Community Leadership Visit 2017 - Boise, ID

Each year we select a community that is doing well in targeted areas that has ideas and best practices to share with Springfield. This year's trip is unique in that it marks the first return trip to a previously visited city. Here are some of the reasons Boise was chosen for 2017, as well as what we will be examining during our visit:

  • Regional Growth: How Boise's exceptional rate of regional growth has contributed to the betterment of the city
  • Capitalizing on Assets: The region has prioritized investment and marketing of its outdoors and other amenities; we'll learn how that has contributed to its character, brand and regional success
  • Tech Sector, Talent Attraction & Retention: A strong tech scene has emerged in Boise, and we'll focus on talent attraction and education efforts related to that and other key industries
  • Creating "The Most Livable City in the Country": Boise leadership is focused on a livable Boise and attracting talent to the region by focusing on data, quality of life and downtown development

Trip Details

Participant List
Program Agenda
Speaker Bios
Community Comparison: Springfield and Boise
Boise Rankings & Recognition
Boise Growth Analysis

Restaurant Options

Thursday Night Dinner
The Brick Yard
Chandlers Steakhouse
Red Feather

Friday Night Dinner
Steuckle Sky Center at Albertsons Stadium - hosted by CoxHealth

Free Time Activities

Explore On Your Own
Meet With Your Counterpart
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
 - The memorial opened in 2002 as an educational park designed to engage visitors to reflect, think and engage one another on human rights issues. Both the triumphs and tragedies of the human story are on display, but in every quote and every idea, we see the profound power of a single voice or bold action to overcome great odds and alter the course of history.
Payette Brewing Company Tour - Mike Francis, a participant in our Session 3 panel, is the owner of Payette Brewing. Join us for a brewery tour and tasting. (Check out this video about the company!)
Downtown Walking Tour - Join Ray Stark of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce for a guided walking tour of the beautiful downtown area.
Bicycle Tour - See many of the things we will have heard about during our panel discussion and get some fresh air at the same time. This customized tour will run an 8-10 mile course around the Greenbelt trails along the Boise River and downtown. The bikes are comfortable, cruiser-style rides and include a helmet - and the route is flat and paved! Participants will have time to change into comfy clothes before the tour.

Useful Links

Boise Weather
Maps - Downtown Boise | Boise Region
Hotel - Inn at 500 Capitol
City of Boise
City of Caldwell
City of Garden City
City of Meridian
City of Nampa
Ada County
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau
Boise State University
College of Western Idaho
University of Idaho-Boise
JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place)
Boise Young Professionals
LIV Boise

Thank You to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Bryan Properties
Pinnacle Sign
Transportation Sponsor
City Utilities
Dinner Sponsor
Lunch Sponsor
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Debriefing Session Sponsor
Paragon Architecture
Delegation Gift Sponsor
N•FORM Architecture
Additional Sponsors
Convoy of Hope
JVIC/The eFactory at Missouri State University
Lathrop Gage
Mother's Brewing Company/The Daily Events
Springfield-Branson National Airport

Boise in the News

Business & Entrepreneurship

Albertsons’ CEO - the most powerful Boise businessman you’ve never seen - Idaho Statesman
Trailhead in Boise is about to offer a new path to a software career, and it’s paid - Idaho Statesman


Boise having another go at a streetcar for Downtown transit - Idaho Statesman
Downtown Boise Renewal - Idaho Business Review
State of Downtown Boise - Idaho Business Review


Term-limits repeal sparks a political revolution in Idaho - Chicago Tribune
Idaho Legislature Repeals Term Limit Law, Undoing Voter-Approved Measure - New York Times
Meet the fixer: This councilwoman keeps Boise booming - Grist
INL and Boise State come together in Butte County - Idaho State Journal
Voters show overwhelming support for Boise school bond - KTVB

Quality of Life

"Here & Now": Is Boise the Next Portland? (Podcast - skip to 34:55) - NPR

Life in Boise Idaho: 17 reasons every day in Boise is the best day ever - Movoto
If you’re a young professional, Boise is the place for you, Forbes says. Here’s why. - Idaho Statesman
Boise ranks high on Forbes list of best cities for young professionals - KTVB
Why Boise, Idaho, Is a Growing Culinary Hotspot - Vogue
Why Southwest Airlines is adding 19 new California routes - Dallas News
Boise City Council moves forward with sports park proposal - KIVI TV