Brad Wiskirchen leads Idaho’s largest privately held technology company (by revenue). “The accessibility of highly qualified, talented, and skilled workers helps business grow in the Boise Valley. At Keynetics, we have benefitted from the relatively high levels of education amongst people we are recruiting; it’s been very beneficial for us regardless of the position we need to fill."
From urban living in a vibrant downtown setting to planned communities surrounded by acres of farmland, the Boise Valley offers countless lifestyle options to meet your particular tastes and needs. While each community possesses its own distinct personality, business benefits and opportunities, there is a genuine spirit of cooperation among cities, businesses and government leaders to enhance the quality of life in the Boise Valley by advancing the region’s economic development.
Boise is the hub of commerce, banking, high-tech development, government and industry for Idaho. As the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Boise offers vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, friendly people, and a legendary mild climate. Selected in March 2009 by Conde Nast as the nation's 5th Best City for Small Business, Boise boasts the nation’s best growth rate (7.4 percent) for small businesses.
Boise is Idaho’s capital city and is the home of Boise State University, known for its academic and athletic excellence. The city offers a highly educated and experienced workforce, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown with outstanding dining options. World class skiing, fishing, hiking and other activities are easily accessible from Boise. Visit www.cityofboise.org.
With an estimated population 43,000 people, Caldwell has grown 64% since the 2000 U.S. Census. This growth is attributed to the low cost of doing business, the ease of establishing a business, and the city’s highly motivated workforce. With a significant $45 million downtown revitalization project underway, Caldwell is enticing more businesses to locate or expand in the western-most city in the Boise Valley. Visit www.cityofcaldwell.com.
With a population of around 22,000 people, Eagle is one of the Treasure Valley’s premier communities and is located in approximately 13 miles west of Boise. Strategically placed between the foothills and the Boise River, Eagle offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. Open space and firm design standards in Eagle confers an attractive allure to visitors and those who are pleased to call Eagle “home.” Visit www.cityofeagle.com.
Emmett is a quiet bedroom-type community that offers an attractive blend of rural and subdivision lifestyles. Only a 30-minute drive to Boise, Emmett offers a simpler lifestyle in a setting that is marked by fruit orchards, pastures and abundant farmland. Primed for economic development, Emmett provides the perfect location to build a successful business and enjoy and enviable quality of life. Visit www.emmettidaho.com.
“Nestled By the River” is the motto of Garden City, a community of 12,500 residents and five miles of Boise River frontage. Excellent opportunities exist for redevelopment of land along the river, and Garden City has been undergoing a renaissance with the “Live-Work-Create” district, which was established to allow craftsmen to live, work and market their products at their location. The city has excellent access to major roads, downtown Boise and the Foothills. The city also takes pride in being able to provide more efficient and personal service to businesses and their needs. Visit www.gardencityidaho.govoffice.com.
Meridian is located in southwest Idaho approximately 10 miles from downtown Boise. Since 2000, the town’s population has more than doubled, from 34,919 people to over 73,000, making it the third largest city in the state. Meridian has been transformed from a quiet dairy town to a thriving business center, creating a community that is “Built for Business and Designed for Living.” Today, Meridian is home to some of the region’s top employers and emerging companies. With a focus on the health sciences and technology industries, Meridian’s existing 18,000-acre health sciences and technology corridor continues to attract dozens of new businesses each year. Visit www.meridiancity.org.
Nampa, Idaho’s second largest city, has become the retail and restaurant hub of the western Boise Valley. For three years, the America’s Promise Alliance has named Nampa one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People. The city has embarked on an ambitious urban renewal project that, when completed, will include a new library and public safety building. Home to the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center, Nampa draws an array of concerts, live theater, and community events each year. Visit www.whynampa.com.
Star is located 20 miles west of Boise and has a population of over 5,500 people. The quality of life in the city of Star combines rural character and small-town charm. The scenic waterways afford a healthy lifestyle, and the local citizens share a cooperative spirit and a true sense of community that makes Star an ideal setting to raise a family. Although relatively small, Star has a diverse population which includes blue-collar and white-collar workers, business entrepreneurs, and retirees. Together with neighboring Eagle, Star is home to the Eagle Star Technology Corridor (ESTech), a nearly 80,000-acre region which will soon be home to many high-tech development companies. Visit www.staridaho.org.
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. One of the larger employers in the area is Marathon Cheese Corporation with 350 full-time employees. The 212,000 s.f. packaging facility took advantage of the agriculture and dairy resources available to the region. Right off of the interstate, Mountain Home could be a great location for your business to expand to. Visit the city's website.