About Us

The 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. We work to keep, grow and attract jobs for the region.

Why we do...
To ensure prosperity and forward momentum for our region
To create and support value-added jobs, diversification of jobs under rooftops, and investment in our community’s infrastructure and opportunities
To weather the inevitable next dip in the economy, and ensure people of all backgrounds and experiences have a variety of opportunities to improve their lives
To bring jobs to those who live here, and investment to the neighborhoods they call home
To broaden our industry base gives those who grew up here more reasons to stay; and for those who left, reasons to return home and continue their careers where they have roots
Because new and growing companies expand our tax base, contribute to our infrastructure, become part of our philanthropic ecosystem, and infuse our metro with energy, creativity and ideas
To build a foundation of resiliency for our metro - to preserve, expand and strengthen what we already have

Executive Director


Clark Krause

ckrause@bvep.org

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. In the past six plus years, our organization has welcomed 23 companies and over 4,300 jobs to the Boise Metro.

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

cnelson@bvep.org

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 Girls on the Run and participates on several advisory boards. 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.



Project & Research Manager


Ethan Mansfield

emansfield@bvep.org

D: 208-472-5246

C: 208-921-4686

Ethan joined the BVEP staff in May 2017 as our Project and Research Manager. Ethan brings his passion for community and regional economics along with workforce solutions and demographics expertise to round out our unique team. Ethan frequently brought depth of talent research, data analysis and context to our site selection process in his previous role as Regional Economist for the Idaho Department of Labor.

Ethan grew up in Treasure Valley and attended Boise High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he focused on natural resource economics. He also completed a Regional Planning Program with a focus in Economic and Community Development at the University of Idaho in Moscow. He recently finished his master’s thesis about economic base theory and economic development in the Rocky Mountain West. As an economist, his research was focused on the employment and wage dynamics in the high-tech and health care sectors as well as migration and Idaho’s demographic composition.



Marketing & Events Manager


Meredith Stead

mstead@bvep.org

D: 208-472-5229

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 currently holds the Vice President role for Leadership Boise.

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 rescue mutt.



Executive Administrative Assistant


Kate Dondup

kdondup@bvep.org

D: 208-472-5210

C: 208-472-5210

Kate joined the Boise Valley Economic Partnership in June 2018. She has a deep background working for Micron in human resources and customer relations.

Kate works part-time with BVEP on administrative duties, events, operations and managing stakeholder relationships. She is a great point of contact for our partners for any questions about invoices, upcoming events, or what's going on at BVEP.

When she's not working at BVEP, you can find her exploring Idaho lakes and waterways on her boat, working in her beautiful garden, or spending time with her friends and family.