KeyBank’s Key4Women will present “Grit and Grace”, a free, one-hour virtual event on Wednesday, March 1, at 12pm eastern standard time.
The webinar will kick off Women’s History month with guest speaker, Cheryle Jackson, Founder of Grit and Grace, The Movement and current CEO of MyOwnDoctor, a groundbreaking telehealth company. This lively webinar will discuss why practicing grace along with grit is the answer to not only sustaining success but walking in your brilliance to live a life you desire.
Jackson’s history-making career has been marked by her ability to break barriers. She has served as a C-suite executive at a global aviation company, CEO of the Chicago Urban League, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama, communications director for an Illinois Governor, and a vice president at National Public Radio. In 2018, Cheryle founded Grit and Grace, The Movement, a women’s empowerment, coaching and media company. In 2020, she became CEO of MyOwnDoctor, a telehealth company that offers culturally specific care with platforms Black Telehealth and LatinX Telehealth.
Her highly accredited TEDx Talk “Grit and Grace” validates the career trajectories of go-getters but also implores women to place self-compassion on par with ambition as a lasting model for success.
“Key4Women is about empowering women, which is what Cheryle embodies in her work throughout her career,” said Rachael Sampson, Key4Women Leader. “Our attendees are going to walk away feeling energized to take on and overcome challenges that will drive them to success.”
For more information, visit key.com/women, or register online by February 28th here.
SERVPRO Urges Meridian Property Owners to Focus on Disaster Readiness as Spring Approaches
Property damage remediation specialist says the importance of advance planning grows as severe weather and climate events become more frequent
Meridian, ID (Grassroots Newswire) February 9, 2023 - Since Fall 2022, the United States has experienced extreme weather from coast to coast ranging from major rain and flood events to hurricanes and tornadoes to extreme freezing conditions including a "once in a generation blizzard." As catastrophic weather events impact property owners more frequently, it magnifies the need for disaster readiness ahead of this spring's storm season.
The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reports that from 1980-2022, there were, on average, 7.9 "billion-dollar" events each year. In 2021, there were 20 "billion-dollar" weather or climate disaster events, and 2022 delivered another 18 - each year more than doubling the previous multi-year average.1
"These statistics are revealing," says Christian Isaacson of SERVPRO® of Boise, "but not surprising to businesses like SERVPRO who specialize in disaster response and remediation. SERVPRO franchise owners experience the real-life impact of events like these as home and business owners reach out for help after flooding, fire, wind, and other natural disasters wreak havoc on their properties. That's why we continue to emphasize the importance of preparing in advance before disaster strikes."
Because spring weather can be particularly unpredictable, Isaacson urges property owners in the Meridian area to take advantage of state, federal and other online resources now to prepare for a possible severe weather event. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips here2 for preparing an emergency kit to have on hand. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an emergency preparedness checklist here3, and more ideas and tools are available from sources like the Red Cross, the AARP, and others.
According to Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC, the number of calls for help and web traffic to
Commercial & Residential Restoration Services
increased more than 300% after the most recent winter storm event in late December 2022 over the same period last year (12/22/22 - 12/28/22).
"Advance preparation might have helped some of these property owners literally weather the storm with less damage," said Isaacson. "And for those whose homes or businesses were severely damaged or destroyed in spite of efforts to avoid damage, advance preparation would mean that critical papers, contact numbers, insurance information, and recovery plans would be close at hand. Time spent improving your disaster readiness is time well spent."
SERVPRO specializes in disaster cleaning, restoration, and construction services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Boise, please contact Christian Isaacson at (208) 375-0300 or Cisaacson@servproboise.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit
Commercial & Residential Restoration Services
1. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
2. Spring Weather
For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small - from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."
Urban Land Institute Announces First Half-Day Sustainability Conference in Boise
The Idaho District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI-Idaho) announces the first Sustainability Conference in Boise, taking place March 6 at Boise Centre.
“We are excited to have an opportunity with the Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate to bring in national speakers and industry experts to Idaho discuss net zero practices and sustainability initiatives. Working with national, regional, and local experts, together we have developed a wide range of resources and discussion topics to help our communities and the broader real estate and land use industry better understand the business case for net zero,” said Karlee May, Executive Director.
The half-day program begins with a national keynote speaker over lunch, Billy Grayson, and then features seven different afternoon break-out sessions which allows for attendees to select the topics they wish to dive in to. The mixture of local and non-local speakers and panelists are coming from across the nation to contribute their expertise and knowledge to the Idaho community.
11:30 – 12:30 Registration opens, visit information booths / networking
12:30 - 1:45 Welcome / lunch / keynote
2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Session #1
Attendee choice of 1 session from the 4 different tracks:
Attendee choice of 1 session from 3 different tracks:
“By channeling our resources and energies into tacking these important and pressing challenges we can maximize our impact. This is a great place to start, hopefully continuing these valuable conversations going forward”, said May. “There is also a tremendous amount of encouragement from the industry locally- the companies and universities who are supporting this program truly care about our environment and the real estate industry.”
Registration for the Sustainability Conference is open anybody interested in these topics and how we can best move the needle in Idaho collectively. We are proud to be offering CM credits for planners as well. Please find additional information, registration links, and ongoing announcements of breakout sessions and speakers online at Idaho.uli.org/events.
For questions about ULI-Idaho or the Sustainability Conference visit Idaho.ULI.org
Supporting organizations include: Idaho Power, Boise State University, Boise Cascade, City of Boise, Andersen Construction, Idaho Smart Growth, Keystone Concepts, WoodWorks, APA Idaho, HDR, Holland & Hart, USGBC-Idaho and HUNT Electric.
The world’s most popular game, Monopoly, is set to launch a Boise edition board game!
In October 2023, MONOPOLY puts Boise on the board. Boise residents will be able to play the world’s most popular board game in a way that pays tribute to the iconic landmarks in the City of Trees. Boise is among an elite group of places chosen, including Brooklyn, Kansas City, and Scottsdale, to get its very own edition of the iconic game.
From today until October 1st, Boise residents can voice which locations they would like to see featured on the board by submitting it to the official Boise MONOPOLY email, Boise@toptrumps.com.
MONOPOLY: Boise Edition will feature locally themed squares to replace Boardwalk and Park Place from the original Atlantic City MONOPOLY board. In addition, they will include customized “Community Chest” and “Chance” playing cards, making the entire game unique to Boise. A few squares will also be dedicated to Boise-specific parks, monuments, museums, and more.
Top Trumps, manufacturers of the official Boise version of MONOPOLY under license from global branded entertainment leader Hasbro, say the game will be on shelves starting in October of this year. Aaron Green, a representative from Top Trumps, said: “We want to ensure that the MONOPOLY: Boise Edition is an accurate portrayal of what locals love about their city, so we would love for everyone to get on board and send us their recommendations of what they would like to see included. Everything is up for consideration – Bogus Basin, BSU Broncos, Camel’s Back Park, the Greenbelt; we want to know your Boise favorites that must be on the board – so please get involved!”
Bill Connors, President & CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber, joined the announcement and said: “A Boise version of the beloved MONOPOLY game is a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together, and it is a reflection of the vibrancy of our city. From the Greenbelt to the Foothills and everything in between, let’s work together to make this game emblematic of what it means to live and work in the City of Trees.”
BOISE, ID (February 7, 2023) – The Warehouse Food Hall, located at 370 S. 8th Street in downtown
Boise, is proud to announce Freshie’s Lobster Co. is now open! Freshie’s brings fresh-caught New
England lobster to Boise with its famous lobster rolls and fresh fish menu items.
“I love the experience a food hall brings to people who really appreciate great food,” said Lorin Smaha,
owner of Freshie’s Lobster Co. “I’m really excited to bring the best lobster roll in the world to Boise.”
Local favorite, Piedaho, is set to open at The Warehouse this February. Piedaho makes artisanal pies that
taste as good as they look, thanks to high quality, local ingredients. Piedaho got its start on social media
where customers could order handmade pies and have them delivered straight to their door. Now
Boiseans can get their pies directly from The Warehouse.
“We’re so excited to be part of The Warehouse and be around other creative food businesses,” said
Rebecca Bloom, owner of Piedaho. “The Warehouse is a place where you can try all kinds of unique food
and we can’t wait for visitors to give our sweet treats a try.”
Joining the lineup at BoDo this spring are two new entertainment options, Cinema West and Treefort
Music Hall. Cinema West, will occupy the former Regal Edwards Theater on W. Broad Street and boast
nine auditoriums with luxury reclining seats, wall-to-wall screens and state-of-the-art spatial audio
Treefort Music Hall will give the beloved Boise music festival a year-round space. The building, located at
the corner of Broad Street and Capitol Boulevard, will include a concert venue, greenrooms, office space,
two bar areas, interior seating and a rooftop patio with an exterior stage. The 20,000 square foot space
will be able to accommodate over 1,000 people all year round.
To learn more about The Warehouse Food Hall, visit www.warehouseboise.com and to learn more about
Geronimo Hospitality Group, visit www.geronimohospitalitygroup.com.
About The Warehouse Food Hall
The Warehouse Food Hall is a place that takes pride in craftsmanship. With over 29,000 square feet, The
Warehouse will feature the best-of-the-best independently owned businesses and local favorites. This
hub of Boise’s finest will be an extension of the 8th Street dining district with space for 20+ food and retail
vendors. We’ll connect The Warehouse’s vendors with the city’s residents and visitors while becoming a
part of the culinary and social fabric of Boise. For food hall details and leasing information, visit:
About Geronimo Hospitality Group
Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, Geronimo Hospitality Group owns and operates a growing
collection of award-winning, upscale boutique hotels, restaurants and clubs. Committed to
providing memorable guest experiences through its genuine service and original brands,
Geronimo properties are distinguished as destinations of choice for locals and travelers in the
cities they operate. For more information, visit: www.geronimohospitalitygroup.com.
Media Contact: Shannon Kelly, PR Specialist: Shannon.Kelly@geronimohospitalitygroup.com
Bogus Basin announced today that qualifying races for the Nordic Junior National Championships will take place at the area on February 4 and 5. Over 200 aspiring Nordic competitors from the Intermountain Division, including Idaho, Montana, Utah and Western Wyoming, will participate.
The Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) event includes both classic and skate skiing competitions on courses ranging in distance from 2km to 10km. The athletes are from 15 to 20 years of age. All events will take place on Bogus Basin’s Nordic trail system, located near the Frontier Point Lodge, beginning at 10:00 am.
“Bogus Basin is proud to host this level of competition. We look forward to providing an amazing venue and experience for the visiting skiers and their families.”
– Paul McNeil, Director, Bogus Basin Nordic Operations
The top competitors from the Junior National Qualifying series will compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships at the end of the season. The championships brings together the best young cross country skiers in the nation. They are held in a different part of the country each year. The 2023 Junior Nationals will be in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 13-16.
Last year, twelve Idahoans participated in the U.S. Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships in Minnesota. Two recent members of Boise’s Bogus Basin Nordic Team competed at that event; Timberline High School graduate Aurora Cramer and 15 year old Molly Maybach.
Bogus Basin Nordic trail access will remain open on select trails throughout the weekend. The competitions will wrap up on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Bogus Basin’s Director of Nordic Operations, Paul McNeil, at email@example.com.
Business, religious, or community leaders: Join the FBI Citizens Academy in Boise in April!
The FBI Citizens Academy is a stimulating six- to eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. During the academy, students gain insight into the structure and operation of FBI field offices and resident agencies and learn the services the FBI provides to local and state law enforcement agencies. It is the goal of the FBI Citizens Academy to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.
The next FBI Salt Lake City Citizens Academy class will be hosted by the Boise Resident Agency on April 19-21, 2023 and April 26-29, 2023.
Nominations for the 2023 class may be submitted by past and/or present FBI employees, Citizens Academy graduates, or any individual wishing to nominate themselves. Individuals nominated must be in good standing in the community.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Selections of the final candidates for the 2023 class are to be determined by the field office.
At the conclusion of the program, graduates are encouraged to join their local FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter for the purpose of strengthening relationships and improving understanding between the FBI and the community. Graduates, while not official spokespersons for the FBI, may be called upon to share their understanding of the role of federal law enforcement, specifically the FBI.
The deadline for nomination form submissions is February 8, 2023.
Saving the Dark
Did you know that over 80% of Americans live under light polluted skies? Light pollution is increasing more than 6% per year in our larger cities. What is lost when we lose sight of the stars and disrupt the natural cycle of light and dark in our communities? Excessive and inappropriate lighting threatens our night sky heritage, disrupts our sleep patterns, endangers nocturnal habitats, wastes energy, and more.
You are invited to attend a free public screening of the film Saving the Dark on February 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM in BSU’s Education Building, Room 112 at 2133 W Cesar Chavez Lane. The event is hosted by Boise State University Physics Department, the Idaho Dark Sky Alliance, and the Oregon Outback Dark Sky Network. Saving the Dark is a beautiful and informative documentary film by film-maker Sriram Murali that explores the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution. Following the film there will be a short Q & A with a panel of regional experts to address dark sky topics related to local government, tourism, environmental, outdoor lighting and astronomy communities. The evening will close with a weather-dependent sidewalk stargazing event.
There are many environmental issues that affect our region where solutions are hard to come by. However, light pollution is one of the easiest environmental and health challenges to address through individual and community-based solutions. More awareness and effective leadership are the keys to help protect our remaining dark skies.
Working together we can reduce light pollution in our region. We hope to see you on February 3!
Bogus Basin announced today that 1,200 students will compete in the 2023 School Race Program. This marks the 64th year for the program, which begins Saturday, January 14 at the non-profit recreation area. Students representing 42 middle schools and 37 high schools from across the Treasure Valley will participate in fun and friendly ski and snowboard competitions over the next six weekends.
“We are looking forward to a great season and to increasing the number of students who participate in the races. Bogus Basin is excited to make the School Race Program’s 64th year a success.”
– John Foley, Coordinator, Bogus Basin School Race Program
Over the years, Bogus Basin has expanded the program to include downhill, freestyle and Nordic events for athletes of all levels; many students compete in multiple events. Participants are eligible for lift ticket and rental equipment discounts, and additional financial assistance is available for those who qualify. The program relies upon the support of over 150 volunteer advisors, most are school teachers who promote it at their schools and spend their Saturdays assisting with the races and other events, including the Snow Dance Party, and St. Luke’s helmet decorating contest.
Races are scheduled Saturdays in Bogus Basin’s Bitterroot Basin from January 14 through February 18. Students who participate in three or more races will be eligible to compete in the annual Dottie Clark Memorial Races, February 23 and 24.
KEYBANK MAKES $150,000 GRANT IN SUPPORT OF CREATE COMMON GOOD’S JOB SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM
Grant will support the organization’s Food Service Training and Job Placement program to provide assistance for Idaho adults with employment barriers
BOISE, ID — January 10, 2023 —KeyBank has awarded a $150,000 grant to Create Common Good (CCG), a non-profit organization that prepares at-risk adults in Idaho to be successful in food service careers. The KeyBank grant will allow Create Common Good to expand its ServSafe Training career-prep program to include certification and job placement assistance for inmates upon release.
Since 2008, Create Common Good has worked with Idaho populations facing economic hardships, helping bridge the gap between those with a desire to work and the community’s employment needs. The ServSafe Training program provides food service career training for Idaho Department of Corrections inmates to gain the confidence and skills needed for future employment.
“Create Common Good’s work, through programs like the ServSafe job training program, offers the confidence and training so desperately needed for our incarcerated populations to gain sustainable employment, escape poverty and hopefully reduce recidivism,” said Scott Schlange, president of KeyBank Idaho. “KeyBank is proud to support this valuable and much-needed community initiative, and we look forward to the program’s expansion.”
“The generous support of KeyBank Foundation will allow CCG to expand our Food Service training program to incarcerated individuals within Idaho’s correctional facilities,” said Cyn Dalton, CEO of Create Common Good. “It is our aim to reduce recidivism by assisting them with skill acquisition and job placement.”
Food created through the ServSafe Training program may also be distributed to Opportunity Zone, a program that serves food insecure families and children.
About Create Common Good
Create Common Good (CCG) has been training adults with barriers to employment for thirteen years: refugees, the nonchronic homeless, those with substance abuse or non-violent criminal histories, and/or mental health concerns. Our two-tiered program is eight weeks but can be extended for individual needs. Trainees learn proper food protocols including temperature control, sanitation, storage, and allergens. During the 150+ hours of classroom and kitchen instruction, the trainees also are evaluated and mentored in job soft skills: following instructions, teamwork, attendance, time management, resume building, mock interviews and peer interaction. Upon graduation, CCG will assist with applying for and securing employment.
KeyCorp's roots trace back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $190.1 billion at September 30, 2022. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,000 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.