21 MarCVEC Holds Quarterly Meeting

The Central Valley Expressway Coalition held its quarterly meeting on March 19th, 2012 at the Eagle restaurant Bella Aquila.  Approximately 60 people were in attendance to hear a legislative update from Idaho Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, SH-16 project update from Idaho Transportation Department Chief Operations Officer Paul Steinman, and a presentation by newly appointed Idaho Department of Commerce Director, Jeff Sayer.

Senator Chuck Winder
Senator Chuck Winder addresses the Coalition

Topics included how the Central Valley Expressway can help the state realize the goals of Project 60– growing Idaho’s gross domestic product to $60 billion– and the newly launched IGEM initiative.  Also discussed was proposed legislation before the Idaho Legislature that would enable the creation of Transportation and Economic Development Zones (TEDZ), similar in concept to the existing STARS districts, that would redirect sales tax within a zone to help fund transportation improvements within its boundaries.

Also announced was the estimated groundbreaking of the first phase of the Central Valley Expressway extension, the Boise River bridge crossing, in late May 2012.  More details to come at a later date.

Senator Chuck Winder introduces Commerce Director Jeff Sayer

Director Jeff Sayer

Commerce Director Jeff Sayer addresses the Central Valley Expressway Coalition

The Central Valley Expressway Coalition

Coalition members listen to Commerce Director Jeff Sayer's presentation

Canyon County Commissioner David Ferdinand asks a question

Sayer answers questions

Director Sayer answers questions from the audience

Rep. Marv Hagedorn listens in the audience

Idaho Transportation Department COO Paul Steinman updates the Coalition on the status of the CVE extension

Photos Credit: Matthew May