Costco is celebrating its 35th anniversary in the Treasure Valley this year! Along with a Chamber ribbon cutting earlier in the year, last night Costco sponsored a fun Business After Hours Tradeshow at the Boise Metro Chamber. Among the vendors were:
Boise Metro Chamber's 30th Annual Leadership Conference Focused on Transportation and Mobility in Idaho
The April 2023 Leadership Conference was a highly anticipated event, bringing together key decision-makers and stakeholders in transportation from across Idaho. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the conference. Hosted in the beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho the conference focused on the theme "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Mobility in Idaho." The conference brought together mayors from the Treasure Valley, Idaho's Governor, commissioners, city council members, other elected officials, regional CEOs, and stakeholders in transportation.
The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists who shared their insights on various transportation-related topics. The presentations included "Advanced Air Mobility," which explored the exciting possibilities of drone technology and its impact on transportation, "Reinvesting Idaho's Tax Dollars: How IIJA Can Build the Infrastructure Needs of Today," which discussed the potential for infrastructure investments to boost economic growth, "Bringing Back the Pioneer Line," which looked at the potential for reviving a historic passenger train line to unite communities across Idaho to Salt Lake, and "Connecting our Communities: Regional Collaboration for Transportation," which focused on the importance of cooperation between different regions to create a more efficient transportation network.
Another important presentation was "Passenger Rail in a Growth Mode' Bringing More Trains to More People,'" which discussed the potential for expanding passenger rail services across Idaho to provide more affordable and environmentally friendly travel options for residents. "Engineers and Builders" provided insights into the technical challenges of transportation infrastructure development, while "Boise Airport - Growing in Pace with Our Community" explored the importance of expanding the airport and its services to maintain efficiency for our growing region.
Speakers and Panelists included:
The conference's presenting sponsor was Republic Services, a waste management company committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Alaska Airlines was the MVP sponsor, reflecting its commitment to safe and efficient air travel. Other sponsors included Adler Industrial, Boise Metro Chamber Foundation, the Executive MBA program at Boise State University, Colliers, Intermountain Gas Company, St. Luke's, and Western Peaks Logistics. Co-sponsors included Albertsons, Bank of Idaho, Boise Airport, Brighton, Capital City Development Corp, Cushing Terrell, Gardner, Harris CPAs, Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors, HC Company, HUB, Micron, Oppenheimer Companies Inc, Regence, University of Idaho in Boise, and Washington Trust Banks.
The Boise Metro Chamber's Leadership Conference was an excellent opportunity for attendees to network, exchange ideas, and explore new possibilities for transportation infrastructure development in Idaho. It highlighted the importance of cooperation between different regions and stakeholders in creating an efficient and sustainable transportation network. The speakers and panelists provided valuable insights and recommendations that could inform future policy decisions and investments in transportation infrastructure.
The April 2023 Leadership Conference was a resounding success, bringing together key decision-makers and stakeholders in transportation across Idaho. The presentations and discussions highlighted the importance of cooperation, sustainability, and innovation. The sponsors and co-sponsors demonstrated their commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure development in Idaho. As always, the event provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas and explore new possibilities for the future.
Our very own Bill Connors and Sierra White were recently announced as honorees of two prestigious awards given by the Idaho Business Review!
Bill Connors to Receive Icon Award
Connors, President and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber for 14+ years is one of ten leaders nominated for the 2023 Icon Awards. He has been a strong voice for business’ in Idaho, and has led the way in projects to bring commerce to Idaho. He is set to enjoy a much deserved retirement at the end of 2023.
The award is bestowed on Idaho icons, 50 and older, who have helped grow Idaho’s business communities, as well as represent a legacy. Nominees constitute dedication, passion, and accomplishment for their communities. They are pioneers of innovative business within Idaho’s community.
Sierra White to Receive an Accomplished Under 40 Award
Additionally, Boise Valley Economic Partnership's (BVEP) Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sierra White, was nominated for Accomplished Under 40! The AU40 awards program honors those in the industry, government, and non-profit sectors who are leaders of today. To be considered for this award, honorees must be nominated by the community as a whole. Then, they are judged on their personal background, resume, letters of recommendations, professional achievements, innovative leadership, and community service.
About the Event Ceremony
Both awards will be celebrated during a single ceremony which unites the generations. It will be held at the Boise Center on June 15th, 2023 at 5:30pm. Tickets for the event are available on the IBR website.