Downtown Boise. The rebirth of Downtown has been incredible over the past 30 years. The construction boom currently taking place will only increase the appeal and vibrancy of Downtown. It is always great to show off our town to visitors. I love to see their surprise in that Boise has a vibrant Downtown with amazing events, great restaurants, shopping and places to just hang out.
Our natural gas distribution system is a permanent part of the communities we serve. We believe it is our responsibility to support the growth and continued viability of these communities. This includes supporting the nonprofit sector and the arts. This support goes beyond the dollars donated, to the incredible amount of time Intermountain Gas Company employees donate to various causes and nonprofit organizations.
The world-class outdoor recreation, which is available literally right outside our door. This includes the Ridge to Rivers trail system; the skiing in Sun Valley and McCall; the great fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and whitewater rafting. The ability to run, fish or mountain bike right in Boise really provides a great experience for those who are lucky enough to live in this great place.
The Treefort Music Fest. It is a truly amazing event that allows visitors and residents to experience a variety of live music and other events over a jam-packed week. The music is just the beginning. All of the “Forts” provide a great opportunity for the creative and innovative skills of our community members to be expressed and shared. It gives visitors a chance to experience Downtown Boise at its very best.
The significant growth in the past 30 years. The transition from a natural resource-based economy to an economy with incredible diversity — including a healthy and growing high technology sector — has been a major shift for the better. This growth has allowed the expansion of cultural and recreation opportunities to residents that used to require travel to larger metropolitan areas.
Bill Glynn, the president of Intermountain Industries and the former president of Intermountain Gas Company. Bill has always been a respected business person whose leadership has resulted in the successful growth of several enterprises in the Treasure Valley and around the country. But more important, Bill has been a leader in the community. His leadership and willingness to give of his time and resources have been a great example of what it means to be a businessman and a community leader. Through all of his accomplishments and success, he has done everything with the highest level of integrity, graciousness and respect for others. Bill has been a mentor to many in the community and provided an example of leadership and citizenship to which I aspire but consistently fall short.
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