Apr. 18, 2016

Best of Boise: Fun is Easy to Find in Idaho’s Capital City

Boise has long been known as the gateway to Idaho’s wilderness playground. Whether you like to bike or hike, experience a zip line or get a salmon on the line, you can enjoy those activities and a lot more not far from Boise. But there is plenty to do inside the city limits too.

Boise hosts visitors from all over the world for the big Treefort Music Festival that takes place every March. Hundreds of performances from indie bands take place at various venues around downtown Boise during Treefort, and for a few days the whole city is awash in music. Music fans can satisfy their craving any time of year though; some of the big acts coming to Boise this summer include Boston, Ben Harper, Kansas, Testament, Sublime with Rome and Dashboard Confessional. For more intimate shows, fans can hit numerous Boise venues including the Knitting Factory where upcoming shows include the Violent Femmes, Baroness, Tech N9ne, Blue October and Ill Nino.

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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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Apr. 22, 2016

International Skateboard and Clothing Company to Move Operations to Boise

One of the largest skateboard, clothing and lifestyle companies in the world has announced they will be moving into a location next door to the newly reconstructed Rhodes Park in downtown Boise.

Element (who is owned by surfing and clothing conglomerate Billabong) will be moving in a retail space across the alleyway from the park to conduct business operations.

CEO and founder Johnny Schillereff told 6 On Your Side that he fell in love with Boise and is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles where the company currently resides.

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Apr. 22, 2016

Rhodes Skatepark: Downtown Boise’s Skate Scene

Rhodes Skatepark

Originally designed in 1992, Glenn Rhodes created a multi-use skatepark with modular features. Redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater's paradise. 

Apr. 15, 2016

White House Recognizes Boise State Computer Science Efforts

Boise State University has been recognized by the White House for its effort to improve K-12 computer science teaching. The university’s IDoCode program, in collaboration with the College of Innovation and Design, is developing a CS badge for teachers.

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Apr. 14, 2016

Boise Angel Fund Backs 3 Tech Startups

The Capitol City Angel Fund, associated with the Boise Angel Alliance, says it has invested undisclosed amounts in three Boise companies over the past few months: IdeaRoom, Proskriptive, and RetroLux.

The $1 million-plus fund’s members are accredited investors. The fund makes investments in high-growth, early stage local companies. Since the Boise Angel Alliance’s founding in 2004, funds and members have invested over $12 million, mostly in local companies. The alliance says the companies have since created more than 350 jobs in Idaho.
 

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Apr. 7, 2016

Dallas Flights Will Help Boise Business Travelers

Dallas has been near the top of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s wish list for direct flights available at Boise Airport, chamber CEO Bill Connors said.

That’s because the Treasure Valley’s largest employers travel to Texas for business, and often to Dallas itself.

American Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Boise and Dallas starting June 2. The flight is scheduled to leave Dallas-Fort Worth for Boise at 4:35 p.m. and arrive here at 6:59 p.m. The flight from Boise will leave at 7:06 a.m. and arrive at Dallas-Forth Worth at 11:19 a.m.

The addition gives the Boise Airport 20 nonstop flights and creates single-stop options to reach destinations in Central and South America.

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Apr. 7, 2016

Boise State Breaks Ground on Public/Private Honors College Project

Framed by Thursday morning's near-perfect weather, Boise State University officials broke ground on the much-anticipated $40 million, 236,000-square-foot Honors College and first-year residence hall, hailing the project as a "new beginning" for the university.
 

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Apr. 12, 2016

KPMG Competitive Alternatives: Boise Ranks #1 in Pacific US for Lowest Cost

by Lisa Holland

Every two years, KPMG puts out a report called Competitive Alternatives that is a comprehensive analysis of business costs in more than 100 cities across 10 countries.  Looking at 19 different industries, and 26 different cost factors, Boise ranks favorably in the 2016 edition.

Of the 12 U.S. Cities listed from the Pacific Northwest, Boise ranks #1 for cost competitiveness.

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Apr. 12, 2016

Boise: The New Frontier

Boise sits at an apex between the Rocky Mountains and an endless expanse of desert stretching north from Nevada. When the brilliant colors of the setting sun fade over the rolling hills and towering mountains nearby, it’s no wonder Idaho’s dubbed the “Gem State”. The Payette, Boise and Snake rivers meet here – calling to adventurers of every form. The 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt twists and turns through the city with abundant opportunity for exploration – from parks to pools, and even a zoo found near the city’s river bank. Too far to walk? The local Green Bike system makes cruising a breeze!

With more beards, trucker-hats and Edison bulbs than the state of Oregon combined, Boise is one hoppin’ city!

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Apr. 25, 2016

A Word with David Duro of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA

David Duro is CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, a busy nonprofit that delivers athletic and community programs at 90 locations around the Treasure Valley.

The YMCA is a big player in the Treasure Valley, employing about 1,300 people and running four large facilities that in January saw 250,000 visits. The Y cares for more than 1,000 children per day in its child development programs and recently opened a residential summer camp at Horsethief Reservoir in central Idaho. It has more than 56,000 members and an annual budget of $22 million.

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Apr. 25, 2016

Idaho is No. 1 in U.S. for job growth since March 2015

Idaho has ranked No. 1 in the nation for job growth in the past year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Idaho was among 37 states that had a statistically significant increase in employment between March 2015 and March 2016.

The steepest rise was in Idaho, where employment grew 3.6 percent.

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May. 3, 2016

Boise River Park, All Year Round

Winter River Surfing

Year round in Boise, sun or snow, the Boise River Park is open for whitewater and surfing enthusiasts.

May. 3, 2016

An Inside Look At Payette Brewing’s New Boise Brewhouse

The City of Trees is home to a bustling community of brewers, and Mike Francis, Payette Brewing Company’s founder, is leading the charge. Mike was an industrial engineer for Boeing Company in Seattle before abandoning the corporate life and becoming a grain wrangler. After receiving his degree in Brewing Technology from Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology, he returned to Boise on a mission and soon after established Payette Brewing Company in 2010. Six years later, Mike’s expanding the brewery’s Northwest footprint and leading the craft brewing charge in Idaho.

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May. 3, 2016

Idaho-Based Eyewear Company Is A Small Business With A Global Reach

Three brothers run Proof Eyewear.  In 2010, they started with $5,000 each, working from a garage-cum-office. Today, they’re an Idaho success story selling their glasses in over 20 countries around the world. “You probably don’t think of Boise when you think of innovative start ups,” says COO Tanner Dame. But Proof is proud of its Idaho roots.  “We really love our town and where we’re rooted is a big part of it,” says Tanner. Looking to reinvent the eyewear industry, the three Dame brothers, Taylor, Brook, and Tanner, are experimenting with different materials for both prescription and sunglasses, and giving back to the global and local community

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May. 4, 2016

Idaho is First in the Nation for Employment Growth

Idaho experienced the largest increase in employment growth in the country between March 2015 and March 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of employed Idahoans rose 3.6 percent to 691,800 workers – an increase of about 24,000 workers.

Idaho saw growth across most industries, but its largest increases were hospitality and leisure, construction and manufacturing, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

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May. 3, 2016

Boise Named One Of Top River Surfing Destinations In The World

These days, surfing is not just relegated to those of us fortunate enough to live in coastal towns with conditions that allow for it. You’ve got wave pools being built in Austin, Texas and surf vacations that can turn anyone with a little bit of money into a pro. But the sense of discovery is still out there for lots of people looking to get a thrill from riding water. Case in point, river surfing. It’s a fairly new pursuit within the last 20 or so years, but it’s gaining steam and is really helping people think outside the box in terms of what is possible.

This out of the box thinking has turned many inland cities around the world into top destinations for the surfing community. The list created by GrindTV includes exotic destinations like the Zambesee River in Africa and the Eisbach River in Germany. All of these river surfing destinations were ranked based on different factors. Boise came in at number 5 in the world, right behind the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

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May. 2, 2016

Boise Students Shine At National Science Bowl

A team of Boise high school students made it into the final 16 at the National Science Bowl. Roughly 9,000 high school students and more than 5,000 middle school students from across the country took part in the annual competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Though they made it to the top tier of the competition, the team from Treasure Valley Math and Science Center was eliminated from the competition on Sunday. All of the teams reaching the top 16 will receive $1,000 for their schools' science departments. The championship rounds of the competition will take place Monday morning. The winning team will get an all-expense paid science trip to Alaska.

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Apr. 26, 2016

Boise State #3 Best College for Outdoor Adventurers

The Outbound Collective has ranked Boise #3 best college in the country for outdoor adventurers.

"Located in the city of trees and situated between Idaho’s Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin deserts, Boise State has abundant outdoor opportunities. Some of the country’s best mountain biking trails, three convergent rivers, and steeply pitched rock are located in Boise and the surrounding area.

Roughly 20 minutes from downtown Boise, winter sports-loving students can find some pretty deep powder. Students can travel to the Bogus Basin Ski Resort every Friday from the end of January to mid-March to night ski for only $25 per trip.

Aside from alpine and Nordic adventures, the Outdoor Program offers a variety of courses including rock climbing, backpacking, and rafting. The Outdoor Program offers an annual Season Pass for only $199, where students are able to attend one weekend trip each semester, one day trip each semester, one free scheduled night ski at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, and rental and trip discounts."

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Apr. 26, 2016

Three Hotels Have Risen Two Stories in Downtown Boise

Hotel developer Obie partners has poured the concrete deck of its third floor for The Inn at 500 Capitol hotel project at Myrtle Street and Capitol Boulevard. It’s the first of three active downtown Boise hotel projects to reach that height.

The Residence Inn by Marriott project across Myrtle from Inn at 500 and Hyatt Place at 10thand Bannock streets are both on their second floors.

This is the first time Boise has had three simultaneous hotel construction projects. All started between September and early January, and all three, with a combined 449 rooms are expected to open in the first half of 2017.

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