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Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced the creation of the Economic Recovery Task Force for the City of Boise Monday, May 18, to begin working on short- and long-term recovery plans.

“Our shared economic recovery has never been more important and requires a strategic, community-based effort to create an actionable recovery plan,” wrote McLean in a release.

The task force is a group of economic leaders in the community from various Idaho-based companies, representatives from local institutions and organizations, and regional and national policy experts. The goal of the force is to identify areas that need focus, work on education and workforce development.

Its members include:

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

The team will begin looking at the economic problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and draft plans defining what economic recovery means and how to implement the best course of action.

“We know we will pull through this together to become a stronger and more vibrant community,” said McLean.

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