Leadership Boise Learns About Environment & Infrastructure at November Session

Leadership Boise's November session was held yesterday, November 12 at the University of Idaho Water Center. Entitled "Building Infrastructure Today for a Better Tomorrow", the session featured discussions of the purpose and function of many agencies and organizations responsible for the development of infrastructure and how community leaders cooperate to encourage growth in a managed and sustainable way.

Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast together before listening to several presentations. The session opened with an overview of the Idaho Boise Water Center facility from Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Director of the Integrated Design Lab of the Community Sustainability and Design Department. The Chamber's Senior Vice President, Ray Stark (pictured), gave the keynote address following Dr. Wymelenberg's presentation and shared his thoughts on why infrastructure is essential. Afterwards, representatives from several organizations discussed key issues facing our transportation system. The morning's final event was a Utilities 101 panel of local utility experts who discussed how each of their organizations contribute to the local infrastructure. 

Shortly after enjoying a catered lunch from Berryhill, Leadership Boise participants divided into two groups to take tours of Micron and Lucky Peak Dam. Both locations are well-known institutions in the Treasure Valley, and important examples of infrastructure from both the public and private sector. Transportation to both Micron and Lucky Peak was provided by ACHD Commuteride and Boise Shuttle service. 

The Infrastructure/Environment session concluded with a delightful social hour at the Melting Pot, where LB participants enjoyed refreshments, won prizes, and recapped a busy, successful November session.