Boise’s Economy

According to the State of Idaho, Department of Commerce, Idaho is teeming with opportunities for business. Did you know that Idaho is ranked 9th in the nation of top states for business by Forbes and 10th for our economic climate? Boise, our capital city, is ranked the 9th best city in the nation for business and careers.

micron-2-150x150The area’s largest private employer publicly traded and headquartered company in Boise is Micron Technology (NYSE: MU).

Others include:

  • IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: ida)
  • The parent company of Idaho Power, Idaho Bancorp (NYSE: IDA)
  • Boise, Inc. (NYSE: BZ)
  • American Ecology Corp. (NASDAQ: ECOL)
  • Syringa Bancorp

Boise is the headquarters for several major companies:

  • URS Corp
  • Washington Division (formerly Washington Group International, formerly Morrison-Knudsen)
  • Boise Cascade LLC
  • New Albertsons Inc.
  • Albertsons LLC
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Idaho Pacific Lumber Company
  • Idaho Timber
  • WinCo Foods

Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities present. The state government is also one of the city’s largest employers.

Technology investment and the high-tech industry have become increasingly important to the city, with businesses including,, MobileDataForce, MarkMonitor, Sybase, and Microsoft. The call center industry is also a major source of employment; there are over 20 call centers in the city employing more than 7,000 people, including WDS Global, EDS, Teleperformance, DIRECTV and T-Mobile.

Varney Air Service, founded by Walter Varney, was formed in Boise, though headquarted at Pasco, Washington. The original air mail contract was from Pasco to Elko, Nevada with stops in Boise in both directions. The company is the root of present day United Airlines, which still serves the city at the newly renovated and upgraded Boise Airport.