Boise

City Introduction • Boise is the capital of Idaho state • It is also Idaho’s largest city and the center of commerce and politics for the state1

Quick facts
Geographic Location Time Zone Boise is situated in a wide river valley at the foot of Rocky mountains, and can be reached from Seattle by air in about an hour and 30 minutes GMT -0700 Climate is tempered year-round by air from the Pacific Ocean, with three seasons: summer, autumn and winter. The annual average temperature is 10.5 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall is 30.7 cm and annual average snowfall is 54.1 cm 567,640 99 percent English Defense equipment manufacturing and related services, Forestry, Computer components / systems, Tourism

Key drivers for the city to emerge as a favorable IT-BPO destination
• Boise has a number of reputed education institutions, including the Boise State University that produce a technical talent pool • An incentive system and easy funding has promoted a large number of start-ups in Boise. This has helped create a culture of enterpreneurship and an injection of talent and ideas into the city • Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine named the city of Boise as the fourth best city in the country to “Live, Work and Play” for 20082 • Companies locating in Boise have the benefit of onshore operations combined with a lower cost of living compared with other cities in the US3.

Climate

Population1 Literacy rate2 Languages Major industries
Sources:

1 CIA 2006 2 CIA data for U.S. (literacy rates by city are not available)

Current IT-BPO scenario in the city
Key IT-BPO companies (Services offered)
Hewlett Packard (IT services)

Development of the current IT-BPO industry • Boise’s high tech4 industry started in the 1970s with companies like Hewlett Packard and Micron Technology setting up base in the city • The city plans to take advantage of the onshore trend taking place in the US now

Microsoft (IT services)

• Boise is building its software industry by encouraging start-ups and entrepreneurship • Microsoft acquired a local software development firm, ProClarity in 2006.

SCP Global Technologies (BPO services)

MobileDataforce (IT services – mobile software) Keynetics Inc. (R&D services)

Industry Profile – Size and Specifics • There are close to 34,081 high tech workers employed in Boise’s industry5 • The city is characterized by small and medium enterprises. According to the Idaho Department of Commerce, the Boise area has around 400 software and informationtechnology companies6 • Services offered from Boise include embedded software and firmware development.

Synoptek (IT services)

Sources: Company websites of Microsoft, Synoptek, Boise Valley Economic Partnership

1 City of Boise website http://www.cityofboise.org/CityGovernment/AboutBoise/ 2 City of Boise News Release http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Mayor/NewsReleases/2008/page30377.aspx These rankings are based on growth in population, jobs and income; overall cost of living and the number of quality jobs in technology, education, and professional and technical services 3 http://www.industrytoday.com/article_view.asp?ArticleID=F310

4 High-tech includes high-tech manufacturing, communications services, and software and computer-related services 5 Boise, Idaho: An Overview of the High-Technology Economy in the Treasure Valley. White Paper written by Heike Mayer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning Program, Virginia Tech - Alexandria Center (February 2008) 6 Idaho Department of Commerce http://idahosea.org/Member_Companies/

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