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

    Steve Meyer
    Region I

    Mr. Meyer lives in Hayden Lake and started Parkwood Business Properties, a commercial real estate development company in 1975. In 1979 he was a founder of Advanced Input Devices and served as the Chairman of the Board until 1993 when it was sold to BancBoston and Credit Suisse. Mr. Meyer was a founder of Mountain West Bank and served on the Board until 2014. He serves on the Board of North Idaho College Foundation, and is the Chairman of the Hayden Urban Renewal Agency. Idaho Smart Growth awarded him the Charles Hummel Lifetime Achievement award. The Idaho Technology Council named him to its Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


  • 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.


  • Mike Reynoldson

    Mike Reynoldson
    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.


  • John Craner

    John Craner
    Region IV
    Council Chair

    Council Chair

    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.


  • Rick Phillips

    Rick Phillips
    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.


  • Vacant
    Region VI

    Council appointment coming soon.


  • Dave Wilson

    Dave Wilson
    Region VII

    Bio coming soon.


  • Sandy Patano

    Sandy Patano

    Bio coming soon.


EAC Meeting Minutes