Elected and appointed state and local officials filled council chambers at Kuna City Hall on January 25th. Led by Gov. Otter, they mingled easily with their hosts and event attendees that number about 60 at the 61st Capital for a Day program that sees the governor and his cabinet spend an entire day in a different Idaho community outside of Boise.
“This could be a record for suits and ties in Kuna,” said Brandon Schmeckpeper, who lives in Ada County east of Kuna.
Anticipating tax collections, “This is harvest season coming up,” Otter told new Tax Commission chief Rich Jackson. “We’re there,” Jackson said of his 160 employees in five regional offices.
Present in the audience was Greg Seifert of the Department of Commerce, whose 50 employees work on economic development around the state
Tourism is also an important industry in Idaho under the DOC’s rubric.
“We have a group that works on international trade,” Seifert said, adding that Otter’s next international business trip will be to Asia this April.
Many speakers described their relationship with Mayor Greg Nelson as excellent. “I believe we have a good relationship with the City of Kuna,” said Ada County Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre