Economic and Community Engagement
University of Idaho Boise supports organizations and efforts that contribute to the economic, educational and community development in the region.
U of I Boise is engaged in fostering southwest Idaho communities’ sustainability, growth and PreK-16 educational access. We do this through teaching, research and outreach.
At U of I Boise, we are innovative, proactive, accessible and responsive to the public. We serve the region, the state, the nation and the world.
We want to serve you. Contact us to start our partnership today.
We support efforts and events that encourage economic development, entrepreneurship, innovation and STEM education.
Ask our Experts
Our faculty and experts work directly with non-profits and businesses — large and small, new or well-established — to facilitate growth and educate their workforce and leadership. Click the links or contact us to use our services.
- Community and Economic Development
U of I partners with businesses, industries, nonprofits, and communities to help them grow, thrive and expand. The Office of Economic Development helps achieve this by connecting you with the U of I's vast range of services, resources and expertise embedded in our campuses and research facilities throughout the state. We can help you navigate the breadth and depth of our university system to find the resources you need.
- Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
U of I College of Law third-year students assist business owners and entrepreneurs while attaining real-life experience handling transactional legal problems.
- Food Technology Center
U of I’s Food Technology Center in Caldwell offers business processing and educational assistance to aspiring food entrepreneurs and small-scale food processors. This Center has a licensed commercial kitchen and processing space to manufacture food products.
- Family Advocacy Center and Education Services (FACES) Clinic
U of I College of Law and FACES have partnered to provide free legal services to victims of domestic abuse referred from FACES to our new domestic violence experiential learning program.
- James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
The McClure Center is Idaho's most trusted and preeminent public policy research entity and it’s uniquely poised to serve as a convener of diverse stakeholders, and provide reliable, nonpartisan information on tough policy issues. Its collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to addressing society’s complex challenges sustains Senator McClure’s remarkable legacy.
- Vandal Solutions, College of Business and Economics
Vandal Solutions is a not-for-profit group that provides professional-quality marketing and advertising services to businesses. It allows students to develop real world business skills through project management, creative marketing and sales.
- Idaho Patent Pro Bono Program
The U of I College of Law Idaho Patent Pro Bono Program facilitates the placement of qualified Idaho inventors seeking advice about the patent process with volunteer attorneys who are qualified to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
- Business Process Center
This Center will help businesses in forming and executing strategy. Through process management, this will enable efficient organizational performance.
- U of I Extension Entrepreneurship Course
U of I Extension’s Dream Builder is a free online course that will teach entrepreneurs how to start or expand their business. The course is offered in English and Spanish. Participants work at their own pace to complete 15 online modules. In this course they will learn how to create and manage their business, marketing, bookkeeping and sales.
- Integrated Design Lab
The U of I Integrated Design Lab in Boise (IDL) is dedicated to the development of high performance energy efficient buildings in the Intermountain West. Those who utilize the resources available through the IDL will design and construct buildings that are more comfortable for people, require less energy to maintain and operate, and enhance the health and productivity of inhabitants.
- Northwest Knowledge Network, Office of Research and Development (ORED)
The Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) provides research data management and computing support for U of I researchers and their regional, national, and international collaborators. NKN operates as a partnership between ORED, U of I Information Technology Services, and the U of I Library.
Partner with Us
We are active in organizations that advocate for economic development, entrepreneurship, under-served populations and education, with an emphasis on STEM. Contact us if you are looking to partner with us:
- Boise Competes
- Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Boise Valley Economic Partnership
- City Club
- Discovery Center
- Educate Idaho Network
- English Learning Center
- Idaho Economic Development Association
- Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Idaho Non-Profit Center
- Idaho Technology Council
- LIV District
- Meridian Chamber of Commerce
- Neighbor’s United
- RISE - Treasure Valley Education Partnership
- STEM Action Center
- Women Business Center
We support efforts and events that encourage economic development, entrepreneurship, innovation and STEM education. Contact us if you are looking to partner with us:
- 3 Minute Thesis/3 Minute Masters
- Boise Start Up Week
- Capital City Public Market
- Economic Summit - Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Idaho Business Review Accomplished Under 40
- Idaho Coalition for Innovation
- Inspire Idaho
- TEDx Boise
- Together Treasure Valley
- STEM Day at U of I Boise
We collaborate with other organizations to bring to the Valley PreK-16 education, workforce development initiatives and professional programs. Contact us if you are looking to partner with us: