Boise is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho.The area was called Boise long before the establishment of Fort Boise.Several recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown.
The city of Boise is the headquarters for several major companies. They include Boise Cascade LLC, New Albertsons Inc., Albertsons LLC, J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, Idaho Timber, WinCo Foods, Bodybuilding.com, and Clearwater Analytics. Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities present. The state government is also one of the city's largest employers.The investment in technology and the high-tech industry have become increasingly important to the city, with businesses including Hewlett Packard, Healthwise, Bodybuilding.com, Crucial.com, MobileDataForce, MarkMonitor, Sybase, Balihoo.com, Intracon NA, Wire-stone.com and Microsoft. The call center industry is also a major source of employment.