Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to the New Boise Co-op in the Village at Meridian

The Boise Co-op opened it's doors at their newest Meridian location this week. While the North End location is the flagship store, the new 25,000-square-foot location is equivalent to the original market, the Co-op Wine Shop and the Pet Shop combined. The look and feel of the Village at Meridian store is also different from what longtime Co-op customers have come to know. The new shop also includes a cooking classroom complete with a kitchen slated to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

Aug. 10, 2016

5 Meridian Developments To Keep An Eye On

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the growth in Meridian — new homes, new apartments, new restaurants and new businesses. Here's a one-stop shop for information about five interesting developments.

1) Digitization at the Library
2) The Vault Patio
3) Flatbread Expands
4) Black Rock Coffee Bar
5) Growth at the Village

Aug. 24, 2016

Destination: Downtown Meridian

by Marissa Lovell

Idaho’s fastest city growing city since 1994, Meridian is no stranger to progress and growth. Recently named America’s best city to live in by USA Today, the Boise Valley’s central city has proven to hold a little something for everyone. With the Village at Meridian’s ever-growing radius and suburban development happening throughout the area at lightning speed, downtown Meridian brings an unexpected experience – a cultural cohesion of strong historical roots and emerging potential. For downtown business owners, the move to the city’s center has been encouraging and positive – part of the reason why more businesses across different industries are setting up shop in downtown Meridian.

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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, 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

May. 12, 2016

The Village At Meridian Will Expand By 225,000 Square Feet!

The Village at Meridian will add 225,000 square feet of retail and office space, plus a second gathering spot similar to The Village’s Fountain Square. CenterCal Chief Executive Fred Bruning announced the expansion May 10 at an open house for commercial real estate brokers


Sep. 14, 2015

Meridian Opens New Public Safety Training Center

by Admin

The new training center features four classrooms, a defensive tactics mat room, simulators to create real situations for training, a K-9 agility course and it houses a mobile command post. 

The Meridian Police and Fire Departments will hold an official ribbon cutting and public tours of the new Public Safety Training Center on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:30am.  It is the first of its kind to be built in the valley. “This new facility will significantly improve the efficiencies in training our officers. We can now train on site and alongside our fire personnel, other agencies, even our public works crews. The combined trainings are hugely beneficial when preparing for tactical responses,” said Chief Jeff Lavey, Meridian Police Department.

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Apr. 27, 2015

HeartSafe Meridian Launches First Phase

by City of Meridian Press Release

Last week, the City of Meridian took it's first steps toward making residents safer by installing 39 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in Meridian Parks and emergency and support vehicles. This was the first phase of HeartSafe Meridian, a citywide initative to identify cardiac arrest and better understand what to do in those situations. Future phases include free CPR classes and training for the AED devices for members of the community. 

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Apr. 17, 2015

Meridian Hosts Unplug and Be Outside Week

by City of Meridian

The week of April 20-25, Meridian Parks and Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Unplug and Be Outside Week. Free activities, workshops and events will be held throughout the city of Meridian to inspire and encourage families to get out of the house, away from technology and get active. 

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Oct. 16, 2017

USA Today: Meridian Among Top 25 Cities in America

As the land of opportunity, the United States has attracted people from around the world for centuries. Yet not all parts of the country are equally desirable, and some cities are far more livable than others.

On an individual level, subjective measures often override other, more objective, considerations. Sometimes, we live in a place simply because it is where we grew up — it is familiar and where we feel at ease. Still, a range of factors can help compare U.S. cities objectively. Low crime, a healthy economy and affordability are just a few examples of universally desirable attributes in any community.

24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Oct. 29, 2014

Visualizing the Village at Meridian

The Village at Meridian

Local blogger Amy Larson & VSquared Creative give us a tour of the new Boise Valley destination

Sep. 15, 2015

Take a Tour of Meridian, ID

Take a Tour of Meridian, Idaho!

Great video showing aerial footage of the City of Meridian from Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | 43° North.  Ever wondered what it looks like to live here?  

Mar. 18, 2016

Meridian sees strong job growth in high-paying sectors

When 24/7 Wall St. measured the health of cities' job markets in November 2015, the report highlighted Meridian's job market, which saw twice as much growth than the national job market from 2012 to 2014. “Everything in Meridian has been performing well,” Ethan Mansfield, the southwest Idaho regional economist with the Department of Labor, told My Meridian Press. “There's a strong growth in the low-paying jobs...but there's also strong growth in the high-paying jobs, too.”

Mar. 3, 2015

United Heritage Insurance Opens New Meridian Office Complex

by United Heritage

via United Heritage press release 

United Heritage Insurance officially opened a new partially solar-powered office building February 23, 2015 at its corporate campus in Meridian’s Central Valley Corporate Park, located just off Interstate 84. The 20,000 square foot, two-story building features a new energy efficiency design utilizing 20% solar power and incorporating other energy saving devices including LED lighting throughout. United Heritage Insurance provides centralized services from its Meridian home office for its four operating companies based in Idaho, Oregon and California, as well as a network of more than 1800 independent agents throughout 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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Oct. 4, 2016

Meridian Is One Of 2016’s Fastest Growing Cities

Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities have figured out the key ingredients and how to stir the pot just right to sustain long-term prosperity. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify the contributing factors that perpetuate a lasting cycle of growth.

But the quick path toward success is not as cut and dried for every city. In order to identify the fastest growing local economies, WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 U.S. cities of varying population sizes based on 14 key indicators of rapid economic growth. Our data set — from a period spanning 2009 to 2015 — ranges from “population growth” to “unemployment rate decrease” and “growth in regional GDP per capita.”

Meridian Idaho comes in at number six overall right behind Surpise Arizona and Kent Washington. Meridian has experienced incredible growth since 2010 and is still the fastest growing city in Idaho. 

Aug. 22, 2016

Bish’s RV to Move From Nampa to New Meridian Store

Bish's RV Super Center started construction this week on a new three-story dealership in Meridian, company spokeswoman Megan Walker said. The facility will absorb the Nampa store near the Franklin Boulevard/Interstate 84 interchange, which has outgrown its space, she said.

Targeting an April open date, Bish's RV will move its roughly 50 employees from Nampa to Meridian and plans to hire 30 to 40 more people, Walker said. The 53,375-square-foot building in Meridian will have 22 service bays, compared with the eight service bays in Nampa, she said.

"Meridian just seemed like a great central hub for the Treasure Valley," Walker said. "We found a great piece of property, visible from the freeway. And it just made sense to build in Meridian, especially with all the development going on, too, in that city."

Jan. 5, 2016

New Gym Opens Soon at Meridian Boys & Girls Club

In mid-January, children at the Boys & Girls Club in Meridian will have a brand new gymnasium to play in. Clubhouse director Robyn Ure could not be more excited.

The clubhouse serves an average of 220 kids a day but has an enrollment of about 500, she said. The waiting list during the summer ranges from 60 to over 100 kids. The expansion — which includes a new teen center — will double the space, opening up room in the current facility for seven more computers, a larger library and education center, and a STEM room where students can do hands-on science projects.

The project cost came to $2.5 million, thanks in part to in-kind donations for design and construction work. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation gave $1 million, and the city of Meridian pitched in $500,000.

Mar. 7, 2016

‘Trailblazers’ Breathe New Life Into Downtown Meridian

Artist and history enthusiast Josh Evarts has transformed the old bank building into "the Vault".

Evarts used to walk by the 111-year-old building on his way to coach his son's basketball team at Cole Valley Christian High School. His curiosity about the building led him to do some research.

“This was our first bank for downtown Meridian," he said. "So when people were producing produce and raising cattle and this farm community was getting established, this was the place where everybody brought their money to secure it and protect it."

Though the building was in rough shape when he bought it, Evarts envisioned an inviting gathering place with a rich brick and hardwood interior, leather couches, Edison bulbs strung from high-tension wires, roll-up windows and his artwork hanging the walls. Oh, and let's not forget — "I had to have an unbelievable sound system in here, because I want to listen to Sinatra and U2 and Led Zeppelin and hang out," Evarts said.

Evarts' office is in the back of the building. The rest of the space will be open for small events, business meetings, or even just a place to sit and relax.

Oct. 27, 2016

Meridian #2 Best City To Live In

Meridian is located just outside of Idaho’s capital city of Boise. The city is safe — Just over 100 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 residents in Meridian last year, a fraction of the national violent crime rate of 373 violent crimes per 100,000 people nationwide.

The city’s annual unemployment rate is quite low, At just 3.5% compared to the national jobless rate of 5.3%. Moreover, jobs are being added to the local economy faster than in most of the United States. The number of jobs increased by nearly 10% from 2013 through the end of last year, much faster than the national jobs growth rate of 4.0% over that period. Prospective employment is frequently the first priority for Americans considering relocation. With the strong job market, Meridian’s population has been growing dramatically in recent years. The city’s population growth rate of over 20% over the five years through 2015 is more than five times the nation’s 5-year population growth rate of 3.9%.

Feb. 11, 2016

New Ventures Lab Builds Name for Itself in Meridian

Meridian's new tech incubator, New Ventures Lab, is building community and business ties in its first eight months.

The lab houses seven companies — which employ 33 people in Meridian and around the world — and provides work space for employees whose companies are out of town. Business professionals considering expanding to the Treasure Valley also use the lab's open space during their visits, lab director Rick Ritter said.