Governor Otter Appoints Region 7 Representative to EAC


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Idaho Commerce



Governor Otter Appoints Region 7 Representative to Economic Advisory Council

Idaho Economic Advisory Council (EAC) advises the Governor and Idaho Commerce on economic development policies, incentive and grant awards


BOISE, Idaho—September 22, 2015—Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Gina Knudson as the Region 7 representative on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

“We are thrilled to have Gina join a vibrant group of dedicated servants on the Economic Advisory Council.  She will be an important voice representing the needs of Central Idaho, and her background in economic development, city government and the non-profit sector will play a crucial role in furthering the economic vitality of our state,” said Idaho Commerce Director Jeffery Sayer. 

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.

The Idaho Economic Advisory Council advises the Governor and the Idaho Department of Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. The council makes recommendations to the Governor on applications for block grant funding and reviews industrial revenue bond allocations.  Additionally, council members advise their regions on economic development opportunities and represent their interests to state government.  

Beginning July 1, 2014, the EAC also gained statutory oversight authority for the new Idaho Tax Reimbursement Incentive. The council reviews and grants final approval for refundable credits on income, sales and payroll taxes of up to 30 percent for up to 15 years to qualifying new or expanding Idaho businesses.  

The council consists of eight 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.

For the full list of Idaho Commerce’s Economic Advisory Council members, click here: 


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