December 03, 2020 at 10:14am | Jonna Weber
The holiday season is officially here! And even though festivities are looking a bit different this year there is still a lot happenin' across Boise's booming valley. Here's our monthly recap designed to highlight "all the buzz about Boise". Designed for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential relocators, and out-of-state investors alike - there's something for everyone.

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Idaho's Capitol Christmas Tree 
Source:  Idaho Statesman

While the official lighting ceremony looked a bit different this year, Boise's Capitol Christmas tree is officially lit - and we are loving it! Even with little fanfare, and without the typical festive ceremony announcing it's arrival, the 60-year-old spruce is still a sight to behold. As Governor Little wrote in a recent press release "There is much to reflect upon this year. I hope you take this time appreciate the things that are truly important and find any joy and blessings this year has brought.”
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28 Exciting Ways to Eat in Boise Right Now
Source: Eater

Here's a great roundup of 28 of Boise's "most exciting" restaurants to put on your list! While COVID-19 has undeniably impacted our dining out habits, these restaurants are praised for the ways in which they have evolved to meet the unique challenges that the year has brought. From a Cuban food pop-up - to weekend sushi platters - to cross-culinary kits -  there is something for everyone!  Read the full article here.

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Housing, Schools & Policing in Boise - A look at what it will look like in 5 years
Source:  Idaho News - CBS

It's no secret that Boise is growing and it's growing FAST. Such rapid growth causes many to question (and worry about) how numerous essential services and branches of our society will adapt. This article addresses three top-of-mind areas (schooling, housing and policing) and attempts to forecast how things might look five years from now.

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Over 1 million lights transform Expo Idaho for Christmas in Color light show
Source: KTVB

The light show that took eight months of planning and preparation (and over 1 million lights) is now ready for your enjoyment! Not only will you leave brimming with holiday spirit - a portion of each show's ticket sales goes directly to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time online (which you can do here), grab a thermos of cocoa (or your hot toddy of choice) and enjoy the drive thru show!

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Skiers Rejoice! Bogus Basin is Officially OPEN
Source:  Bogus Basin

While our local beloved ski resort will offer a different season that usual, it is nonetheless a season!  According to this KTVB article, Bogus will be abiding by all  the COVID guidelines requested by the Central District Health and the CDC (which includes several new distancing rules and guidelines). We hope to see many of you (even if it's from afar) up there on the slopes!
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Impact Fees: How do they work and who foots the bill
Source:  BoiseDev

During periods of rapid growth, such as what we are currently experiencing in the Treasure Valley, impact fees are a regular topic of discussion. This Boise Dev article does a great job explaining how impact fees work in the state of Idaho and outlines who ultimately pays the bill(s) that come with widespread expansion.

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Everything Under One Roof: Banking on Boise’s growth, Crave has something for everyone
Source:  Boise Weekly

If you haven't yet heard about Crave's new 15,000 square foot facility boasting 17 kitchens - check out this  Boise Weekly article. "Think of it as a food court, but instead of customers showing up looking for dining variety, the food court delivers." According to the article, the Meridian facility also serves as the company's national headquarters.  

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[VIDEO] City of Caldwell's Evolution: Jobs, Businesses & Character 
Source: Boise Valley Economic Partnership Provided by the team at Boise Valley Economic Partnership, here's a great video that dives into how the city of Caldwell has evolved over the past five years:


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What's Happening In and Around Boise: Calendar of Events
Source: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau

As we forge into December our community's events continue to be reformatted to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Check out the variety of fun (and safe) events that our wonderful city continues to provide by visiting this great calendar that outlines a number of events that are currently planned for September.

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