Meet the Economic Advisory Council

The purpose of the Economic Advisory Council 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 Tax Reimbursement Incentive applications. Additionally, 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 seven economic development regions, and one member appointed at-large. Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed.

  • Steve Meyer

    Jeremy Grimm
    Region I

    For the past twenty years, Jeremy has worked in the private and public sectors to lead planning and development initiatives in small towns across the Intermountain West. For nearly a decade, he served as the planning and community development director for the City of Sandpoint where he worked to spur economic development and job growth by securing public grants and working on capital improvement programs.

    Throughout his career Jeremy has held appointed positions on the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Board, Panhandle Area Council, Wyoming Water Association, Big Horn Mountain Coalition (EDD) and most recently served on Governor Butch Otter’s 2017 Workforce Development Taskforce. Since 2007, Jeremy has raised his two children in Sandpoint, Idaho with his wife, Nichole, an independent Family Nurse Practitioner.

    Today Jeremy owns Whiskey Rock Planning, a land-use planning and economic development consulting firm specializing in place-based economic development strategies, comprehensive and strategic planning, site permitting, entitlements and code compliance. Clients include municipalities, highway districts, and both commercial and residential developers. Jeremy is a 1995 graduate of the University of Denver (BA, Geomorphology) and a 2004 graduate of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service (MA, Community Planning & Development).

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  • Paul Kimmel

    Paul Kimmell
    Region II

    Paul J. Kimmell is the Palouse area regional business manager with Avista Corporation. He holds a BS in Geography/Urban Planning from Illinois State University and did graduate work at the University of Idaho in the College of Mines.

    Kimmell has held positions with Boise Cascade Corporation, Wyoming State Land Office and was Chief Title Officer with Security Title of Baltimore in Colorado Springs. Kimmell also served as North Idaho Regional Director for the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, Executive Director of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and was a three-term Latah County commissioner from 1999 to 2007. Kimmell was elected president of the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks in 2004, chaired the Idaho Cities and Counties Taskforce and recognized as Idaho’s Outstanding County Official in 2006.

    He currently serves as board member to the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, Pullman-Moscow Airport Board, Latah Economic Development Council, Inland Northwest Community Foundation’s North Idaho Partnership Council and chairman of the Inland Northwest Partners and the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance. He also is in his third term as chair of the Avista Employees for Effective Government PAC. Kimmell resides with his wife Constance on the family farm near Viola, Idaho.

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  • Mike Reynoldson

    Mike Reynoldson
    Chair – Region III

    Mike Reynoldson is the Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Blue Cross of Idaho, based in Meridian, Idaho. Reynoldson has 24 years of experience as a public policy and political professional and previously served in similar positions for both Micron Technology, Inc. and Qwest Communications based in Idaho.

    Reynoldson grew up in Parma, Idaho and graduated from Boise State University in 1990 with a degree in Marketing.

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  • John Craner

    Randy Bauscher
    Region IV

    Randy Bauscher grew up on a cattle ranch in Fairfield, Idaho. He graduated from Boise State University in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration. Randy went to work as manager of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in St. Maries, Idaho for a couple years and transferred to the office in Rupert, Idaho. He then went to work as the manager of Mart Grain Company in 1986 and started farming on the side. Farming outgrew the day job after a couple years, and now Randy is presently farming potatoes, sugar beets, corn, barley, alfalfa, and beans. Over the years he has served on numerous boards, civic and political organizations and was the past chairman of the Idaho Potato Commission.

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  • Rick Phillips

    Rick Phillips
    Vice Chair – Region V

    Rick Phillips, lives in Pocatello and has worked as public affairs manager for Simplot’s AgriBusiness Group since 1990. A native of rural Franklin County, Phillips was raised on a Dairy Farm and attended Utah State University, obtaining degrees in Agriculture Economics and Journalism. Previous to Simplot, Phillips worked as an ag banker in Eastern Idaho, and as Assistant to the Director for Idaho’s Department of Agriculture. He is active in civic and community leadership having served as chair of the Red Cross Chapter of Greater Idaho and as District Governor for Rotary International. He currently serves on the boards of the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, St. Luke’s Children’s Advisory Board, Eastern Idaho Ag Hall of Fame, Bannock Development Corp, Great Rift Business Development Organization and is founding chair of the YOURFIT Technology Career initiative in Eastern Idaho.

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  • Donna O’Kelly
    Region VI

    Donna O’Kelly lives in Idaho Falls and is the director of the Analytical Research Laboratory at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. She has more than 30 years of experience in nuclear and analytical chemistry at academic and government laboratories. She serves as the co-president of Women in Leadership at INL and is a board member for Hospice of Eastern Idaho. Donna was raised in South Carolina and has lived in many areas of the country. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a PhD in chemistry.

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  • Dave Wilson

    Dave Wilson
    Region VII

    Bio coming soon.

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  • Sandy Patano

    Sandy Patano
    At-Large

    Sandy Patano is a resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and active her entire life in civic and political affairs. She was appointed by Governor Butch Otter to serve on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council in August 2017 as its at-large member. Other current commitments include Bank CDA board member, Vice Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, and Idaho Business for Education member. Over the last four decades, Sandy has held leadership positions on numerous boards and commissions, both locally and statewide including the Idaho Capitol Commission overseeing restoration and expansion of Idaho’s magnificent capitol building, completed in 2010; Board Chairman of INNOVIA (Inland Northwest Community Foundation), a $160 million regional foundation serving northern Idaho and eastern Washington of which she is still involved on the Regional Advisory Board; and, a founding member of the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Advisory Board in Coeur d’Alene from its inception in 2005 through 2016. Sandy also served on the Board of Pita Pit, USA. Prior to creating her private consulting firm, Sandy Patano Consulting, LLC, she was employed by the U.S. House and then the U.S. Senate for nearly three decades where she worked in management, public policy and public service.

    She is a Rotarian, active in her church community, and has been engaged in Republican politics for nearly 40 years.

    She is married to Dr. Jack Riggs, former Lt. Governor of Idaho and former CEO of Pita Pit, USA.

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