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Tastemakers: Restaurants & breweries (access required)

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Introduction The restaurant and brewery industry in Idaho has been flourishing lately, with far more openings than closings. But it’s far from an easy business: Owners and managers have to constantly adjust their practices to stay on top of ever-changing ...

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Forum on the Future: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

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Introduction: Forum on the Future Idaho has seen tremendous growth and change over the last few years, and 2016 was no different. New construction has changed the appearance of Boise’s downtown, and that change will continue into 2017. In the coming ...

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Low key & high tech: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

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Introduction: Low key & high tech More and more tech startups are making an appearance in the Boise area and throughout Idaho. That’s a good thing — the jobs pay well and attract highly educated and skilled professionals. But starting a ...

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Real Estate & Urban Renewal: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

Construction started in October on the Inn at 500, on the corner of downtown Boise’s Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street. The six-story, 112-room hotel will also have restaurant space. The developers received $269,000 from CCDC to relocate utility lines and carry out other improvements, and nearly $200,000 for streetlights, trees, and benches located in the existing right-of-way. Photo by Pete Grady.

Introduction: Urban renewal as a tool for economic development Local economic development officials have long relied on urban renewal to encourage development and improve underused urban areas. In Boise, urban renewal has helped promote major construction projects, including Eighth and ...

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Idaho’s Travel Industry: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

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  Introduction Like so many other industries in Idaho, the tourism industry is thriving right now. Visitors come for business, they come for adventure, they come for relaxation — and they’re coming in large numbers. Bed tax collections, which pay ...

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Public Transit in Idaho: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

A Valley Rides bus. The city pays about $7 million for its bus system, but badly needs a dedicated funding stream for public transportation, said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

Introduction A coming need for public transportation Idaho is one of just two states without a dedicated funding stream for public transportation. That leaves politicians in the Treasure Valley in a tough spot as they look for ways to make ...

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Compensation: Idaho’s rate of pay (access required)

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Introduction Rate of pay in Idaho: Where Idaho stands Idaho ranks near the bottom nationwide for wages. Its average wage of $39,770 comes in 13 percent below the nationwide average of $45,750. The competition for employees has highlighted where the ...

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