Boise Valley Economic Partnership Announces 2017 Leadership Team


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Boise, IDAHO – The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP), regional economic development organization for the Boise Metro, is excited to announce the new board leadership for 2017. Todd Cooper, Wells Fargo Bank, will lead the organization as the 2017 chairman of the board of directors.  Cece Gassner, Boise State University, will be the incoming chair-elect for 2018.  Having worked closely with BVEP for the past several years, Cooper and Gassner will continue to drive momentum for the organization. 

The Boise Valley Economic Partnership brings the people and community assets together to help attract, retain and grow business and talent in the Boise Metro region. Consisting of representatives from more than 40 of the Valley’s companies and communities, BVEP’s full board of directors can be found here:  The board is responsible for overseeing BVEP’s ongoing mission as well as establishing policies and direction that work toward achieving the objectives and goals of the partnership.

Clark Krause, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership said, “We are incredibly indebted to leaders like Todd Cooper and Cece Gassner, who consistently support economic development within the community.”

Todd Cooper is a 27-year veteran of Wells Fargo and serves as Senior Vice President and Idaho Region Business Banking manager.  He is responsible for the Business Banking team serving Idaho Region businesses and also currently chairs the Recruiting and Hiring committee of the national Business Banking Diversity and Inclusion council.   


Cece Gassner is the Director of Economic Development for Boise State University. Prior to working at Boise State, she served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Boise for nearly six years, and practiced law for almost 13 years, focusing on intellectual property and privacy issues. She has been recognized as an honoree of the Accomplished under 40 Award and the Idaho Women of the Year Award.

With a large focus on talent attraction in 2017, BVEP looks forward to leaning on Cooper and Gassner’s experience in business and talent development.

About Boise Valley Economic Partnership
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) is the regional economic development organization for the Boise Valley, representing the southwestern Idaho counties of Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee, and including the capitol city of Boise. With a long-term mission of creating jobs, attracting new businesses to the region and encouraging investment in the community, BVEP is actively involved in the economic vitality of the Boise Valley, and is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for businesses and families alike. For more information, visit or 

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
© 2018 Boise Valley Economic Partnership