BoiseDev, SW Idaho’s only locally-owned commercial news source, is launching two initiatives as it expands in 2020.
Coming in April, BoiseDev will host its first major event – a happy hour and conversation with former Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. The event, hosted and presented by SERVPRO of Boise/Meridian, will feature an intimate discussion with the long-time mayor on her views on the future of Meridian and the valley. We’ll also ask her what’s next after her 16 years in elected office.
The event will feature hosted appetizers, Idaho wine, and beer, as well as a meet-and-greet.
“Since launching BoiseDev, I’ve wanted to put together events aligned with the work we produce on BoiseDev,” BoiseDev Publisher Don Day said. “Sitting down for a conversation with a community leader who still has a lot to say about our growing valley fits that mission perfectly.”
The event will be held Tuesday, April 21st from 4:30-6pm at SERVPRO of Boise/Meridian on Eagle Rd. in Meridian.
Tickets are now on sale – but only 50 are available and are already going quickly thanks to a members-only presale. BoiseDev will donate a portion of every ticket sold to the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Earlier this year, BoiseDev quietly launched “GetLocal,” an expanded focus on the small and medium-sized businesses that make up a sustainable part of SW Idaho’s economy.
“I’m a small business owner in SW Idaho, and I try to put my dollars towards other local businesses whenever I can,” Day said. “I think the growing spotlight that BoiseDev provides can help other businesses grow and flourish. This truly puts the local in local news.”
GetLocal stories will primarily focus on new retail and food businesses – places where Idahoans can spend their money locally.
“We’ll still tell you when the McDonald’s around the corner is getting a facelift or the latest in Shopko saga, of course. GetLocal helps pull together those more organic stories in a place where you can find them and try something new.”
BoiseDev launched informally in 2016 and went full-time in 2018. The site grows each month, with more users, members, and sponsors. It quickly became one of the most-trafficked local news sites, and its unique business model has been profiled across the industry.