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Kling named permanent Nampa Chamber leader

Debbie Kling has shed the interim label and was named the permanent president and CEO of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 17. Kling became the interim leader in August, when longtime president and CEO Georgia Bowman retired.

Kling is exploring restructuring the chamber’s board and creating new chamber groups focusing on economic development, governmental affairs and education. Those changes could be in place by the beginning of 2013. She said the chamber will continue to work with Nampa city and state and regional business development groups to help existing businesses and bring new companies to Idaho’s second largest city.

“It’s critical for Nampa to be at the table when we are bringing in new corporations that are considering relocating to the area,” she said. “Growth, whether it be in Nampa (or elsewhere), benefits the entire Treasure Valley.”

Kling said the chamber also should to identify and address the needs of different business sectors and locations in Nampa as part of long-term planning.

“Nampa is a different community than Boise,” she said. “It’s community-oriented and poised for future growth.”

Kling said she’s had a Nampa address for 19 years, though she’s often commuted to other cities in the Treasure Valley for work. She previously served as a vice president at Unity Media Group in Eagle from 2007 to 2011. She was the executive director of the then-Qwest Arena in Boise from 2002 to 2006, and also planned a National Governors Association and Western Governors Association meeting for Gov. Dirk Kmpthorne. She started working for the Nampa chamber earlier this year with the intention of working alongside Bowman.

Along with Kling’s appointment, the Nampa chamber also announced that Dan Puga, president and co-founder of Jetmobile Americas, is the new chairman of the board of directors and Matt Davison, publisher president of the Idaho Press-Tribune, will serve on the chamber’s board.

About Brad Iverson-Long

Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.