Did you know: Erik says the summer concerts at the Idaho Botanical Gardens show off some of the best aspects of living in the Treasure Valley.

Holland & Hart LLP
Erik Stidham, Partner

What’s your favorite piece of public art and where in the world is it?

My favorite public art is Rodin’s Éve in Jardin des Tuileries (in Paris), closely followed by the lights at Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell during Christmas.

What’s your go-to book to give a friend?

“Beowulf,” translation by Seamus Heaney.

If you could change one thing about the Treasure Valley, what would it be and why?

I would like to see a few more corporate headquarters in the Valley to diversify the local economy and add to current momentum.

What is the one thing about the Treasure Valley you would never change?

I would never want to see Valley residents abandon their distaste for bureaucracy.

One of our area’s treasures is the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do here?

Walking my dog in Hulls Gulch or Harrison Hollow.

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

Open spaces, friendly people and blue turf.

What “hidden gems” have you discovered living here?

Janjou Patisserie bakery at 17th and State, Janitzio Mexican restaurant in Caldwell, Westward Coffee on Main Street in Boise, and half-price whiskey at The Brickyard in Boise during happy hour.

What energizes your business team to work together to support the community?

We are energized by an awareness that the special aspects of the Treasure Valley could be lost through indifference and by the attitude and example of our receptionist Kathryn Burkett.

What lasting impression do you hope Together Treasure Valley will have?

I hope Together Treasure Valley will inspire other businesses to increase their support for the local community.

Together Treasure Valley gave $18,000 to six area libraries. Why was that important to you and to the group? Have you had an “aha moment” in your life when it comes to literacy or education?

Our libraries are significant community assets, and the donations allowed us to support increased access.

I did have kind of an “aha moment.” I remember checking out “Bulfinch’s Mythology” from the Boise library when I was in the third or fourth grade. I took the book home, read and learned how Rhea tricked Cronus into swallowing a swaddled stone instead of baby Zeus, how Phoebus drove too close to the sun and how Hades used Cerberus to guard his gates. I remember I was not able to put the book down. From that day forward, I was hooked and spent hours at the library getting introduced to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving and many others.

Together Treasure Valley had about 100 requests to place the 50 benches we bought for the area. Did that reaction surprise you, and where are you looking most forward to seeing the benches?

I was happily surprised by the level of demand. I am looking forward to seeing the benches out in communities outside of Boise.

Together Treasure Valley gave $50,000 to help fund Caldwell’s Indian Creek Musical Arts project. Why was this an important project to fund?

For me, the most important thing was the fact Mayor Garret Nancolas and the City Council are committed to the project and have a track record of success. What Mayor Nancolas and the City Council have already done with the Indian Creek area is impressive. I am confident he and the city will leverage the Together Treasure Valley funds to make the Musical Arts project something special.

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