The Economic Advisory Council was established under Idaho Code 67-4704. The Council’s main purpose is to advise the Governor and Idaho Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state.

The council also makes recommendations to the Governor on applications for Community Development and Rural Community Block Grant funding, and reviews Industrial Revenue Bond allocations.

In addition, Council members advise their regions on economic development opportunities and represent their interests to state government. The Council consists of seven members, appointed by the Governor, with one member appointed from each of the state’s six economic development regions and one member appointed at-large. Members serve three year terms and can be reappointed.

Economic Advisory Council Members (click image for bio)

  • Steve Meyer

    Steve Meyer
    Region I

    Mr. Meyer lives in Hayden Lake and started Parkwood Business Properties, a commercial real estate development firm in Coeur d’Alene, in 1975. In 1979, he was a founder of Advanced Input Devices and served as the Chairman of the Board through 1993. Currently, Mr. Meyer serves on the Board of the North Idaho College Foundation and the Board of Directors of Mountain West Bank. In 2012, Idaho Smart Growth awarded Mr. Meyer the Charles Hummel Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Robin Woods

    Robin Woods
    Region II

    Ms. Robin Woods is co-owner and president of Alturas Analytics, Inc., a pharmaceutical testing laboratory located in Moscow, Idaho. With an entrepreneurial spirit spanning more than 20 years, she has also started two other testing labs in Washington and Idaho, both of which specialize in environmental analyses. Currently, Ms. Woods serves as the president of the Latah Economic Development Council, the board secretary/treasurer of Gritman Medical Center and president of the Idaho Research Foundation. Ms. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University and lives in Moscow.

  • Mick Wiskerchen

    Mick Wiskerchen
    Region III

    Mr. Wiskerchen is currently at Micron Technology, as an Executive IS Business Partner of Worldwide Sales, Supply Chain and Corporate Affairs and part of their executive leadership team. He brings more than 20 years of broad industry and technical expertise from the previous executive positions he has held in international sales and marketing, business development / strategy, global operations, worldwide solutions integrator and as a senior consultant. Prior to joining Micron in 2007, Mr. Wiskerchen was part of several Fortune 100/500 companies and successful startups including Who’s Calling, Vista Capital, AT&T Wireless and Boeing. Mr. Wiskerchen holds a BA in Industrial Technology from Washington State University and MBA from City University in Seattle, Washington. He currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is active in his community. He co-founded the Treasure Valley CFO Forum and currently holds positions as a member of the Board of AgriTech; Entrepreneur Mentor of B-Launch; Ex-Chairperson of the Technology Board TAC, College of Western Idaho; and Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Boise Valley Economic Partnership and Executive Board Member – Boise Chamber of Commerce.

  • John Craner

    John Craner
    Region IV

    Mr. Craner has spent his entire 36 year banking career in Southern Idaho. He began his career as a teller with Idaho First National Bank in Pocatello while earning his degree in Finance from Idaho State University. His experience includes consumer, small business, agricultural and commercial lending, Branch Management and now he serves as a Regional Sales Manager for Zions Bank. In his current position he is responsible for the service, product delivery and employee development in 12 offices of Zions Bank in Eastern Idaho. Originally from Buhl, he and his wife Debi now live in Burley where he also serves on the City Council. His personal interests include travel, community theatre, history and his 3 children and 12 grandchildren.

  • Arlen Wittrock

    Arlen Wittrock
    Region V
    (Chairman)

    Mr. Wittrock serves as the Region 5 Representative and is a Public Affairs and Communications Consultant with ON Semiconductor in Pocatello. He has over 30 years of business experience and is a former teacher, education professional and Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Arlen Erdahl. As a dedicated civic leader, he currently serves on the boards of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce, Bannock Development Corporation and the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho. He holds both Master and Bachelor degrees in Political Science and lives in Pocatello. Arlen is a married to his wife, Yvonne, and they have two sons

  • Mark S. Young

    Mark S. Young
    Region VI

    Mark S. Young is a branch manager and registered principal with Raymond James Financial Services (an independent broker/dealer). He has 30 years of business experience in the securities industry, beginning as a registered representative for Piper Jaffray & Hopwood. He is a native of Rigby, Idaho and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in economics from Idaho State University. Throughout his career, he has provided services to individual clients, business, and nonprofit organizations, helping them organize and plan for their financial futures. Mark has two sons, both veterans who served in Iraq.

  • Gina Knudson

    Gina Knudson
    Region VII

    Gina Knudson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Salmon Valley Stewardship in Salmon, Idaho. A native of Mountain Home, Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Gina has 25 years of experience working in marketing, journalism and non-profit organizations. She and her husband Jeff are parents to two teenage children, Carly and Ty.

  • Margaret Watson

    Margaret Watson
    At Large
    (Vice Chair)

    Mrs. Watson is Co-Owner of the J.C. Watson Company in Parma. As a former Mayor, Parma City Council President and Special Education Teacher, Mrs. Watson is dedicated to public service. She is one of the founders of the Treasure valley Agriculture Coalition, sits on the Teach Idaho Advisory Board and is a former Parma Chamber of Commerce Board Member and President. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Special Education and History from the University of Idaho and is the parent of two children and grandparent of one along with her husband, Jon.