Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho, has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the United States Investment Advisory Council or IAC, established by the Commerce Department in April 2016. As one of 19 private and public sector leaders from across the nation, Rogers will advise U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States.
Rogers has spent the last 15 years developing economies throughout Idaho including attracting 35 businesses, more than $1 billion in capital investments, and 5,000 jobs. She served as the executive director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization for 14 years and led efforts to attract seven projects in one year to Southern Idaho, including Chobani’s second U.S. manufacturing facility in Twin Falls. Rogers has also served as the president of the Idaho Economic Development Association and is on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council.
The IAC’s inaugural meeting will be held June 21, to coincide with the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, a three-day event in Washington, D.C., that promotes FDI in the United States. The Summit will attract more than 2,000 participants from economic development organizations as well as U.S. and foreign firms, service providers, domestic and international media, and senior Obama administration and government officials.