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Two Boise organizations merge

BCVB President Carrie Westergard, Boise Metro Chambers of Commerce President Bill C and BVEP

BCVB Executive Director Carrie Westergard, Boise Metro Chambers of Commerce President Bill Connors and BVEP Executive Director Clark Krause. Photo courtesy of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, or BCVB, have merged.

The deal was made official on Dec. 1 through a filing with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office and it will allow the two organizations to share resources. Also housed within the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, and all three organizations will work together to promote the Treasure Valley.

“Each of our organizations focus on tourist and talent attraction differently,” Carrie Westergard, executive director of BCVD, said. “Together we will be able to coordinate more and to better help the city.”

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President Bill Connors said the organizations have already accomplished a project together.

“The chamber has been working with the markets where we have direct flights out of Boise in order to attract visitors,” Connors said. “With Carrie’s promotional dollars we were able to take out ads, like in the Houston Chronicle, to sell Boise as a destination.”

The three organizations are housed on the third floor of 250 S. 5th Street, but will continue to operate as different branches with individual funding.

About Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.