Seems that lobbyists, economic development people, and even elected officials couldn’t get the job done. Now Team Dave has hired a guy to “market the city,” according to a story in the Daily Paper.
Ross Borden has been hired full time to “help forge better relationships with local leaders and push the city’s agenda in the Idaho Legislature,” says the story in Tuesday’s Statesman. The city lost on most of the major “agenda pushes” in the past session.
Anyone know how much return the locals got on their investment in that big puff piece in the United Airline mag last year?
Given the track record of the city leaders in “forging relationships” and working on “intergovernmental affairs,” it makes sense to hire a salesman.
After last year’s annual confab at Sun Valley spending taxpayer dollars for travel to be sequestered with Chamber of Commerce types for the “feel good” Blue Print For Growth, local politicos are headed back for a repeat performance.
Lot of good it has done. Nampa, Boise, Valley Ride, Eagle, Star, and COMPASS, all seem to be about as likely to agree as the Israelis and Hammas. What a waste of time, effort and citizen’s hard earned cash!
Looks like the city salesman will make up to $57,000 a year. He is currently a “special assistant” to Dr. Bob at BSU. Meanwhile Boise will still have the contract with the Gallatin Group and association memberships to influence lawmakers.
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