In Idaho, we have world-class rivers, and mountains, and desert terrains that rival anywhere on Earth for outdoor recreation and stunning majestic beauty. We also have a thriving economy with a steadfast workforce and innovations coming out of every industry sector ranging from food production to technology and aerospace. We are truly fortunate to live in a state that is both beautiful and robust. But one advantage that we have in Idaho above many other states in the U.S. is the visible support from our highest elected officials because they truly care about advancing our economy. I am honored to work alongside esteemed professionals like Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and U.S. Senator Jim Risch, among so many others.
In case you missed it, we have had a busy past couple weeks. I joined Governor Otter at the Paris Air Show is France, while Lt. Governor led a team of Idahoans to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. The groups that attended these shows consisted of our Idaho Commerce team, representatives from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, including Director Celia Gould, the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State Senator Kelly Anthon, and several economic development professionals from across the state in various sectors. The remarkable thing to me, is the amount time, effort, and enthusiasm that both Governor Otter and Lt. Governor Little invested and devoted to these missions. Their visibility at these shows was notable among several people across the spectrum – including show attendees, companies, neighboring states, and U.S. officials. I am humbled by our leadership’s diligence to the cause of furthering Idaho’s economy, and I am thankful for being a small state with active and engaged elected officials who support our efforts right down to the 13 hour travel days and beyond chaotic meeting schedules.
So – on behalf of Idaho Commerce and the State of Idaho – Thank you, Governor Otter and Lt. Governor Little, for walking alongside all Idahoans for a better economic future.