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Strong, Diverse Local Economy

Boise was voted #1 city for small business friendliness. (Business Wire, October 2017)

Boise is a great place to do business, as we can see in our ever-changing skyline and our diverse business community. City leaders and staff work closely with the community to ensure we maintain and advance our status as the employment center of choice for the region and the state. A sustainable business community has a diverse mix of industries and employers. We know that strong neighborhoods are served by local businesses, so we work hard to support entrepreneurs by expediting our permit processes and giving them access to the resources they need to succeed. Every day, we help to ensure that Boise has the human capital necessary for a growing and diversifying local economy.


Group of people working on laptops, sitting in couches and chairs.



Boiseans have always worked together to build a better future. In that collaborative spirit, the city joined with business leaders and community partners to launch a startup hub called Trailhead, a downtown space where entrepreneurs can connect to people and resources, explore new technologies, and create something all their own. Trailhead brings together a network of mentors, accomplished experts and founders with the passion to help Boise’s best ideas flourish. In 2017, Trailhead expanded and opened Trailhead North, which continues the services of entrepreneurial opportunity.

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Boise Codes

Jobs in computer science are a key contributor to a successful workforce. By 2020, computer occupations are projected to add 3.4 million new jobs across the United States (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)To meet this growing demand, the city, the Library!, and Trailhead have partnered on BoiseCodes, an innovative program that provides easily accessible opportunities to learn computer coding and helps make Boise a competitive tech community. This program provides coding education for all ages, builds a digitally literate workforce, helps to attract and retain businesses and a skilled workforce, and supports collaboration and innovation between industry and community.

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Young girl with father uses tablet computer to make small robots dance with her.


BMX bike rider launches himself up in air at Rhodes Skatepark.


X Games

Some of the world’s best extreme athletes came to compete at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise for the X Games Park Qualifier on June 9 and 10, 2017.

With over 10,000 people visiting the park over the two-day event, 60 athletes from all over the world  brought their family and friends to visit Boise, boosting the local economy and providing local vendors plenty of new business. As a testament to the initial success, Boise will again play host to a bigger and better X Games experience in 2018.

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Goal Areas: Safe and Secure Community, Healthy Community, Responsible Built Environment, Connected Community, Environmentally Sustainable Community, Strong, Diverse Local Economy, Creative and Informed Community