03 OctCVEC Quarterly Meeting Welcomes Governor Otter

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter address CVEC.
2 October 2012

The Central Valley Expressway Coalition held its Fall Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, with Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as keynote speaker.  The Governor was enthusiastically welcomed by approximately 60 attendees who turned out to hear the Governor speak of Idaho’s transportation needs and the challenges the state faces looking forward.  He was followed by Canyon County Commissioner David Ferdinand, who addressed the importance of infrastructure and industry within the area and the achievements Canyon County has enjoyed.  Sorrento-Lactalis Mozzarella Plant Manager, Lenny Bass, gave an overview of the cheese company’s history and operations, as well as why they chose Idaho, while emphasizing the importance of infrastructure in the transportation of product.  Senator Chuck Winder (R-14) then gave a legislative update and forecast regarding transportation funding, as well as some funding options likely to be considered in the next legislative session.  Finally, Connecting Idaho Partners Deputy Program Manager Dick Jacobson gave a project update on the construction of the first phase of the Central Valley Expressway: Boise River Crossing.

The Central Valley Expressway Coalition’s next quarterly meeting will be held in January 2013.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

Commissioner David Ferdinand
Canyon County

Lenny Bass

Senator Chuck Winder

Dick Jacobson
Connecting Idaho Partners

Mary May & Gary Smith
CVEC Co-Chairs

Gov. Otter converses with attendees prior to the event.

A continental breakfast was prepared by Bella Aquila chef Rachel Knickrehm

Gov. Otter converses with attendees

General (Ret.) Darrell Manning, Meridian Councilman David Zaremba, and Commissioner David Ferdinand converse with Governor Otter

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, General (Ret.) Darrel Manning, Dick Jacobson, and Commissioner David Ferdinand

CVEC attendees look on as Governor Otter speaks.

Approximately 60 people were in attendance.

Governor Otter listens to the additional speakers, with Star Chamber of Commerce President Mini Victory (left) and Representative Reed DeMordaunt (R-14),

Dave Yorgason and Governor Otter react to a moment of mirth in the morning’s events…

CWI President Bert Glandon and General (Ret.) Darrell Manning following the event

Governor Otter stayed after the event to visit with attendees, as did Representative Darrell Bolz (R-10) (left)

The Governor shares a laugh with CVEC Co-Chairs Gary Smith and Mary May

CVEC Co-Chairs Mary May and Gary Smith thank Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for taking the time to address the Coalition