When state officials gather later this week for what they promise will be a big announcement, they'll unveil plans for a multimillion-dollar expansion of SkyWest, which could bring in as many as 100 new jobs.
Earlier this summer, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced that the city was in the running for a new regional SkyWest maintenance building at the Boise Airport, which could translate to a $20 million to $30 million construction investment.
SkyWest is a regional provider for Alaska, Delta and United airlines out of the Boise Airport and has a total 334 aircraft in its entire fleet.
And now, internal city documents indicate that SkyWest has designs to indeed build a new aircraft maintenance hangar building off of Gowen Road, totaling nearly 150,000 square feet. While the Boise-based McAlvain Construction Company secures conditional use permits for the hangar, the Boise Airport is moving forward with review from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The site of the new operation is a 45-acre parcel that is currently undeveloped.
"This is exciting news for our local economy," Bieter told the public in his July State of the City address. "And it's further evidence of the importance of Boise Airport in driving job expansion and new investment in our community."
A big part of the deal is a new sweetheart tax deal—approved earlier this year by the Idaho Legislature—that cuts the tax bill to any company that will bring in at least 50 new jobs to an urban area. And that would apply to out-of-state companies, including SkyWest.