Did you know: Scott and his family love the Greenbelt, which he describes as a “recreational ribbon alongside the river.”

Scott Kreiling, President,
Regence BlueShield of Idaho

What is the first thing you would show a visitor to the Treasure Valley?

The Greenbelt. It’s a regional crown jewel where people of all ages can safely walk, run or ride their bikes. My family and I love being able to take advantage of this “recreational ribbon alongside the river” to access our area’s many amazing parks as well as the Shakespeare Festival pavilion. To us, the Greenbelt is the treasure of the Treasure Valley.

What is your company’s philosophy on the importance of community?

We were founded in 1946 by physicians in Lewiston who came together to develop a novel way of looking out for the physical and financial well-being of their neighbors. That same motivating goal is in place today as we listen to and seek to serve the community. We continue to innovate to provide solutions that improve the overall health of our members throughout Idaho. Our employees build on that outward focus by giving back to their communities by serving on local nonprofit boards and giving generously of their time, talent and personal resources to causes and organizations in all quarters of the state.

What makes the Treasure Valley a great place to live?

Its bright, engaging people and their willingness to help others.

What is the biggest challenge or opportunity for our community in 2016?

I think the biggest opportunity we have as a community this year is to step back and look for ways to take on challenges on a more integrated basis. It comes down to force multiplication, something I’m proud to say I learned in the military. While we in the Treasure Valley individually have great ideas and enthusiasm, making progress on communitywide priorities like improving education and building key sectors of the economy requires us to leverage our collective resources. I think the Together Treasure Valley initiative could be a model for how we as an energized and connected business community can do just that.

What is the Treasure Valley’s best-kept secret?

The opportunity it provides its residents and visitors to experience the best of opposing seasons on the same day. Where else can you start your morning with some invigorating runs at Bogus Basin and then get in a round of golf in the afternoon?

Why did you choose to get involved in Together Treasure Valley?

It’s important that employers come together to work for the betterment of the community. After all, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make the place we live, work and raise our families as strong, healthy and appealing as it can be.

How has the Treasure Valley changed since you’ve lived here?

Well, the construction boom has certainly added a lot of amenities to the Valley. And the creative business incentives that have been put in place have, I think, positioned us well to recruit more companies to the region that will provide more jobs.

Who is someone local who has influenced you?

Jim Everett, the recently retired CEO of the YMCA. His longtime commitment to the community has been little short of awe-inspiring. He’s done so much to make sure that every person he’s encountered in his career has had the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Anything else you’d like to highlight about how your company supports the Treasure Valley?

As a local not-for-profit Idaho company, our employees live and work in communities throughout the Treasure Valley. Each year during our employee giving campaign, we have great participation from employees donating to local charitable organizations. Through that effort and everything else they do throughout the year, they personify and amplify our core value of serving our community.

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