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Boise Mayor announces Economic Recovery Task Force

Lauren McLean
Posted at 3:32 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 17:33:46-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced the creation of an Economic Recovery Task Force Monday. The group will address the next steps the city will take for economic recovery.

The task force members will be assisted by professionals at the Brookings Institute. The members are leaders in the community and are representatives of local organizations and institutions, business leaders and policy experts.

  • Lisa Grow, President - Idaho Power
  • Andy Scoggin, CEO, Scoggin Capital Investment
    • Board Member - Idaho State Board of Education
  • Dr. Marlene Tromp, President - Boise State University
  • Daniel Malarkey, Senior Fellow - Sightline Institute
  • Skip Oppenheimer, CEO - Oppenheimer Companies
  • Michael Satz, Associate Professor of Law - University of Idaho
  • Marcela Escobari, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development - Brookings Institute
  • Alexander Toeldte, Board Member - Idaho Shakespeare Festival
  • Bill Avey, Vice President – HP, Inc.
  • Melanie Rubocki, Partner – Perkins Coie
  • Karen Bilowith, CEO - Idaho Community Foundation
  • John Colgrove, President, Intermountain Division – Albertsons Companies

According to a press release from the Mayor’s office, the task force will identify areas of strategic focus, priority projects, investments, funding sources, and partners. The task force will place a strong emphasis on top economic recovery priorities such as education and workforce development, and strengthened relationships between the city, the community, and our partners.

"I am pleased to be part of the City of Boise's Economic Recovery Task Force,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, President, Boise State University. “Boise State plays an integral role in the state and city's economy, and I look forward to partnering with fellow task force members to develop a long-term, strategic plan to ensure that the city, the university, the business community, and the public emerge from the pandemic with the resilience for which Boise and Boise State are known.”

“Our Albertsons store teams have been on the front lines with our neighbors throughout this pandemic,” said John Colgrove, President of the Intermountain Division of Albertsons Companies. “We look forward to sharing the lessons we’ve learned with the task force and working together to make Boise more vibrant than ever.”

The task force will take a look at economic opportunities and vulnerabilities that COVID-19 exposed in terms of city and regional overall economic health.