Boiseans enjoy a variety of special events that celebrate the community's livability. They include Art in the Park, Kids for Art, Western Idaho State Fair, Boise Music Week, The Race to Robie Creek, Women’s Fitness Challenge, Beaux Arts Christmas Sale, and the Festival of Trees; as well as weekly summer events such as Alive after Five and The Capital City Market.
Art and cultural experiences are highly valued by Boiseans and include a resident ballet company, theater organizations such as the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Art Museum and many other arts associations. The Boise Art Museum was established in 1937 and holds 3,000 pieces. Boise State University’s Taco Bell Arena (which seats 12,833), the state-of-the-art Morrison Center, and the Bank of America Centre provide venues for entertainment.
The state of Idaho is reported to have the highest concentration of persons of Basque descent outside of their native region of Spain. Boise has also experienced a steady growth in the number of emigrating refugees, primarily from Bhutan, Burma, and Iraq.
Boise is the center of business and government activity within the State of Idaho, serving as the economic hub. The City provides financial, medical and commercial services for southern Idaho and portions of eastern Oregon.
Corporate headquarters of several major firms contribute to the Boise economy with a mix of business, technology, education, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government and the military and professional communities - all working together to provide stability and promise for more than 500,000 area residents.
Boise has two regional hospitals and extensive associated medical services, and is the center of the State’s governmental facilities, which comprise significant portions of the City's market value but are exempt from ad valorem taxation under Idaho Code. Also important to the city’s economy are the activities of the federal and state government including the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates fire fighting on public lands throughout the United States.
The Boise MSA is home to over 22,000 businesses including over a dozen corporate headquarters.
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Updated: 21st October, 2019 1:50 AM.