Boards, Committees, & Task Forces

Looking for a way to get more involved? The Boise Metro Chamber offers current members many opportunities to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community. It's a great way to build relationships and get more out of your membership. Our current volunteer task forces and committees are listed below.

Industry Boards

Food & Agricultural | Travel | Healthcare | Financial Services

Quarterly Meetings - Dates Vary

As a regional Chamber, we provide our members a voice by advocating for their business interests through our involvement in local, state, and federal government. To help the Chamber more accurately understand the needs and views of individual industries in the Treasure Valley, the Chamber has established four industry advisory boards.

The purpose of these boards is to convene a broad spectrum of interests across each industry. These boards provide business leaders with a means for sharing information, evaluating options, and recommending actions to the Chamber and greater community to help us become stronger, more effective advocates on issues related to each industry.  The advisory boards also provide educational opportunities focusing on issues relevant to businesses in the region.

Contact: Caroline Merritt | Director, Public Relations | 208.472.5221 | cmerritt@boisechamber.org

Committees & Councils

Education/Workforce Committee

The Education/Workforce Committee adopted the following mission statement:

"Southwest Idaho will be internationally recognized as the place where business, education, and government work together to develop a skilled, diverse, and responsive workforce that will enhance business profitability and build quality communities."

The committee's vision and strategy are supported by three main goals:

  1. Identify best practices by generating two-way dialogue between the education and the business communities.
  2. Promote relevance in education by forming partnerships between businesses and area educators.
  3. Advocate for educational policies that will result in an efficient and effective transfer of skills from the classroom to the workplace.

Contact: Ray Stark | Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events | 208.472.5225 | rstark@boisechamber.org

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee advocates to elected officials and government agencies to ensure the Chamber’s perspective on governmental issues is fully understood. Detailed research and analysis of issues is completed in the following ways:

  1. Analyzes state and federal issues including I.N.L., Mountain Home Air Force Base, and other significant issues.
  2. Analyzes local, state, and federal tax issues to ensure a positive business climate.
  3. Analyzes general local, state, and federal business issues that affect area organizations.
  4. Analyzes worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, health care, and other human resource issues.

Contact: Ray Stark | Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events | 208.472.5225 | rstark@boisechamber.org

Nonprofit Council

This council convenes nonprofit members to share best practices, network, and give input on Chamber programs and services geared to nonprofit members.
Contact: Caroline Merritt | Director, Public Relations | 208.472.5221 | cmerritt@boisechamber.org

Small Business Advisory Council

The Council provides strategic direction and hands-on program management to the programs and services of the small businesses of the Boise Chamber.
Contact: Caroline Merritt | Director, Public Relations | 208.472.5221 | cmerritt@boisechamber.org

Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee of the Chamber works to ensure that the Boise area has an efficient transportation system to facilitate our area’s economic development, by prioritizing projects needed to improve our area’s infrastructure.

The committee participates in the planning process of local, state, and federal agencies, and has positive working relationships with officials of the Boise Airport, Valley Regional Transit, the Ada County Highway District and the Idaho Transportation Department.
Contact: Ray Stark | Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events | 208.472.5225 | rstark@boisechamber.org

Additional Opportunities

Ambassador Program

Ambassadors assist the Chamber in retaining its membership, strengthen and enhance member involvement, and help the Chamber meet its members’ needs.
Contact: Caroline Merritt | Director, Public Relations | 208.472.5221 | cmerritt@boisechamber.org

Business Executives Roundtable

The purpose of this group is to provide a structured and confidential environment for business owners and executives to share best practices and work together to resolve their business challenges. The monthly meetings will each revolve around a theme, with a guest speaker at some meetings to lead and moderate the discussion. The group meets on the first Monday of every month at 12:00 p.m. at the Chamber for a brown-bag lunch meeting. Prospective members must be screened first by Roundtable members. One person per industry.
Contact: Caroline Merritt | Director, Public Relations | 208.472.5221 | cmerritt@boisechamber.org

Energy Task Force

The purpose of the Energy Task Force is to review and understand the region’s current and future power generation and transmission system in relation to reliability of service and the need for additional generation capacity for the economic health of the area. The committee will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Understand the current generation and delivery situation in Idaho and the region.
  2. Discuss the implications of the current situation on the business community.
  3. Propose and develop policy positions for the Chamber Board of Directors.

Contact: Ray Stark | Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events | 208.472.5225 | rstark@boisechamber.org

Leadership Boise Alumni Association

The Leadership Boise Alumni Association is comprised of graduates from the Leadership Boise program and is responsible for planning and implementing social, charitable, networking, and educational opportunities for Leadership Boise Alumnus.
Contact: Erin Cave | Senior Manager, Leadership & Marketing Communications | 208.472.5258 | ecave@boisechamber.org

 

Make Your Opinions Known
Business advocacy is a major part of what the Chamber does, and we value your opinions and input. If you have a business-related issue or concern, please contact:
Ray Stark | Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Events | 208.472.5225 | rstark@boisechamber.org