December 02, 2021 at 10:50am | Marcie Ellison
The holiday season is officially here! And even though festivities continue to look a little different than years past, there are still a lot of fun events & happenings scheduled across our 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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CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE HAS ARRIVED
Source:  Idaho.gov
Be sure to make it downtown to see this year's Christmas tree! Donated by Boise residents David, Lisa and Delaney Beale; this year's tree has a pretty sweet story. As quoted in this press release, "After agonizing with what to do with this gorgeous tree that was planted too close to our home, we came to the unfortunate realization that the tree must be removed,”  said David Beale. “Almost simultaneously, we received a surprise knock on our door from the State, asking us if we would be interested in donating our tree to become the Capitol Christmas Tree. That visit was an absolute blessing. Yes, this fine tree needed to be removed, but to go out serving as a beacon of the holiday season for the steps of the Capitol building, we could not be more pleased, or ask for a sweeter outcome!”

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TOP BOOM TOWNS IN AMERICA
Source:  Smart Asset
Three cities from the Treasure Valley were among the "top 30 boomtowns nationwide"(including two in the top 10):  Nampa (#2), Meridian (#3) and Boise (#28). To compile the list, the 500 largest U.S. cities were compared using seven key attributes (population change, unemployment rate, change in unemployment rate, GDP growth rate, business growth, housing growth and change in household income). Read all the details here.


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TALENT ATTRACTION SCORECARD
Source: Idaho News

For the sixth consecutive year, Emsi has released their annual report detailing which U.S. counties are successfully finding talent attraction. This year Ada County ranked #17 nationwide. And Canyon County broke the top 50 at spot #47. Learn more  here.

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TREASURE VALLEY WOMAN STARTS CREATIVE VENDING MACHINE BUSINESS
Source: Boise Dev

When you think of vending machines, locally-made products are probably the last thing you'd expect to find. One Treasure Valley woman has changed that. Her creative vending machines are stuffed with locally-made jewelry, stickers, toys, and items for shoppers of all ages. Her machines are currently located at Lost Grove Brewery near Boise State and at the Oakes Brothers Marketplace in Caldwell near the Indian Creek Plaza. Read the full article here and then follow her on Instagram.

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EMPTY DESERT SOUTH OF AIRPORT IS BOISE'S NEXT BIG GROWTH HOT SPOT
Source:  Idaho Statesman

According to this Idaho Statesman article, an area south of the airport (previously used as a shooting range) is looking like it could be come Boise's next big growth hot spot. “It’s got a lot of potential. It pretty much unlocks South Boise in a lot of ways. It’ll be fun to bring jobs closer to where people live.” Read the full article here.

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WHAT'S DOES IDAHO'S GROWTH TRAJECTORY MEAN FOR THE FUTURE?
Source:  Idaho Business Review

No question about it, Idaho is booming. And while we all know about it (and might even feel a little "over" talking about it) the rapid growth we are experiencing (and predicting to continue) is certainly worth discussing. That’s why Idaho Business Review will be hosting a Forum on the Future panel discussion titled “Growing for the Future,” on Dec. 9 from 3-5:30pm at Boise Centre East. Carefully selected panel participants will offer their insight and area expertise on how state-wide growth could affect your business during this two-part panel discussion. Register to join the conversation here.

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AVERAGE BOISE RENTAL PRICES DROP 3% - RENTERS STILL SAY IT'S UNAFFORDABLE
Source:  KBOI

After seeing a significant year-over-year increase in rental prices, last month Boise saw a 3% decrease (the largest decrease in the nation). With that said, according to this Apartment List report, rental costs in Boise are still up 21.4% from one year ago. Check out this KBOI article to learn more about our local rental market, how renters are finding affordable housing and more.

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SOMETHING OTHER THAN BEER IS BREWING AT EDGE
Source:  BoiseDev

Since 2014, Edge Brewing has been one of Boise's favorite local breweries. Now it's moving beyond just hops and having a goat making canned cocktails with vodka at Edge's distillery. There are currently four different kinds of cocktails to choose from (vodka mule, cosmopolitan, peach tea and vodka and strawberry rhubarb lemon drop). For more information visit their website or check out this article.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS ACROSS THE TREASURE VALLEY
Source:  Downtown Boise

Looking to add a few more festive events to your holiday schedule? Check out the variety of great events that our wonderful valley continues to plan here.

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