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Boise Chamber Conference? It's in Sun Valley

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The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2016 leadership conference this week, but not in the City of Trees. Instead, chamber members are huddling in Sun Valley. 

The three-day event, attracting public and private leaders isn't cheap: registration is $349 for members, $449 for non-members, and that's not including rooms at the Sun Valley Lodge, where the conference is hosted.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is one of the many speakers, giving a presentation Monday afternoon on "The City of Boise's Support for Ag-Tech Economic Development." He'll have quite a bit of City Hall support, including from Boise Economic Development Director Nic Miller, Government Relations Director Amber Pence Balben and Biosolids Program Manager Ben Nydegger. Council members Elaine Clegg, Maryanne Jordan, Lauren McLean, Ben Quintana and TJ Thomson are also attending the conference, leaving Councilman Scot Ludwig to hold down the fort in Boise.

Other featured speakers at the conference include Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter; Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould; J.R. Simplot Co. President and CEO Bill Whitacre; Kai Sacher, vice president of Global Research and Development for Chobani Yogurt; Michael Francis of Payette Brewing; Earl and Carrie Sullivan of Telaya Wine Co.; and Dave Krick, owner of Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge.

This year's conference pays particular attention to Idaho food and beverage industry.