October 01, 2021 at 1:43pm | Marcie Ellison
Happy October, friend! Here an excerpt from our monthly "Buzz About Boise" newsletter. Perfect for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential re-locators, and out-of-state investors alike - there is something for everyone.  If you'd like to subscribe to receive the full version of this free newsletter click here, otherwise keep reading!
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Best State Capitals to Live In – 2021 Edition
Source: Smart Asset

According to a recent SmartAsset report, Boise ranked among the Top 10 Most Livable State Capitals. "Boise, Idaho ranks eighth in the category of employment and education. That includes the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in this study, a rate of 3.0% for June 2021. The city’s income went up 22.00% over the past five years, the 14th-highest jump observed overall." You can check out the whole report here.

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Boise's West Bench is Getting a New Paved Pathway Connecting Two Parks and Hundreds of Homes.
Source: KTVB

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean recently announced the city’s first project in what will be an ongoing effort to develop a network of pathways along Boise's canals. This first project will be to pave a half-mile connection between Milwaukee St and Cole Rd (right behind Capital High School), which will effectively connect two parks and hundreds of homes. Read all the details here.
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Governor Little Wants Businesses to Build Affordable Housing, Provide Child Care. Here’s How.
Source:  Idaho Statesman

A few days ago, Govenor Brad Little joined representatives from across Idaho at the Association of Counties annual conference. According to this Idaho Statesman article, when one county representative described Idaho’s housing supply crisis as “the biggest barrier today with our economy in Idaho across the board in every county,” the governor said it “breaks his heart” to see Idaho’s young people unable to buy homes. He went on to discuss the potential of offering bridge financing for people who build affordable housing. Read all the details here.

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University of Idaho: No. 1 in the West Two Years Running
Source: U.S. News & World Report

According to a recent U.S. News & World report, the University of Idaho is the "Best Value in the West" — a ranking it earned in 2020 and again in 2021. The university climbed 51 spots on the overall Best Value list in that same time. Learn more by checking out the recent press release here.

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Commercial, Duplexes, Apartments Planned for Busy Meridian Corner
Source: BoiseDev

A multi-use project could be coming to Meridian on Ustick Rd. Deemed the Lennon Pointe Community, the 8.8 acre project would be split into three sites with a total of 61 residential units. Site A would be commercial, Site B would be multifamily, and Site C would be single-family. Read all the details here.

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Idaho Humane Society Kicks Off Month-Long Dog Celebration
Source:  KTVB

Idaho Humane Society's "See Spot Walk" event will spend the month of October celebrating dogs and their devoted owners. The festivities will kick off on Saturday, October 2nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Idaho Human Society Adoption Center. People can register herebeforehand to get dog bandannas, t-shirts and other fun freebies.

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New Industrial Park Coming - North Nampa
Source:  Nampa Development Corporation (Urban Renewal Agency)

Nampa Development Corporation (Urban Renewal Agency) recently announced a partnership with Adler Industrial to build a new 194 acre industrial park in North Nampa. Mike Adler, President of Adler Industrial is quoted as saying: “We are excited to be working with the Nampa Development Corporation to develop a best-in-class Industrial Park that will attract businesses and jobs to Nampa.”

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Boise Airport to Add Nursing Area, Service Animal Restroom
Source:  KTVB

A number of new amenities - including a service animal restroom and nursing area - are coming to the Boise Airport! In an effort to make things easier for travelers, the airport will be adding several features past the security checkpoint. Learn more here.

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