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. 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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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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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. 4, 2016

Gianfranco - Big Ideas Grow Here

Gianfranco - Big Ideas Grow Here

A native of Sicily, Italy, Gianfranco moved to Boise to work in the information systems division of Micron Technology. Friendly people, a vibrant workplace, and a shorter commute are just a few of the positives Gianfranco experiences in Idaho’s capital city.

“There’s no traffic – I love it,” he says. “I don’t have to drive two hours to go to work. Here it’s 10 minutes. Every day it’s 10 minutes.”

Whether he’s riding his motorcycle on a summer evening or enjoying a movie, Gianfranco is happy to have made the move from Sicily to Boise.

“I feel the quality of life and that makes me feel happy. This means that the choice that I did two years ago was the right one.”

May. 6, 2016

Buck the Quo: Boise Fry Company

Ditch Your Comfort Zone

A Buck the Quo Feature video: Blake is not the kind of dude that settled when things in life got comfy. He had a really cushy job working for the US government. They paid him the green, he got to travel around the world and do work that he was good at. But, he realized that he wasn’t passionate about it. He wanted to do something that made him happy. So he said “See Ya!” to that gig and jumped into the potato game.

Now he owns Boise Fry Company, where the burgers are on the side. It’s not like he was a restaurant or burger & fry expert when he started either. He had the idea, believed in it and made it a real freaking thing! Turns out, like a lot of us, his comfort zone was actually holding him back. So when he roundhouse kicked that zone in the face, he changed his life for the better.

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

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.

Apr. 26, 2016

New Beef Processing Facility in Kuna, Teammates in Texas

It’s fairly well known that one of the problems in the beef industry is not lack of competition per se, but proximity. Some feedlots and many of the mother cows in the country suffer from long geographical distances from packing plants.

Now, two of the best known names in western agriculture, Caviness Beef Packers and J.R. Simplot Co., are partnering to help remedy that situation for Northwest cattlemen, especially ranchers and dairymen. This past July, the two companies announced plans to join forces and build a $100 million, 380,000-sq.-ft. plant.

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Apr. 29, 2016

Urban, hip Boise defies potato jokes and other Idaho stereotypes

When I visited Boise recently, I found the capital of this state with a reputation for root vegetables to be a hip and happening place, easily dashing many people’s notions about Idaho. Its progressive, Basque-heritage mayor set out 12 years ago to make this America’s most livable city, and it shows, in the prospering downtown, beautiful parks, and a lively arts and cultural environment. How many cities this size (pop. 216,000) have their own arts office?

There’s plenty to attract a young and energetic populace: miles of bike trails, a hometown ski hill (Bogus Basin), a burgeoning craft-brewery scene, even — yes — a surf park, where a diversion structure on the Boise River can be adjusted to make white water for surfers, kayakers and so on. Go ahead and say it: Surf Boise.

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