Nampa Idaho


ICSC Recon 2013

Our Economic Development Director just attended ICSC Recon in Las Vegas. This annual event is the global convention for the shopping center industry and is attended by retailers and real estate professionals from around the world. Attendance was up this year with over 34,000 attendees. Steven Levitt, best-selling author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics was the keynote speaker.

In addition to the conference, we had 8 scheduled meetings with local and national brokers, developers and retailers and spoke to many others on the show floor. We met with the owners of the largest retail developments in Nampa including the Nampa Gateway Center, Treasure Valley Marketplace, and the Karcher Mall.

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Library Square Groundbreaking

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Library Square Groundbreaking yesterday. We celebrated the progress on the library project with over 300 people (including lots of kids!). The block was a sea of "Dig into Reading" balloons, miniature hardhats and gold shovels. Our partners at the Gardner Company and ESI helped us plan an exciting day.

We can't wait for the next big event- the grand opening in late 2014!

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We've recently had staff at the IAMC professional forum in Charleston (one of the #1 tourist destinations in the world, apparently!), as well as the IEDC Economic Development Institute in Oklahoma.

IAMC is the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives and economic developers. Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, some of the top leadership speakers in the world, opened the forum. And the inspiring closing keynote speech was given by Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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Library Square Progress

Progress on Library Square is moving quickly (as evidenced below!). The block is almost entirely cleared and the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 am

The final library site plan is below. We can hardly wait for the grand opening of the new library in late 2014.

Library Square block March 2013

Final Library Square Site Plan

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Paint the Box

Nampa's first utility box art wrap was completed and unveiled recently! The vinyl wrap is based on Helen Grainger Wilson's painting "Ole!" You can see the lovely art on the corner of 14th Ave and 2nd St. South in downtown Nampa.

This is the first box, made possible through CDBG funds and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. There are currently opportunities for local artists to submit their work for consideration.
"Paint the Box" is designed to enhance the community, both in commercial and residential areas, by adding works of art to the streetscapes. Artwork on traffic signal boxes function as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a safe, inclusive and interesting environment. The individual boxes may vary in theme and technique depending on the artist, but as the program is city-wide, "Paint the Box" will become a dynamic art installation in itself.

We're excited about this beautification effort in our Downtown. Find out more on the Paint the Box Facebook page.

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