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.

Nov. 11, 2015

10 Fun Things To Do in Boise

Boise, Idaho probably isn’t the first place on most people’s radar when it comes to things to do. The relatively quiet western city actually packs more of a punch than most people would imagine, and no matter what you like to do – you can probably find it in Boise. After seeing this list, Boise might even find its way on your list of future vacation spots. 

Sep. 4, 2015

A Place I Call Home

by Clark Krause

Yesterday, I celebrated five years with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. I cannot thank this community and local business leadership enough for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful place. If you dare read on, please indulge me with a few reflections:

On my first visit to Boise, I arrived on a beautiful Fall Sunday night. I will never forget driving in from the airport and seeing the robotic Maytag Vista washing lady atop the building, passing the unexpected sign that pointed me to the Anne Frank Memorial, crossing over the pristine Boise River and looking down to see people, rafts and tubes afloat, only to look up and see the magnificent State Capitol building anchoring the downtown. 

On my own for dinner that evening, I was amazed how many folks were walking, riding bikes and dining on 8th Street. What was most unique/different/special was that it was not just downtown adults, but “downtown families”, many of them on bikes with dogs in tow. I sat outside on 8th Street with my pizza and soda that night and thought, ‘This is the best downtown experience I ever have had in a midsize city.’ I also looked admiringly toward the mountains, knowing that 16 miles from my downtown dining table there were chairlifts on top of the mountaintop with radio towers.

I thought that night, ‘If I ever had the opportunity, this is a place I would never regret making home to the Krause House.’ 

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Aug. 27, 2015

5 in-town adventures in Boise

Let’s face it, Boise is a mainstay on those chic lists that call out the best urban areas to live if you’re into outdoor pursuits. But there’s truth in the hype. You don’t have to leave town to enjoy an adventure.


Feb. 18, 2016

Adaptive Skiing at Bogus

Learning to ski rarely goes according to plan."The parents come to me in tears," said Fernando Veloz.  But at Bogus Basin, those are tears of joy. "They say how happy they are just to see their child out enjoying the wintertime," said Veloz, a co-director of Recreation Unlimited's adaptive skiing program at Bogus Basin.

For more than 35 years, the program lets individuals with hearing or visual impairments, developmental disabilities or limited to no usage of limbs learn to ski. "It gives these students a whole new level of confidence with what they can do and how they can do it," said John Mulligan, the other co-director of the program. "Our motto is 'if I can do this, I can do anything.'" Mulligan said the group has 60 students and 50 instructors.

Oct. 27, 2014

Boise Is Waiting

Boise Is Waiting.

Boise is many things. Urban and outdoorsy. Wild and relaxing. Friendly and unforgettable. Explore it all. Boise is Waiting. Video produced by Rizen creative for the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Oct. 27, 2014

A Love Letter to Boise

by ​Jess Flynn

As a born-again Boisean, my love letter includes appreciation for the freakishly-friendly nature of the people who reside here. The two instead of six degrees of separation that makes it uber-connected, and the serendipitous convergence of music, culture and creative expression that sparks during our hometown upstart Treefort Music Fest.

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Mar. 2, 2015

Office Envy: MetaGeek

by Marissa Lovell

The Owyhee building may be more than 100 years old, but the 5th floor home of MetaGeek brings a new type of energy to the historic plaza. The office buzzes with innovation and vitality, while maintaining a sense of tranquility. Artistic nooks, open spaces, a large kitchen stocked with snacks, beer on tap and a Ping-Pong table echo the company's value of fun. Inspired by casual creativity, the layout is built to encourage collaboration, inspiration and ingenuity.

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Aug. 24, 2015

An Iowan’s Love for Idaho

Iowa farm mom and blogger Alicia Schmitt gives an adoring a crash tour for visiting one of her all-time favorite vacation spots – Boise. 

May. 4, 2015

A Guide to Must-Sees in the City of Trees

by Buddy Levy, Alaska Beyond Magazine

Alaska Beyond Magazine's Buddy Levy gives insight on Boise's spectacular recreational assets, lively downtown and many striking urban sites. He lists "10 ideas for your own visit to this extraordinary destination" as well as day trips, Boise's additional claims to fame, and a snapshot of other notable areas in the Boise Valley. Whether you're a weekend visitor, business traveler or Boise Valley local, it's easy to fall in love with the City of Trees. 

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Aug. 14, 2015

America’s Largest Seed Fund Comes to Boise

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and geeks: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour is coming to Boise, August 20-21. The tour is a national outreach effort to convey non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small, advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together, they represent America's Largest Seed Fund. 

Oct. 28, 2014

Boise Top Destination for Paddle Boarders

SUP Magazine recently named Boise one of the raddest paddle boarding spots in the nation. From the rockin' and rollin' Payette River to the still water of Quinn's Pond, Boise ranks as one of the best.
Aug. 29, 2014

Need a reason to live in Boise?

by Amanda Watson
This list, sourced from the City of Boise website, indicates what how truly spectacular it is to live in our community.
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Feb. 10, 2016

Boise - “It’s My Place”

Boise - "It's My Place"

Forget six degrees of separation. In the Boise Valley, it’s rarely more than two. Challenge or opportunity, knowing who to call and connect with to get the job done is a mutual friend away. Strip away the boundaries and formalities and collaborate forward.  In a new video feature about the Boise Valley, Ivan and Kyra walk you through a day in the life.

Jul. 29, 2015

Video: Leku Ona Prepares for Big Basque Bash

Leku Ona readies for Jaialdi

May. 4, 2015

Steph’s Seriously Good Salsa Partners with Create Common Good

by Steph's Seriously Good Salsa

The Boise Valley is thriving with purpose, potential and partnerships. Steph's Seriously Good Salsa has announced a new partnership with Create Common Good, a Boise-based organization working to serve individuals with barriers to employment by using food to change lives and build healthier communities. Steph's Salsa is one of a growing number of restaurants and retailers throughout the Boise Valley that are turning to Create Common Good for help with food production. 

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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. 

Dec. 29, 2015

Boise Bicycle Project Gives Away 387 Children’s Bikes

In the eight years the Boise Bicycle Project has put on the Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway, it has never given away as many bikes as it did Dec. 19.

"It was an unbelievable day," said BBP Executive Director Jimmy Hallyburton. "By the end of the day, we gave away 387 bicycles. Every kid that walked in the door on Saturday left with a bike, a lock, a helmet and a safety class. This one was special."

The Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway began months before the holiday season, when 350 kids were registered for the program through nonprofits like the Boys and Girls Club, schools, churches and social workers. The kids then got to draw the bike of their dreams and BBP volunteers did their best to fulfill it. They worked for months to fix up old bikes donated to the organization.

Nov. 16, 2015

Drake Cooper #2 on Outside Magazine’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ List

by Marissa Lovell

For four consecutive years, Drake Cooper has held a spot on Outside Magazine’s "100 Best Places to Work." Moving up to the number two spot this year, the Boise agency embodies the honor the Idaho way: by being a company that empowers their employees to live bigger, better lives — both on the job and on the mountain.

Jamie Cooper, CEO of Drake Cooper, reflected in a recent blog post on the accolade and what it personally means to him. Describing it as “the perfect cocktail of two things I care about deeply,” Jamie echoes the agency’s value of culture and the outdoors.

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