Economic Development

Boise Competes

Boise, Idaho is a vibrant, enduring, values-driven economy. Boise Competes is our economic development promise to you. It means, we’re working hard every day to make our city the best it can be. Our goal: align resources with opportunities to ensure Boise’s economy remains lasting, innovative and vibrant for years to come.


#1 City for Small Business Friendliness
WalletHub | July 2017

Boise, Idaho is a singular economy not dominated or defined by a specific industry or niche market. By intentional design, our capital city stands out in the state and in the region for its diversity of talented workforce as well as our enviable mix of manufacturing, high tech, agribusiness, startup and international brands transformed by innovative business thinkers and doers.

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#3 Best-Run Cities in America
Business Wire | October 2017

Boise, Idaho delivers because it has a perfect mix of amenities and resources. And we intentionally cultivate this business environment so it benefits everyone. From work to play and everything in between, Boise competes. Our economic development efforts are focused on sustainable infrastructure, partnerships and decisions that protect and preserve the values that drive our vibrant economy and our singular lifestyle.

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#12 Best Place to Live
US News & World Report | February 2017

Boise, Idaho is grounded in respect for our resources and delivers a spirit of can-do innovation. Part of Boise’s attraction (and our powerful retention) is the way new people, ideas and efforts take root and thrive here. This “anything’s possible” feeling means our future of “found nowhere else” opportunities could be written by best and brightest talent like you.

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  • 75% of Boise's workforce has some college education.
  • 38% of Boise's residents have a B.A. or higher.
  • 45% of Boise's in-migration have a B.A. or higher.
  • 75% of new residents are 34 or younger.

Hi-Tech City

  • 20% of Boise's workers hold a STEM degree.
  • Average $450 per worker for R&D Investment.
  • 23,000 workers in advances industries.

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