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Boise City Council Approves St. Luke’s Downtown Expansion

Bill Connors, President and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, testifies at the City Council hearing on the St. Luke's expansion last week

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Boise City Council approved St. Luke’s expansion of its downtown campus.  The addition of new buildings and remodel of older buildings will allow the hospital to provide state of the art care.  Additionally, it will be an economic development win for the downtown area.  The expansion will create high paying research jobs, healthcare jobs, and construction jobs during the project. 

Gardner Company Announces Development Plans for Parcel B

The space between Front Street and Myrtle Street in Downtown Boise has been the subject of several proposals over the years. The dirt lot, known as Parcel B, has great potential because of its location, proximity to downtown, and size. Multiple visions for the lot have been proposed, ranging from condos to soccer stadium to hotel. It seems the most likely option will be a hotel, possibly with residential units added down the road. 

Junior Achievement of Idaho Celebrates 60 Years of Empowering Students

Junior Achievement (JA) has been giving students the skills they need to be entrepreneurial, competitive, and successful in the world for 60 years.  They offer classes on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.  Volunteers work with students from around the Treasure Valley in grades K-12.  In a classroom setting or a one on one mentoring situation, JA teachers and volunteers work to educate students on real life skills.  Balancing a checkbook, working in an office, investing, and more are all part of the curricul

STEM Students to Show Off Summer Projects

STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, was the focus of a week long summer camp for students grades 1-12, held this week in Boise.  Campers completed various projects, from robotics to programming, and will present their work to the community on June 19th at the Foothills School downtown.  Students created robots, designed apps, and built quadcopters, all from scratch.  Representatives from the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise State University, Startup Grind Boise, the Idaho Technology Council, parents and other community members will be there to show their suppo

Stokin’ Joe’s Beverages Launches New Program to Fight Hunger

Over 250,000 Idahoans do not have sufficient food to live a healthy lifestyle.  Stokin’ Joe’s Beverages, a coffee company based out of Twin Falls, has formed a coalition with other western businesses to fight hunger by creating of a cash donation program.  The program, called Ninety9 Down, will provide meals to the hungry.  Here’s how it works: Stokin’ Joe’s will sell gift boxes containing coffee from Silver Cup Roasters in Kellogg, ID, apparel with the Ninety9 Down logo, and organic snack bars from This Bar Saves Lives, based in Venice, CA. 

New Manufacturing Facility GoGo SqueeZ Brings Jobs to the Treasure Valley

The applesauce company GoGo SqueeZ has invested nearly $85 million into a manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho.  Eventually, the company will hire up to 250 workers.  The facility opened in December and continues to increase production.  The company, which makes applesauce products sealed in pouches, chose the Treasure Valley because of its proximity to the apple market and its people.  GoGo SqueeZ parent company, Materne, cited the community’s enthusiasm for the facility as one of the reasons they chose Nampa. 

May's Connector of the Month is Ray Stark

The Chamber Connector of the Month is our own Ray Stark!  Ray brought in $520 in new membership dues.  Congratulations, Ray! 

Interested in being our next Chamber Connector of the Month?  Here’s how it works:

Bogus Basin Expands Summer Activity Offerings

Most of us are familiar with skiing and boarding up at Bogus Basin.  However, fewer Idahoans are in on the numerous summer activities going on up the mountain.  Bogus, because of a very mild winter, is adding more things to do in the warmer months.  Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and disc golf have always been a great way to escape the Boise heat.  This year though, the recreation area is expanding its operating hours for its eateries, adding three full days of lift operations, and has booked more live music.  Rather than opening the lodge only on weekends, Bogus will now open t


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