Wednesday, June 17, 2009

PNWER and Summer Presidents Meeting, July 12-16

Governor Otter Welcomes PNWER to Boise

Boise--Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter joined Idaho lawmakers, Rep Max Black, and Rep. Bert Stevenson and representatives from the Pacific NorthWest Economic to welcome the organizations 19th annual summit to be held in Boise July 12-16 at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

The Summit will coincide with the Idaho Farm Bureau's Summer President's meeting at the Grove Hotel. "We're looking forward to the meeting," said Gary Fuhriman of the Idaho Farm Bureau, "Our Presidents will have the chance to attend meetings, address issues and meet agricultural leaders from our region on a scale few have experienced." Governor Otter says he looks forward to an open dialogue with our neighbors.

"The exchange of ideas and new technologies, new management ideas, enviornmental policy, these are things we are working on through PNWER," said Governor Otter. "With the few days we are gathered, and the chance to exchange ideas, I think the opportunity is tremendous."

PNWER is a regional U.S.-Canadian forum dedicated to encouraging global economic competitiveness and preserving the region's world-class natural environment. This public/private partnership includes governments and businesses in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon Territory. PNWER's major program initiatives include energy, transportation, homeland security and work-force development.

The theme of the 19th Annual Summit is 'Addressing Global Challenges' highlights of the July conference include an address by Governor Otter, a roundtable discussion on US-Canada Clean Energy innovations and problems. Another highlight includes a cross border livestock health conference and a policy tour to the Idaho National Lab in Arco.

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