Chamber CEO Bill Connors, Idaho Leaders Lobby For The Idaho Air National Guard

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, and Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President Bill Connors held a press conference Thursday, Feb. 19, to discuss their lobbying effort with Secretary James to secure a new flying mission for the Idaho Air National Guard. Several elected officials, business owners, and community members have spent the past two days showing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James why the Idaho Air National Guard shoudl be based in Boise. James flew in from the Pentagon to evaulate options for Gowen Field ahead of the impending retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet planes.

For the local media's coverage of the press conference,  read more at Boise Weekly , Idaho Statesman, and Boise State Public Radio.

Click here to access the Gowen Strong campaign's website and learn more about how securing a new flying mission for the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field following the retirement of the A-10s will save thousands of Idaho jobs and strengthen our state's economy.


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