to serve more than 20,000 students a year and is aiming to serve thousands more soon.

CWI unveiled their Nampa campus development plan entitled "Vision 2040" Wednesday. Included in the plan is a state of the art health science building and student success center aimed at centralizing student services.

The outlined 80,000 square foot health science building is focused on getting CWI students jobs in the quickly growing medical field in the Treasure Valley. The overall goal of the new expansion though is to create a comprehensive campus with a true campus environment for a growing student body.

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Sep. 21, 2015

Heartland Recreational Vehicles to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Nampa

by Admin

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, (NYSE:THO), one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing, has selected Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility to produce the company’s popular Heartland line of travel trailers. Once completed, Heartland expects to use the manufacturing facility to expand production for West Coast markets.

The total estimated investment is approximately $11-12 million for the 248,000 square-foot facility located at 900 Karcher Road in Nampa. Heartland expects to employ approximately 120 new workers and begin production in the first quarter of calendar 2016.

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Apr. 12, 2016

Nampa Will Add Two Large Parks

Nampa Parks and Recreation plans to start construction this summer on two parks at the east and west edges of town that will be among the largest in the city.

Orah Brandt and Midway parks would be Nampa’s 24th and 25th parks.  Midway,  at 52 acres, would become the city’s largest park. Orah Brandt at 28.2 acres would be larger than all other parks except Lakeview and West parks, both at 44 acres.

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Jul. 7, 2015

Snake River Community Festival Returns to Downtown Nampa

With the Snake River Stampede Rodeo waiting in the gates to launch it's 100th anniversary, the Stampede Community Festival is leaving the arena this year and taking its celebration to the streets. For the first time since 1937, the Stampede Community Festival is returning to Downtown Nampa.

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Apr. 6, 2015

Nampa Entrepreneur Organization Hosts Kick-Off Event

by TECenter

Nampa Entrepreneurs Organization (NEO), an organization that inspires to engage entrepreneurs to learn and grow by offering valuable resources will host its 1st Entrepreneur Networking “Kick-off” event Wednesday, April 8, between 4 and 6 p.m. in Downtown Nampa

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