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Boise Valley Economic Partnership Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Boise Valley Economic Partnership received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of Special Purpose Website for communities with populations of greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 20, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 19-22, in Fort Worth, Texas.  

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. 

"Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country," said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. "As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like Boise Valley Economic Partnership for leading the charge."

The website also received a "Best Usability" award during the 14th annual ExpressionEngine conference in Washington D.C. earlier this month.  Rizen Creative received the award for the site design based on functionality and creativity.

What makes the Boise Valley a top choice for tech talent to consider for their next professional move? Don’t just take our word for it; take theirs. That’s the approach of the talent attraction website “Big Ideas Grow Here” (, which features video vignettes of those living and working in the Boise Valley and the tech industry. The site features a day in the life of six individuals who represent the technology community in the Valley. The website serves as a recruitment tool for companies looking to bring more talent to the valley.

Over the past year, organizations like Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP), Idaho Commerce, Idaho Department of Labor, and many Valley tech companies have been working together to fill a need.  “This site is BVEP's initiative to retain and recruit talented individuals to our Valley,” Clark Krause, BVEP executive director said. “We evaluated where we can make the biggest difference, and one area is making sure a talented, able workforce is drawn to our Valley. Being more vocal and visual about the opportunities, food, family, work-life balance, culture, recreation, and friction-free lifestyle is part of that.”

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

About Boise Valley Economic Partnership

The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) is the regional economic development organization for the Boise Valley, representing the southwestern Idaho counties of Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee, and including the capitol city of Boise. With a long-term mission of creating jobs, attracting new businesses to the region and encouraging investment in the community, BVEP is actively involved in the economic vitality of the Boise Valley, and is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for businesses and families alike. For more information, visit


Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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