Gov. Brad Little has appointed Paul J. Kimmell to serve on the Idaho Economic Advisory Council representing Region 2. Kimmell resides near Viola and is the Palouse Region Business and Public Affairs Manager for Avista Corporation. Previously, he held positions with Boise Cascade Corporation, Wyoming State Land Office and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. He was also a three-term Latah County Commissioner. Kimmell was elected president of the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks in 2004, chaired the Idaho Cities and Counties Taskforce and was recognized as Idaho’s Outstanding County Official in 2006.
The Idaho Economic Advisory Council advises the Governor and Idaho Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. The council makes recommendations to the Governor on applications for Community Development and Rural Community Block Grant funding and reviews Tax Reimbursement Incentive applications. Additionally, Council members advise their regions on economic development opportunities and represent their interests to state government. The Council consists of eight members, appointed by the Governor, with one member appointed from each of the state’s seven economic development regions and one member appointed at-large. Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed. To learn more about the Idaho Economic Advisory Council, visit https://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/economic-advisory-council/.