About Us

Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) is driven by a partnership of communities, institutions, chamber organizations and businesses in the area. BVEP offers free, customized, confidential services and site location assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs interested in relocating, starting up, or expanding in the Boise Valley. In the past nine plus years, our organization has welcomed more than 40 companies and over 10,000 jobs to the Boise Metro. We work to keep, grow and attract jobs for the region.

Why we do...
- Ensure prosperity in good times and bad
- Create jobs for those who live here
- Broaden industry base

New and growing companies create jobs and infuse our metro with creativity, philanthropy, ideas, and infrastructure.

Executive Director

Clark Krause


D: 208-472-5230

C: 208-863-9675

Clark Krause has been the Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) since 2010. In that time, Clark has been instrumental in creating a new mission based on measurable and accountable actions and goals.

Clark has been on dozens of national sales missions promoting the Boise Valley to companies and site consultants, built a marketing program & Public Relations outreach and actively advocates for local and statewide programs that will jumpstart economic-based job growth in our communities. He was also instrumental in helping pass two new state incentives: the Idaho Opportunity Fund and the Tax Reimbursement Incentive. Clark's knowledge of state incentive programs has helped Idaho become a nationally competitive player in economic development. Clark’s Team has created “Grow. Ideas. Here.”, an initiative that launched in 2014 to assist local Boise Metro companies attract new workforce talent.

In 2017, Clark redesigned the organization, strategically adding two workforce talent experts to the team; BVEP is now uniquely positioned to help companies in the next decade grow workforce talent. An organization dedicated to helping the community grow, find and keep the talent needs of the future.

Clark came to BVEP with a strong history and experience in economic development, spending 7 years as President and CEO of the New Mexico Partnership. During his tenure at the New Mexico Partnership, Clark and his team were tasked with out of state recruitment of economic-based jobs into New Mexico. Under his leadership, the Partnership attracted 45 companies and created over 14,000 jobs in the state. Prior to his time in New Mexico, Clark was the Director of Economic Development for Cedar City/Iron County, Utah, where he recruited nine companies, 1,150 jobs and $185 million worth of industrial development. He also spent seven years as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Brian Head Ski Resort in southern Utah, and ten years in sales and marketing for American Honda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company.

Director of Economic Development

Charity Nelson


D: 208-472-5240

C: 208-863-8521

Charity Nelson joined BVEP in February of 2016 and brought her passion for the people side of business into the organization. As the Director of Economic Development she leads business attraction projects, providing site selectors and companies vetting our region with the crucial data and context they seek. She also serves as an advocate for local businesses who have talent attraction and acquisition needs.

Prior to joining BVEP, Charity spent 10+ years in Human Resources at Micron Technology, Inc. Her tenure at Micron included roles in recruiting, organizational effectiveness and talent acquisition strategy. She has experience in both domestic and global talent acquisition with skill sets ranging from manufacturing to specialized engineering.

Charity is dedicated to improving her community, empowering people and improving organizations. She sits on the Board of Directors for Capital Matrix and serves on several advisory boards including Zions Bank, TOK Commercial Real Estate and Boise State University’s Blue Sky Institute. She also participates in formal and informal mentoring programs for professionals in the Valley. She was raised in Idaho, graduating from Meridian High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Communication both from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Marketing & Events Manager

Meredith Stead



C: 208-616-5991

Meredith Stead joins the Boise Valley Economic Partnership in July 2018 with more than ten years of experience in arts and sports industry marketing and event production. She has been consulting within brand development, marketing and event production in the Boise Valley for several years. She joins BVEP from Ballet Idaho where she served as Marketing Director for more than 4 years.

Meredith earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and English from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2004 and in 2011, chose Boise as her home. She serves on the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the board of directors of FUNDSY, and was recognized as an Accomplished Under 40 in 2019 but the Idaho Business Review.

Meredith’s expertise is her love of people and ability to improve any business’s methods of achievement. She loves playing in Boise with her husband and their bulldog.

Research and Project Manager

Ben Williams


D: 208-472-5246

C: 208-830-9411

Ben Williams joined BVEP in March of 2021 with a passion and energy for data analysis, demographic research, and project management. As a PMP certified MBA graduate from Boise State University, he is passionate about bringing business growth to his hometown.

Ben brings with him a diverse portfolio of project management and research including program implementation, scientific research, database management. He currently participates on the board of directors for Project Management Institute – Western Idaho Chapter (PMI-WIC) as their volunteer coordinator.

In his off time, you will find Ben exploring all that Boise has to offer with his wife, son, and dog. From hiking and camping to running on the greenbelt, Ben values the amenities and activities offered by his home and is excited to show the objective data that confirms what he already knows, that Boise is the best place to live in the world!