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SATURDAY, JUNE 11 - TUESDAY, JUNE 14
First Lady Lori Otter and I will attend the Western Governors' Association Annual Meeting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
First Lady Lori Otter will speak at the Idaho Rural Partnership Summit, opening session, 8:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1800 W Fairview Avenue, Boise.

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Remembering General Jack Kane
A great friend and leader was laid to rest on June 7. Major General Jack Kane was a former adjutant general of the Idaho National Guard. And he was a  lifelong friend of mine. We grew up together in the Treasure Valley. Jack was a loyal and trusted friend who served 43 years in the Army and Army Guard in service to the State of Idaho and our country. General Kane was a man of great professionalism, military bearing, honor and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his comrades, friends and family. Miss Lori and I continue to keep the Kane family in our thoughts and prayers. 
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Cascadia Rising 2016  

The state of Idaho joined Oregon and Washington as we participated in a three-state exercise that's been in the works the last seven years. CASCADIA RISING simulated a 9.0 earthquake with the epicenter occurring just off the coast of Oregon and Washington. The result of such a quake would produce a tsunami that would devastate much of the U.S. west coast.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) anticipates under such a scenario, most everything west of the I-5 corridor would be heavily damaged, if not destroyed.
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler, Commanding General of the Idaho National Guard, receive a briefing on the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise from FEMA Region 10 Administrator, Ken Murphy

While the geological impacts of such an event would be minimal in Idaho, the Gem State would be heavily impacted in the aftermath. Under the training exercise scenario, upwards of 140,000 displaced people would need temporary housing in our state. Upwards of 7,000 people from Oregon and Washington would need immediate medical assistance.  Idaho would become a critical staging ground for the recovery effort.

We hope it never happens, but in the event it does we are preparing for the worst. That is why I participated in this exercise along with more than 850 Idaho emergency personnel, both civilian and military, to figure out both our strengths and to identify and improve on any weaknesses.
Governor Otter receives a briefing in the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security's Emergency Operation Center during the Cascadia Rising Exercise.

Our Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security did a great job of overseeing it all. Hopefully we will never have to respond to such a calamity. But in the event we do, Idahoans should take comfort knowing we have a remarkable team assembled to answer the call!
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Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Wednesday, June 1, I addressed the business community at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. I spoke about the rising strengths of Idaho's economy and the confidence that more and more employers are showing in Idaho's future. 

Our employment growth rate is among the nation's highest, and forecasts show that trend should continue in the coming year. While economic conditions remain sketchy across the nation and around the world, Idaho is moving ahead at the speed of business! Our non-farm employment, housing, population growth and inflation-adjusted personal income growth are predicted to be far ahead of most other states. 

So I expressed to Chamber of Commerce members how important it is to instill confidence and enthusiasm in Idaho for more employers to invest in the future of their company by investing in the future of the state. We want to continue to ensure that Idaho is the best place to live, work and start or grow a business. That means continuing to make sustainable investments in our schools, community colleges and universities to provide employers with a skilled workforce.

It's a K-through-Career approach, and we're working toward the goal of having 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 with a professional degree or certificate by 2020. Right now we're at about 40 percent, so we have a lot of work left to do. But I'm very proud of what we've accomplished so far. With the help of Idaho businesses and organizations like the Boise Metro Chamber, we're on our way to achieving our goals.  
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Hispanic Business Association's Scholarship Awards
Governor Otter with the recipients of the Richard G. Cortez Scholarship.

On Tuesday, June 7, I had the pleasure of presenting ten outstanding students with the Hispanic Business Association's Richard G. Cortez Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to exemplary high school and college students planning to continue their education at universities across the nation. It is a great achievement and a wonderful opportunity provided by the Hispanic Business Association.

The Hispanic Business Association is dedicated to fostering positive opportunities for Hispanic youth by providing education and mentoring. It is opportunities like the Richard G. Cortez Scholarship that will help our students face the challenge of funding and furthering their educations. The importance of a higher education continues to rise in this country, and our students need scholarships like these to help them succeed. I was very happy to congratulate these exceptional students on their hard work and achievement and applaud them for being wonderful examples of the great students Idaho has to offer.
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Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
Governor Otter with representatives from the ISU Credit Union.

On Thursday, June 8, I spoke at the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce meeting about the positive effects Pocatello, Idaho State University and the Chamber and its members are having in Idaho.

I recognized Pocatello and Idaho State University for their vital roles in Idaho's success.  President Art Vailas and his team are championing the creation of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine at the ISU Health Sciences Center in Meridian, an achievement that will positively impact Idaho's education system, health care system and economy as a whole.

I also thanked the Bannock County Commissioners for getting the ball rolling on the Tax Reimbursement Incentive for Amy's Kitchen to take over the former Heinz facility. This will create 1,000 good jobs, $76 million in capital investment and a great return on investment to Idaho taxpayers. Programs like these are what support Idaho's economy and ensure it will continue to grow and succeed, and are vital to growing communities like Pocatello and Chubbuck. 

I want to thank the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity.  With the help of Pocatello, Idaho State University, and organizations like the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce and their members, we will achieve our goals and ensure Idaho continues to surge forward.
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Valley Agronomics Groundbreaking
Governor Otter participating in the Valley Agronomics groundbreaking.

On Wednesday, June 8, I participated in the groundbreaking of Valley Agronomics' new fertilizer distribution facility in Pocatello, ID. I applaud Valley Agronomics and FMC for their partnership to serve southeastern Idaho farmers and ranchers, and I am excited to see the facility benefit Idaho by developing a strong, diverse and sustainable economy with potential for growth.

Agriculture, resource extraction and value added processing are essential and foundational parts to Idaho's way of life.  This facility will benefit the next generation of entrepreneurs, students, chemists, farmers, engineers and business leaders who share our confidence in Idaho's future.

I am thankful to have been a part of the celebration of this new facility, and proud of the new economic opportunity it will create for the people of Idaho.
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First Lady's Focus: Community Baby Shower
 
Community Baby Shower to be held from 8am to 8pm at Southern Idaho Albertsons on June 22nd, 2016

Family Advocates is hosting a Community Baby Shower to benefit Idaho families in need. Michelle Edmonds of Today's 6 and FOX 9 started Community Baby Shower when she was pregnant with her second child and identified a need to help young mothers and families prepare for parenting. She contacted local non-profits to increase community awareness of the problem, and nine years later Community Baby Shower is the strongest it has ever been. 

Last year Idahoans generously donated over 1,000 packages of diapers, more than 800 boxes of wipes, new clothing, blankets and formula. This year the largest need is for diapers, wipes and formula, but other donations can be made including new clothing, baby care products, and monetary contributions.  
Ideas for donations:
  • Diapers (Sizes NB through 6)
  • Clothing (Sizes Preemie through 2T)
  • Bassinets and Port-A-Cribs, Swings and Bouncers
  • Blankets, Swaddlers and Carriers
  • Bottles and Pacifiers
  • Baby and Adult Toiletries (Shampoo, Diaper Cream, Deodorant, etc.)
 
Any contribution is greatly appreciated, and everything goes to young mothers and families in need. Look for the Family Advocates booths at Albertsons stores in southern Idaho to drop off your donation. 

For more information, volunteer opportunities and a full list of sites visit http://www.strongandsafe.org/april-fundraising-event .

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Agency Spotlight 
Agency Spotlight will return next newsletter.
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Appointments 

Contractors Board 
Rebecca Odom - Garden City 

Genetic Counselors Licensing Board  
Jennifer Eichmeyer - Boise 

Magistrates Commission - Fourth District  
Hon. Rob Terry - Cascade 

Magistrates Commission - Sixth District  
Hon. Brian Blad - Pocatello 

Parks and Recreation Board 
Gordon Hansen - Burley 

Pharmacy Board 
Nicole Chopski - Pocatello 

Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Board
John T. Elle - Pocatello 

Time Sensitive Emergency System 
Casey Meza - Coeur d'Alene 
Michael Weimer - Meridian 

Veteran Affairs Commission 
Jinny Cash - Grangeville