Corporate headquarters, health care, retail, finance highlight job opportunities.
Accolades for Meridian have arrived in bunches lately, including being named on Inc.’s list of Top U.S. Cities for Doing Business. Meridian made Forbes’ list of Top U.S. Cities to Start a High-Tech Firm as well as Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Business and Careers.
“Meridian is a community that is business-friendly, competitive and vibrant,â€ says Meridian Chamber of Commerce CEO Sean Evans. “Our healthy business climate, growing population and pro-business city government make Meridian a great place for business.”
Meridian’s economy is diverse, and that is evident when considering its list of headquarters. For example, Scentsy has a 73-acre campus where it manufactures more than 230,000 products a day infused with signature scents, including its hugely popular scented wax warmers. Others include Blue Cross of Idaho, Jacksons Food Stores, Specialty Construction Supply, Thomas Cuisine, and Harvey Performance Company, a manufacturer of precision-made carbide cutting tools.
Speaking of manufacturing, another interesting, forward-thinking company that is always looking for top talent is Computrol, which makes high-tech electronic products for customers ranging from the military, telecommunications, medical support, aerospace and computer peripherals. Computrol is highly regarded for providing customer support service for the lifetime of every item it manufactures and supplies.
Another significant sector here is retail, with a good selection of small businesses and a thriving downtown as well as The Village at Meridian, which includes many nationally known brands.
Health Care, Finance and Education
A large economic sector in Meridian is health care, with the two largest providers being St. Luke’s Health System and Saint Alphonsus Health System. St. Luke’s many assets include a 174-bed Meridian Medical Center that is a Magnet-designated hospital – the gold standard for nursing excellence – and the hospital features Idaho’s largest cardiac rehabilitation center. Saint Alphonsus operates the Meridian Health Plaza and Urgent Care campus.
The finance/insurance industry also has a strong presence here, led by companies such as AmeriBen and Citi Cards. Another success story is Paylocity, an HR and payroll solutions company whose Meridian headquarters building features conference rooms named after local areas or features, including Table Rock, Elk River and Sun Valley. Area artists also created pieces for the offices that showcase elements of Treasure Valley culture.
Last, but certainly not least, education is huge in Meridian: The West Ada School District, with its 40,000 students, is the largest school system in Idaho. Quality teachers are always in demand within the district, and interesting places to teach include four arts-based and four STEM-based elementary schools, two arts-based middle schools, and the Idaho Fine Arts Academy.
West Ada School District also has three technical centers that offer 54 career strands, with top teachers instructing students in hot-button subjects for today’s world, such as engineering, law enforcement, computer programming and culinary arts.