Jan. 22, 2015

President Tours BSU’s New Product Development Lab

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President Barack Obama’s visit to Boise State University included a tour of the New Product Development Lab, hosted by materials science professor Dave Estrada, left, and College of Engineering Dean Amy Moll, among others. Students gain hands-on experience in the lab, working with local businesses to design and prototype products

Feb. 10, 2016

Industrial Development Group Purchases Sky Ranch Property

Manufacturing and distribution companies will soon find more industrial space in Caldwell to set up shop.

The Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency has sold around 20 acres of property in the Sky Ranch business park to Ketchum-based developer Strider Group LLC.

Strider plans to construct an industrial building facility on the property. Strider has ambitious plans at Sky Ranch. The developer has talked about constructing a 50,000 to 60,000-square-foot industrial facility. It would then lease or rent the facility to interested companies.

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Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Jul. 29, 2016

Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development

Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development looks at how six cities are using smart growth and placemaking strategies to gain a competitive edge. Our case study examples— Boise, ID; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA—represent a diversity of geographies, locations, population sizes, industries, and development challenges. Despite their differences, all of these cities are using smart growth development to successfully attract new companies and new residents.

Boise, ID, is one of the most remote metropolitan areas in the United States, a fact that fosters a unique and friendly sense of community. The city prides itself on friendly people, mild climate, good jobs, easy access to outdoor activities, and affordable costs of living. In 2016 alone, the city was included on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live list, Forbes’ list of America’s Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities, and Livability’s list of the Best Downtowns.

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Jul. 25, 2016

2 New Corporate HQ Planned for Meridian Development

Two new corporate headquarters are planned for the area off of Ten Mile Road between Interstate 84 and Franklin Road.

Ameriben - an insurance and benefits service provider - and developer Brighton will call the new space home.

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Jan. 25, 2016

Caldwell Experiencing Rush of Development

Commercial development has hit the fast lane in Caldwell. The city has a growing list of new and planned businesses. One of the latest additions is a new Starbucks planned near Cleveland Boulevard and Linden Street, Mayor Garret Nancolas said. It would be the first Starbucks location for the city that just reached a population of 50,000 people. Reel Theatre has plans to fill another void in the city with a new 11-screen, first-run movie theater. Other developers have plans for a large new retail shopping center near The College of Idaho, hotels, a Wal-Mart grocery store and a large industrial building that could attract a significant employer to Caldwell.

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Oct. 16, 2015

Cece Gassner New Director of Economic Development at Boise State

Cece Gassner has been hired as the new director of economic development for the Division of Research and Economic Development, effective Oct. 22. She replaces Mary Andrews, who left to pursue new opportunities in Florida.

Cece has served as the assistant for economic development for Boise Mayor David Bieter for nearly six years, where she focused her efforts on advising on and implementing policies and programs to help Boise businesses. She also practiced law, concentrating in intellectual property-based transactions and privacy matters for almost 13 years.

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Dec. 10, 2014

Boise offers perfect mix for development

by Andrew Crisp

More residential projects popping up in downtown, perhaps most notably the recent renovation of the iconic Owyhee building on Main Street. Once a favorite hotel, demand for real estate in downtown has pushed developers to create more urban housing. 

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Sep. 29, 2014

Idaho Small Business Development Center Receives National Tech Accreditation

The Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho SBDC) has received technology accreditation from its national association. The organization is one of 12 SBDC programs nationwide to achieve this designation. It recognizes the organization’s competencies in coaching and consulting with entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the state who have technology or innovation as a core competitive advantage. The competencies include assistance with commercialization, intellectual property, alternative financing, research and development funding, and referral resources.
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Apr. 16, 2015

MedTech Economic Development and Entrepreneur Non-Profits Develop Strategic Partnership in Idaho

by The CORE Idaho

The CORE, a non-profit focused on catalyzing the MedTech ecosystem in Idaho, and the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI) have developed a strategic partnership. The WBI is a Utah-based non-profit which educates companies through Cooperative Venturing, a mentor based training in the art and science of becoming attractive and viable investments-the essence of commercialization.

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Dec. 18, 2014

Kuna sets aside land for development

Kuna City Council annexed 150 acres of land earlier this month for a planned development. The development will include a subdivision, sports fields and swimming pools. The development is slated to be complete in the next eight to ten years and will target growing families.  In total, 40 to 50 homes will be constructed by a variety of builders. The homes will be targeted for buyers looking to grow out of their starter homes.

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Sep. 24, 2015

Canyon County Co-op Comes to Life

by Marissa Lovell

Big ideas grow in the Boise Valley everyday. Sometimes, those ideas must be uprooted and replanted in a greener meadow. That is the course taken by the Canyon County Co-op, who has gone from seeding a dream to cultivating a reality.

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Jan. 13, 2016

Canyon County Co-op Set to Open Jan.19

The Canyon County Co-op is set to open its doors to the public next Tuesday, January 19. To say Canyon County is excited for their new co-op is an understatement. Organizers initially anticipated selling 600-700 memberships at $65 apiece by opening day, but approximately 1,500 people had signed up by the end of the first week of January—with more memberships being sold every day. 

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Jan. 28, 2016

Downtown Groundbreakings

Photo by City of Boise Mayor's Office

Mayor Bieter and other local business leaders took part in two groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday.  The first was for a new Hyatt Place hotel with PEG Development and Rafanelli & Nehas -- a great new downtown hotel at the corner of Bannock and 10th streets.

The second was Local Construct's groundbreaking for the Fowler, a beautiful mixed use development at 401 S 5th Street, in the City of Boise's LIV District. Its 159 environmentally-friendly, walkable residences (along with a number of other downtown residential projects underway).

These two new projects are the latest in more than $1 billion in projects recently completed or underway in downtown Boise.

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Dec. 10, 2014

JUMP in Progress

Photo by JUMP photographer Michael McCullough

A wintry look at the progress of Jack's Urban Meeting Place - or JUMP as it's quickly becoming known. Once complete, this downtown Boise location plans to be a celebration of creativity and inspiration, a place for the community to participate in a kaleidoscope of ever-changing activities, events, and programs.

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Jun. 27, 2015

A Trip to the Top of Boise

A trip to the top of Boise

Idaho Statesman reporter Sven Berg and ESI project engineer Adam Johnson take us up the 310-foot crane at City Center Plaza, a 22,000 square foot, 9-story office building under construction in the heart of Downtown Boise. 

Jun. 24, 2015

Office Envy: Scentsy

by Marissa Lovell

What once lived in a 40-foot storage container on a small Idaho sheep farm now sprawls onto 73.7 gorgeous acres right off Eagle Road in Meridian. Home to more than 700 Boise Valley employees and an active part of the community, the Scentsy Commons Tower is a hub of activity, ideas and generosity. At the heart of the campus and the company, the Tower was inspired by the idea of being a greenhouse – a place where employees can thrive and flourish and big ideas can grow. 

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Nov. 9, 2016

Go Behind the Scenes with Bolin Guitars

Bolin Guitars Go behind the scenes, see how world-class guitars are made in Boise, Idaho.

Bolin Guitars father and son, John & Jake Bolin have made world-class guitars for Steve Miller, Billy Gibbons and Keith Richards. They live in Boise, Idaho,

Aug. 20, 2015

A JUMP Boise Sunset

Photo by Michael McCullough

A beautiful Boise sunset over one of downtown Boise's newest additions, JUMP Boise. JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place) is an interactive creative center and community gathering place. 

Dec. 14, 2015

JUMP Opens its Doors for the First Time

JUMP, otherwise known as Jacks Urban Meeting Place opened its doors for the first time this week to allow an inside view of just what JUMP is all about. Cathy O’Neill, Community Engagement Director, admits that JUMP is very difficult to describe, so instead of trying to explain JUMP's mission, she described what's inside. JUMP includes five interactive studios where the public can participate in classes, performances, roundtable discussions or celebrations; the kitchen studio; an inspiration studio or "think-tank space"; a maker's studio for builders and inventors; a movement studio for dance, yoga and performing arts; and a multimedia studio for filmmakers. She says that JUMP's mission is to encourage people to try something new. And that is exactly why you will see the quote "When was the last time you did something for the first time" right when you walk through the front doors. 

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