Jul. 22, 2015

Office Envy: CTA

by Marissa Lovell

High above downtown Boise lives a stimulating space conceptualized by CTA Architects Engineers, an integrated team of architects, designers, engineers and project managers. With live plants, 360-degree views and 100 percent employee input, CTA's space on the eighth floor of the Eighth & Main building has something for every style to envy.

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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.

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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. 

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Jan. 28, 2016

Boise - “It’s My Place”

by Admin

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.

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Jun. 27, 2016

Idaho’s Got Talent

Internships play an important role in the national discussion about job training.

They’re a useful way for companies to help the newly graduated gain job skills and soft skills, and they’re helpful for job-seekers who want to try out a position or a place of employment.

A Boise organization has created an internship program that focuses not only on the newly graduated, but on the newly arrived. It’s called Global Talent Idaho and it helps skilled immigrants, be they refugees or other newcomers, find a place in a local workplace where they can experience the culture, language, and expectations of a U.S. workplace. There are already programs in Idaho to help unskilled workers find positions in the local labor market. Global Talent focuses on foreign-trained workers who worked in professional jobs in their home countries, but don’t have the language skills or credentials to do those jobs in the U.S.

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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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Aug. 5, 2015

From Serendipity to Full Bloom

BUGS’ seed of an idea was planted when Amy Hutchinson, then a teacher at South Junior High, noticed her fidgety students engage differently when she brought them outside to study pollinators. She asked herself, “How can I capitalize on this?” At the same time, she was discussing with her friend Wendy Young, a Master Gardener who worked for non-profits eradicating poverty, “What would you do if you could take education in any direction?”

Ideas percolated, and one afternoon over cups of tea, the two friends hatched a plan, a summer children’s gardening school. Children—as people at their most curious, tactile and kinesthetic—could learn by immersing themselves in the natural world through gardening. Both women loved the idea, and were eager to start. All they needed was land, money and students. 

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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.

 

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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.

Jun. 15, 2016

This is Boise

This Is Boise

Drone footage of different places in Boise.

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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Jul. 29, 2015

Jaialdi 2015 Guide

by Admin

Jaialdi 2015 is here! The six-day festival includes traditional sports, dancing, music, food and drinks and much more.  Check the schedule and starting planning for one of the largest Basque festivals in the world. 

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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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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. 23, 2016

Ski & Tee, Boise Style

March presents a difficult choice for outdoor recreationists in the Treasure Valley. Extract a few last memories from winter? Or dive into spring? One more day on skis? Or knock the rust off your golf game? Or maybe, you can have it both ways.

Since I was a teenager living in Bend, Ore., I’ve been familiar with the idea of combining skiing and golf in one day — but I’d never tried it until Sunday. That’s too bad, because I enjoyed the day, I never felt overwhelmed by it and the Treasure Valley likely is among the best, easiest places in the country to pull off the winter-summer double. We have easy access to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area — the drive up Bogus Basin Road took less than 30 minutes with no snow or ice on the surface. Bogus is open at night — you could, conceivably, play golf in the afternoon and still get in plenty of ski runs in the evening. Our golf courses often are open most of the winter. And our days get long after Daylight Saving Time begins, which allowed me to flip my original plan. Instead of Tee & (Night) Ski, this became Ski & Tee.

Some top resort destinations like to market their golf-and-ski combinations. A quick Google search found references to the idea in Utah, Alberta, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, New Mexico and Colorado, for starters. But usually, that possibility is limited to a small overlap in the seasons — and might require enduring a frigid day on the course.

In the Treasure Valley, you can pick just about any pleasant winter day to give this a try.

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Sep. 9, 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, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. Strip away the boundaries and formalities and collaborate forward. In this video, Ivan and Kyra walk you through a day in the life in the Boise Metro.

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. 

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Jun. 12, 2015

Downtown Boise to See 395 New Residential Units

Six projects are on the way to downtown Boise this year that will create nearly 400 new living spaces. Many of the plans include ground-level office and retail space with capacity for residential and parking above. The new additions will kick start the City of Boise's goal of bringing 1,000 new urban living spaces into the city's core by 2020.

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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. 26, 2015

Basque in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is home to one of the biggest concentrations of Basques in the United States, and the best way to learn more about that heritage is by visiting the Basque Block, tucked in the center of the state's capital city.

Basques began settling in southwestern Idaho as early as the late 1800s, with many coming from the Basque region on the border of Spain and France to work as sheepherders in Idaho. Nearly 8,000 residents of the Gem State identify as Basque today.

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