AIC’s annual City Officials Day at the Capitol is now only three weeks away. AIC requests that those interested in attending the event register by Thursday, January 19th to assist in developing accurate meal counts. Those wishing to stay the night in Boise on the night of the 25th can make reservations for $91.00 a night at the Grove Hotel. For reservations please call (208) 489-2222 and ask for the Association of Idaho Cities room block. The deadline to make a reservation through the AIC room block is January 6, 2017.
This year AIC is restructuring its annual City Officials Day at the Capitol. The event will be held Thursday, January 26 in Boise. The big change is that AIC has arranged to bring city officials to the Capitol for much of the program. While in prior years the event has been held offsite, this year the morning sessions, including a breakfast reception, will be held at the Idaho State Capitol. This means that in place of doing a sit-down luncheon for legislators at the Boise Centre, AIC will be hosting an early morning breakfast reception for city officials and legislators at the Capitol in the beautiful 4th Floor Rotunda. This will bring city officials to the Capitol to meet with their legislators to discuss important issues over a casual breakfast in a historic setting. AIC will provide shuttle service for city officials staying at the Grove Hotel to and from the Capitol (more information below).
The reception is designed such that city officials and legislators can come and go as schedules allow during the breakfast reception period between 7:00 am and 8:30 am. City officials are encouraged to arrange a time to meet with their legislators at the capitol and escort them to the breakfast reception at a time that is convenient for your legislators. AIC staff is willing to assist you in scheduling a time to meet with your legislator during the 1.5-hour window if needed. AIC is excited to have a presence of city officials at the Capitol.
After the breakfast reception, AIC will convene city officials in the West Wing Garden Level (basement) of the Capitol in the Lincoln Auditorium to officially kick off City Officials Day at the Capitol. AIC members will be able to pick up their name badge and event agenda at the Lincoln Auditorium entrance. The Lincoln Auditorium Session will run from 8:30am to 10:00am and feature several interactive presentations and panels. Among the panel presentations will be a legislative leadership panel and a media pundits panel. The legislative leadership panel will feature representatives from House and Senate leadership and focus on what legislative leaders expect to happen during the 2017 Legislative Session. The media pundits panel will feature panelists from the press corps and provide insights into what the media sees as the driving issues of the 2017 Legislative Session.
After the Lincoln Auditorium Session, AIC will provide shuttle service from the Capitol to Boise Centre East for a legislative briefing for city officials. The legislative briefing will take place at 10:30am in room 410 in the Boise Centre East. AIC staff and other invited guests will update city officials on AIC’s legislative initiatives as well as legislative proposals from other stakeholder groups that affect cities.
A luncheon for city officials will take place at 12:00 pm in Boise Centre East Room 400. Because city officials will have had breakfast with their legislators earlier in the morning, this year’s City Officials Day Luncheon will be for city officials only. Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will be our keynote speaker..
Below you will find additional information about the event including the tentative agenda, event registration, lodging, parking, and shuttle logistics.
Event Registration: Registration for City Officials Day at the Capitol is open. AIC members can register for the event at the following website: http://idahocities.org/?page=CODC. Registration is $50 and covers the cost of breakfast, lunch and meeting materials. Please note that refunds will not be issued for registrations canceled after January 19, 2017.
Overnight Lodging: Those wishing to stay the night in Boise on the night of the 25th can make reservations for $91.00 a night at the Grove Hotel. For reservations please call (208) 489-2222 and ask for the Association of Idaho Cities room block. The deadline to make a reservation through the AIC room block is January 6, 2017.
Transportation Logistics: Parking downtown can be a challenge. AIC will arrange for a shuttle service to transport city officials staying at the Grove Hotel to and from the Idaho Capitol. A shuttle will leave the Grove Hotel to the Capitol every fifteen minutes from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Shuttle service will return from the Capitol to the Boise Centre from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Limited parking is also available around the Capitol including paid street parking directly adjacent to the Capitol. There is also a free parking lot with limited Capitol Mall three-hour parking spaces at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center located at 514 W Jefferson (parking lot entrances are located on N. 5th St, State Street, or N. 6th Street). Plan to arrive early if you plan on utilizing one of these prized free Capitol Mall parking spots.
Association of Idaho Cities
City Officials Day at the Capitol
Session 1: Breakfast Reception with Legislators from 7:00 am to 8:30 am at the Idaho State Capitol
7:00 am Breakfast Reception with Legislators – 4th Floor Rotunda, Idaho State Capitol
Come to the Capitol and accompany your legislators to the 4th Floor Rotunda and enjoy a breakfast reception in the historic Idaho Capitol. Stop by with your legislators for a bite to eat anytime between 7:00 am and 8:30 am. AIC will provide shuttle service from the Grove Hotel to the State Capitol every 15 minutes between 7:00am and 8:00 am to make the logistics of getting to and from the Capitol easier.
Session 2: Opening Session from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol
8:30 am Welcome and Introductions – Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, AIC President
8:45 am Overview of Capitol Building, Legislative Process, and Staffing – TBD
9:00 am Legislative Leadership Panel – TBD
9:30 am Media Pundits Panel – TBD
10:00 am Shuttle Service Back to Boise Centre
Session 3: Legislative Briefing and Luncheon for City Officials at the Boise Centre East
10:30 am AIC Legislative Briefing – Boise Centre East Room 410
AIC staff and invited guests from other legislative stakeholder groups will brief city officials on legislation affecting cities.
12:00 pm Luncheon for City Officials with Lt. Gov. Brad Little – Boise Centre East Room 400
Because city officials will have had breakfast with their legislators earlier in the morning, the luncheon will be structured differently this year. A special guest speaker will be invited to speak to city officials over lunch about the 2017 Legislative Session. Governor Otter has been invited to be our featured speaker; however, given his unpredictable schedule, his office has yet to confirm his attendance.
1:15 pm AIC Legislative Briefing – Boise Centre East Room 410
AIC staff will wrap up the legislative briefing and the membership will be invited to take positions on issues (as needed).
3:00 pm Adjourn