City and County officials from across the Treasure Valley are poised to meet with “Business Leaders” and the Chamber of Commerce for an annual gathering which gives attendees exclusive access to elected officials.
This group of cheerleaders strives for economic vitality in the Boise area. They have economic development teams, they push tourism and convention business, they work to attract businesses to locate in the area.
So WHY we ask, do they have their meeting at SUN VALLEY LODGE? It just doesn’t seem right to the GUARDIAN to boost the economy of Blaine County and Sun Valley when organizations like the Idaho Association of Assessors was able to meet at the Hilton in Eagle, and Boise is screaming for convention business.
The Ada County Commissioners took some lumps for going to Hawaii last year and it would seem awkward for ANY officials to weekend at the scenic mountain resort and schmooze with business leaders for three days.
This year’s conference theme is: “The Power of Choice; charting our economic, education and environment futures.” The meeting is set for April 30 for three days.
Promotions for the event claim to have “ several national and regional speakers who will review the choices we need to consider for our region in the future.”
It would seem to us that something as important as economy, education, and environment should be attended by as many local citizens as possible instead of holding it 150 miles away at a plush resort. But then again, it could cut face time between business LEADERS and government LEADERS if there were too many FOLLOWERS in the way.
This statement from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s office arrived after the story was posted.
“Mayor Bieter plans to attend the conference, as do four Council members (Jordan, Clegg, Eberle and Tibbs). Generally some City department heads also attend some or all of the conference.
It should be noted that this is not a City of Boise event; it is scheduled, planned and run by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, which invites local elected officials and others. The Mayor has found the conference to be quite productive. The Blueprint for Good Growth got its launch at the meeting two years ago.
Although the practice of conducting off-site retreats is standard in organizations of all sizes, Mayor Bieter does believe there’s merit to the idea of holding this meeting closer to home. Although planning for this year’s conference is done, the mayor intends to discuss the possibilities with Chamber leadership as they organize future conferences.
NOTE–Click on COMMENTS below for a view from a former Ada County Commissioner.
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