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.

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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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Oct. 11, 2016

Mountain Home

Doing Business in Mountain Home

Only 39 miles southeast of Boise on I-84, Mountain Home is a city that is ready for business.  With a population of approximately 15,000 people,  the City of Mountain Home also houses the Mountain Home Air Force Base with an additional 4,500 assigned military and 850 full time civilian workers. Right off of the interstate, Mountain Home could be a great location for your business to expand to.  

Jan. 11, 2017

Meridian #1 City For New Home Sales

Sometimes homebuyers just want a new home. Lower maintenance costs, up-to-date designs, and a definite lack of murder are on many a must-have list.

To determine which U.S. cities have appealingly high inventories of new homes, Realtor.com analyzed the housing markets of the country’s 400 largest towns. The results were a little surprising.

The ten cities with the highest percentage of for-sale homes built since 2013 are concentrated in the middle of the country, with Meridian, Idaho, leading the charge. A bedroom community for Boise’s growing tech scene, Meridian’s seen a surge of home construction in recent years. More than a third of the city’s housing market is newer construction with a median price just $25,000 above older homes for sale in the area

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Jul. 16, 2015

Late Idaho Artist James Castle’s Home to Become Cultural Hub

The City of Boise took ownership of the late Idaho artist James Castle's home this week. The purchase preserves and protects the historic space from any future development. Castle's home will be restored into a facility dedicated to his life and work, hosting a live-in artist residency program and rotating exhibition space for local and national artists. The restoration is planned to be completed and open to the public in 2017.   

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Feb. 4, 2016

Shipping container home subdivision planned for Garden City

A new wave of housing is hitting Garden City soon -- homes built from old shipping containers. Not surprisingly, it's a first for the Treasure Valley and Idaho. It's hard to imagine, but it's 1,400 square feet of living space that was once used to transport goods across the United States and Asia.

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Apr. 5, 2016

Students Take Home $100,000 In Seed Funding In Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Fourteen teams of intrepid student entrepreneurs took home $100,000 in seed funding to bolster their businesses at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge awards presentation April 1 at Trailhead in Boise. All 22 colleges and universities in the Gem State were invited to participate in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship. Of the 75 competitors from around the state, 23 teams were selected as finalists. The program is directed by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and College of Business and Economics, and sponsored by Zions Bank. Teams earned seed funding in the categories of health, technology, agriculture technology and social impact. Each of the four first-place teams earned $13,000 for their innovations.

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Feb. 2, 2015

Mountain Home High School Launches Entrepreneur Program

Mountain Home High School is kicking off a new program to encourage a gritty, start-up mentality in students. The program, which will begin in the fall of 2015, seeks students ages 13-18 to enroll with the end goal of turning them into successful entrepreneurs. 

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Aug. 18, 2016

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

Come home to Meridian, Idaho with Troy Merritt

PGA TOUR winner, Troy Merritt gives us a glimpse of what his everyday home life is like when he is not on the course. It showcases just what a great place Meridian and the Treasure Valley truly is. 

Jan. 31, 2017

Mountain Home Business to be Featured on CNBC Show Blue Collar Millionaires

A Mountain Home business owner will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 1, on a CNBC show, “Blue Collar Millionaires.”

Chuck Ceccarelli founded In The Ditch Towing Products, a manufacturer, and three sales-and-service companies: Idaho Wrecker Sales, IWS Motor Coaches and Fish Fighter Products. 

Ceccarelli started in Bruneau in the mid-1990s and now employs more than 70 full-time workers. He plans to break ground this year on a 50,000-square-foot building to house 20 or more additional employees.

Ceccarelli is the sole owner of IWS Motor Coaches and majority owner of the other companies. He expects combined sales to top $24 million this year.

“Blue Collar Millionaires” is narrated by country-music singer Tim McGraw. This episode will air at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

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Nov. 11, 2014

Mountain Home Gears Up for Massive Country Music Festival

Country music is coming to Idaho. In a BIG way. Mountain Home is gearing up for the Summer 2015 Mountain Home Country Fest, which will feature major headliners like Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and others. The festival is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees from all over the Idaho, Oregon and beyond. Yee-haw!
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May. 9, 2016

Boise, Idaho, A Global Home for Refugees

When photographer Angie Smith visited her parents in the picturesque midwestern town of Boise, Idaho, approximately five years ago, she had no idea how it would lead to a future photography project. While she was there, Smith began to notice a growing presence of refugees in Boise.

Boise has a surprisingly large number of refugees from Bhutan, Sudan, Somalia, and more. Smith says that she would often see refugees walking to and from the grocery store, laundromat, or other common places in town.

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Sep. 2, 2015

Forbes - Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest in Housing in 2015

Whether you’re an investor looking to pick up a few rental properties or a young professional interested in purchasing a first home, there are plenty of places where housing should be a pretty safe bet. The key is to buy in cities with strong job growth that people are moving to, so that the stock of potential tenants for would-be landlords is abundant.

Boise comes in on this Forbes list at #8.

MSA: Boise City-Nampa, ID
Pop.: 650,288
Avg. Home Price: $183,649
Pop Growth (’10-’13): 5.3%
Jobs Growth (annual): 2.2%
Unemployment: 3.5%
Annual price growth: 9%
Over (+) or under (-) priced by: -6%
Home Price/Rent Ratio: 17

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