Boise's Trilateral, and Quite Private, 'Work Group' 

"Yes, they're private meetings."

There have been times through the years when the Boise City Council, the Capital City Development Corporation and the Greater Boise Auditorium District--or factions thereof--tolerated one another more often than worked cooperatively.

But that has apparently changed, in light of the fact of a new, albeit private, get-together where representatives of each body compare notes. They just don't want anybody else in the room.

"Yes, they're private meetings," said Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "But it's important to stress that there is not a quorum and no decisions are made."

It's not as if the participants don't know each other very well. In fact, an attendee of one of the entities' meetings might easily be confused on which meeting they're attending.

For example, the CCDC Board of Commissioners includes Bieter and Boise City Council members David Eberle and Lauren McLean. Additionally, CCDC's newly hired executive director, John Brunelle, worked for Bieter as hizzoner's director of economic development.

Over at GBAD, Steve Berch and Jim Walker were recently sworn into office as new board members after winning the May 21 election with a strong public endorsement from Bieter.

It was in the June 24 meeting of GBAD that board chair Hy Kloc first hinted at private meetings of the three entities.

"These interagency collaborations with CCDC, the city of Boise and GBAD have been very informative," said Kloc.

Park said there really isn't an official name for the private triumvirate.

"I'm calling it a multi-agency working group," he said.

Attendees, to date, have including GBAD and CCDC board members, Bieter, McLean and Boise Councilwoman Elaine Clegg. City of Boise senior staffers have also been in the room.

"One of the meetings was nothing more than determining how to structure future meetings," said Park. "In other meetings, they've talked about the possible expansion of the convention center and the viability of a multi-use stadium. Going forward, I'm sure they hope to talk about other projects on the horizon."

By keeping it private, Park said the group could vet ideas.

"Because there's nothing worse than the public thinking that [the group is] doing 'A' but 'A' doesn't pan out," he said. "If they do come forward with a specific proposal, there would be an opportunity for the public to find out. But they really don't want to have that happen until there's something to propose."

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