Apr. 27, 2015

Boise State Wins National Award for Community Service

by Cienna Madrid, Boise State University

Boise State University has been awarded a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second time. The award is the highest federal recognition a university can receive for involvement in community service work. The university's Service-Learning program has been essential in earning the prestigious recognition. Since it began in 2000, more than 20,000 students have volunteered 674,593 hours to service work within the Boise Valley. 

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Feb. 18, 2015

Hackfort 2 to Spotlight, Support Growing Boise Tech Community

by ​Jess Flynn

On the heels of a successful inaugural event, Hackfort returns with an expanded program to highlight Boise’s burgeoning technology industry and attract talent to the region. Hackfort 2 is a hybrid technology conference that not only features speakers and panels covering progressive tech issues, but showcases Boise’s tech community with several networking events and even a collaborative hackathon. As the technology limb of the 2015 Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort 2 will occur March 26 to 28 at The Owyhee in downtown Boise.

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Jul. 18, 2016

Law Clinics Offer Pro-Bono Benefits for Students, Community

by Maria Ortega, University of Idaho Boise

The UI Small Business Legal Clinic, based in Boise but serving clients statewide, was created in 2003. The clinic has paired over 50 law students with more than 150 Idaho-based start-up companies, including online businesses, food manufacturers, engineering consultants, recreational companies, software developers, firefighters, truckers, a ceramic artist, a hairdresser and day care operators. Each client has its own unique set of needs and challenges, and the clinic customizes its offerings for each.

“Most of the Small Business Legal Clinic clients just want to get their formation paperwork in order and then get on to their business, but some will come back after a few years if they need help with hiring new employees, or are passing their business to their kids,” Dillion said. 

Dillion runs his clinic law-firm style, sitting around a table with the students discussing their caseloads each week. He helps the students with legal advice as well as how to interact with clients and develop their interpersonal skills. All students are in the third year of law school through UI’s College of Law and serve 180 hours per semester at the clinic.

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Oct. 15, 2014

Place & Community Branding Crops Up in Boise

by Amanda Watson
What makes the city of Boise unique may differ based on who you ask, but many businesses, nonprofits and public agencies in our Valley (and around the world) are investing in place branding as a way to tell their story, increase revenue or bolster their local economy.
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May. 18, 2016

Boise Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

by City of Boise

Boise is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the 1st time.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. 

“The City of Boise embraces the notion that cities are critical drivers for achieving play outcomes and cross-sector collaboration as keys to success.  We are committed to ensure that all kids get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults,” Mayor Dave Bieter. 

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Feb. 23, 2015

Video Launched to Promote Community Effort - Gowen Strong

Gowen Strong - Good for Idaho, Good for America

Supporting business. Building community. Strengthening families. For the Boise Metro, Gowen Field represents all of those things. Partnering with the City of Boise, Boise Airport, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Idaho Power, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership launched a new video to promote Gowen Strong, a community effort to illustrate the regional impact of Gowen Field.

Featured in the video are testimonials illustrating how much Gowen impacts the lives and businesses of those in the Boise Metro.

Apr. 7, 2015

Dean Envisions Community Collaboration for Boise State’s School of Public Service

by Sherry Squires, Boise State University

Corey Cook has been named dean of the first School of Public Service at Boise State University. Former director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco, Cook envisions his newest endavor as a training ground for servants across many public sectors. His goal for the school is to become part of the discouse and engage in community problems that need to be solved by public leaders. Cook sees Boise as the ideal location for potential and innovation for public service. 

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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!

Oct. 30, 2015

Business, Community to Discuss ‘Diversity as a Business Driver’

by Boise State University

The College of Business and Economics’ Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), the City of Boise and Wells Fargo are collaborating to bring a diversity summit to Boise businesses and organizations on Nov. 4.

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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.

Oct. 2, 2015

Officer Rashid: A Community Endeavor to Make a Child’s Dream Reality

Officer Rashid

Boise has a unique passion for people. This video is an inspiring story about how far a community will go to bring a kid's dream to life.

Rashid's dream was to be a police officer, he is an 8 year old boy that was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal form of cancer. Camp Rainbow Gold, Boise State University, Mayor Bieter and the City of Boise, Boise's Police and Fire Departments, Zoo Boise, Sidewayz Films and others worked together to create an unforgettable day for Rashid.

Jun. 17, 2015

Boise Named Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Cyclists

by City of Boise

The City of Boise was recognized as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists last week.

In recognizing Boise, the LAB cited the community’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. With the award, Boise joins a leading group of communities that are “investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”

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Sep. 17, 2015

Home Away from Home

Hundreds of people gathered on the Idaho Statehouse steps Sept. 12 and posed for a photo behind a sign reading, "Refugees Welcome in Idaho." Volunteers wearing blue T-shirts worked the crowd, urging attendees to sign petitions, contribute to crowdfunding campaigns, take selfies and plug into social media to spread the word, summed up with a hashtag that doubled as the name of the event: #refugeeswelcome.

Jan. 20, 2015

State & Lemp: A Case Study in Dining Innovation

Boise increasingly gets accolades for its uniqueness. The combination of outdoor adventure with urban amenities has left countless visitors pleasantly surprised. One point of distinction seems to come from Boise’s outgoing demeanor. When people visit, they often remark on the city’s friendliness. Something about the Treasure Valley community gives a warm, neighborly impression to outsiders (who quickly feel like insiders). And for a pair of local restaurant entrepreneurs, Boise’s inviting atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for the innovative, communal dining experience they are creating. 

Introducing Remi Mcmanus and Jay Henry’s State & Lemp: an unexpectedly social, modern dining experience that brings the quality of fine dining without the stuffiness of white tablecloths. From the eclectic interior design to the locally sourced ingredients, all of the restaurant’s elements are all executed tastefully. But perhaps more notably, State & Lemp sets the stage for new friendships to form in a natural, organic way.

Feb. 23, 2015

Nampa Library Book Brigade

Photo by City of Nampa

Nearly 1,000 volunteers showed up to support the new Nampa library by taking part in the Great Book Brigade of 2015. The volunteers started at the old library and created a line that stretched five blocks long to Library Square and the new building to pass 1,000 children's books from person to person until they reached their brand new home.

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.