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Achievements by Treasure Valley companies: July-August 2016

Preschool takes root in Boise’s Vista neighborhood

Sixty preschoolers from the Vista Neighborhood get a jump on kindergarten in November 2015 through the Energize Our Neighborhoods Pre-K project, a partnership of the city of Boise, the Boise School District and others. The project earned Boise a C
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Sixty preschoolers from the Vista Neighborhood get a jump on kindergarten in November 2015 through the Energize Our Neighborhoods Pre-K project, a partnership of the city of Boise, the Boise School District and others. The project earned Boise a C

Advertising & Marketing

Peppershock Media has moved its studio and office to a new location in downtown Nampa at 1215 3rd St. S. Peppershock plans to host an open house and ribbon cutting in October.

Associations

The Association of Idaho Cities has recognized the cities of Boise, Meridian and Garden City with City Achievement Awards.

Boise was recognized in the Youth Category for its Energize Our Neighborhoods Pre-K project, a partnership with the Boise School District and others to provide preschool in the Vista neighborhood.

Meridian was recognized in the Economic & Community Development Category for the Meridian Heights Water & Sewer District Agreement, which transferred utility systems for Meridian Heights and Kentucky Ridge subdivisions from a special district to the city, improving service delivery and fostering future growth.

Garden City was recognized in the Transportation Category for its Boise River Bike & Pedestrian Bridge project, which built a new bridge over the river linking trails on the north and south sides.

Banking

Idaho Independent Bank has been named one of 2016’s “Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America” by DepositAccounts.com. Of 6,199 federally insured banks in the country, IIB is one of 68 that made the list for two straight years.

Engineering

Seattle’s Parametrix civil-engineering firm has merged with Spokane’s Taylor Engineering Inc., expanding Parametrix’s capabilities in the Intermountain Region, including a permanent presence in Coeur d’Alene. The Spokane, Pullman and Coeur d’Alene offices of Parametrix will become part of the firm’s Intermountain operations managed by Vice President Doug Camenisch in Boise.

Government

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has received accreditation from the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

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Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, awarded the Idaho Commerce Department a 2016 Silver Shovel Award for driving job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers, and investments in expanded facilities.

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18 Summers, the Idaho Department of Commerce’s summer tourism-advertising campaign, earned an Effie award in the Travel & Tourism category. Jenny Myers, vice president of creative and executive creative director at Boise’s Drake Cooper agency, accepted the award.

Health Care

West Valley Medical Center was named to the 2016 “100 Great Community Hospitals” list by Becker’s Hospital Review. The Caldwell hospital is the only one in Idaho on the list.

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ZenSpot’s Eastern Wellness Clinic has opened its doors on the Central Bench at 913 S. Latah St. in Boise in Boise. The clinic offers a complement and an alternative to traditional western medicine.

Hospitality & Tourism

Area Hampton by Hilton hotels have been awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence. The Hampton Inn Boise — Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites Boise Spectrum and Hampton Inn & Suites Mountain Home received the award.

Real Estate

Boise’s House of Brokers HomeTeam has merged with Lysi Bishop Real Estate. Chris Hansen, longtime owner of House of Brokers, joined Lysi Bishop earlier this year as a buyer specialist.

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Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate has been honored with the 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. The award is part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Commercial Property Executive/Multi-Housing News has ranked Lee & Associates, which has an office in Boise, No. 2 in its 2016 rankings of top brokerage firms in the United States. The ranking, according to the publication, is a weighted formula based on factors including firm performance in 2015 and over time, investment sales, leasing activity and multiyear growth.

Restaurants

The Treasure Valley McDonald’s restaurants celebrated 55 years of serving Idaho. The first McDonald’s restaurant in Idaho opened on June 13, 1961. Members of the community, business partners and customers joined the Darmody family, owners of the local McDonald’s restaurants, in celebrating this milestone.

Retail

Stinker Stores Inc., a privately family owned company since 1936, turned 80 years old June 25. Stinker was founded in Twin Falls and is now headquartered in Boise with two affiliated companies, ArrowRock Supply and WestPoint Transportation. Charley and Nancy Jones own and operate the business. Stinker has 63 locations across Idaho.

Services

Damsel in Defense, a Boise company that offers personal protection products for women, received the 2016 Direct Selling Association Rising Star Award. Cofounders Mindy Lin and Bethany Hughes accepted the award. Damsel in Defense was founded in 2011 and has expanded its reach to 14,000 independent “Damsel Pros” across the country.

Technology

Boise’s Customer Perception Insights is offering a new platform for other companies to gather customer information via surveys before they have left a store or event. Using a fixed tablet, business owners can set up surveys with six to 10 questions. Customer Perception Insights is owned by Lorraine Bowring, lorraine@cpinsights.com.

This roundup appears in the July 20-Aug. 16, 2016 edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the daily Statesman e-edition, including Business Insider (subscription required).

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