Regional Overview

Southwestern Idaho’s Boise Metro is comprised of more than a half dozen fast-growing communities, including Boise, the state capital and third largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Once a hub for extraction industries, the Boise Metro has blossomed into a center for high tech, agribusiness, food processing, shared services, manufacturing, state government and other thriving industries. 

Click here or on the photo below to download BVEP's Regional Overview Brochure.


The Metro's rich history of business success—often a surprise to newcomers—includes giants like Micron Technology, Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet division, Albertsons grocery stores, Morrison Knudsen Company (now URS), and the J.R. Simplot Company, among others. You'll find that the same advantages that helped these companies excel still exist here today:

  • Low cost of doing business and low cost of living
  • Pro-business climate that welcomes and supports you
  • An ample, highly trained workforce epitomized by a "can do" attitude
  • Extraordinary quality of life for attracting and retaining talent
  • An infrastructure of talent and expertise from a legacy of large corporate headquarters

It's no surprise that these qualities captured the attention of companies like Microsoft, parts of which now call the Boise Metro home. Nor are they a secret to national publications like the Wall Street Journal, Kiplingers, Forbes and others who rank the Boise Metro in their Top 10 lists of places to live and start a business.

We invite you to come visit the Boise Metro for yourself. We think you'll see the same thing visionaries like J.R. Simplot and Harry Morrison recognized long ago: Big ideas grow here.  Don't just take our word for it, listen to first-hand accounts from six people who live an thrive in the Boise Metro through the link below:


The City of Boise recently celebrated its 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial).  To commemorate the occasion, the Boise Arts and History Department put together a virtual tour of 25 locations that showcase the last 150 years of history and culture that make Boise unique.  Take a few minutes to walk through the streets of Boise by clicking here.

Bill Whitacre, President and CEO, J.R. Simplot Company
In so many other places, you feel like there’s literally a wet blanket thrown over potential opportunities; you don’t get that feeling in Idaho and particularly in the Boise Valley. Government leaders at all levels are here to assist, not hinder, the growth of business and jobs.  You're wanted here.” Read on.>>

To learn more about the Boise Metro, read the latest Boise Valley Spotlight, a publication from the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Lisa Holland
Marketing & Content Manager
Mobile: 208-340-6990
Phone: 208-472-5229
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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