Business leaders from around Idaho expressed support Friday for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s development strategy but urged even more funding for luring new companies to Idaho.
Three of the Idaho Department of Commerce’s advisory councils met jointly at the J. R. Williams building Friday to share information about how the state’s economy is recovering from the deep recession. They included the Economic Advisory Council, the Idaho Travel Council and the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council.
Otter has proposed allocating $3 million in state funds to Commerce in an opportunity fund for economic development. Margaret Watson, co-owner of the J.C. Watson Co. a Parma onion packer and shipper, urged business leaders to speak with legislators to get even more support.
“Three million dollars isn’t enough we have to be able to compete with all of the other states and globally,” Watson said.