Signing an agreementWe, the undersigned members of the Treasure Valley Partnership, hereby reaffirm our commitment to the 1997 Partnership Agreement. Our Partnership is dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration and agrees that:

We are part of one region, the Treasure Valley.

We recognize the need to adapt and be dynamic in responding to change in our region.

We must maintain and value our individual community identities within this region unless we work together as a region we will lose our unique community identities.

We can maximize the benefits of growth, while protecting our region and communities from costly sprawl.

We already have some tools to address today and future challenges, but must also develop new tools.

We appreciate Boise City’s commitment to providing community and cultural opportunities for Treasure Valley residents, and we’ll work together to expand those opportunities elsewhere in the region.

We will develop collaborations, while strengthening established cooperative activities in such areas as:

Parks, open space and trails
Water supply and quality
Air quality
Public safety
Storm water drainage
Drug abuse prevention
Emergency management and disaster preparedness.

We will establish a dialogue in our communities to make further regional progress.
The Treasure Valley’s economic vitality offers us both challenges and opportunities.

In particular, the region need to work together to achieve four major goals.

Goal 1. Create Coherent Regional Growth and Development Patterns.

We will:

jointly review our individual comprehensive plans, comparing them against realistic growth projections and individual community goals;

coordinate our planning for and investment in waste water treatment infrastructure;
work together to manage storm water runoff;

work together to conserve ground water reserves;

explore options for local finance initiatives and regional revenue sharing;

explore the possibility and impact of establishing growth boundaries.

Goal 2. Link Land Use and Transportation.

We will:

document unmet needs for regional transit service improve coordination of existing services to meet those needs work with major employers to encourage transit use;

create a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails that link the Boise River Greenbelt, other waterways, the foothills, and rail corridors throughout the Treasure Valley;

develop policies to coordinate street and highway design with adjacent land uses;

define future transit and development opportunities along the Short Line corridor, and report on them in conjunction with the October trial of the RegioSprinter;

prepare for additional transportation funding and decision-making authority that should become available to the region after the 2000 Census.

Goal 3. Reinforce our Community Identities and Sense of Place.

We will:

work with the Treasure Valley community to define a vision for the region’s future through this visioning process;

establish a flagship goal to serve as the focal point for regional planning and economic development

Goal 4. Protect and Enhance Open Space and Recreational Opportunities.

We will:

coordinate and promote existing activities and facilities;

publicize and build upon existing cooperative efforts;

encourage acquisition and preservation of interconnected and coordinated open space.

Goal 5. Educate, Reach Out and Build Support for the Partnership Vision.

We will:

share ideas and strategies with other elected officials;

involve the general public and neighborhoods;

engage the business community;

include appropriate agencies and staff.

To carry forward the work of the Treasure Valley Partnership, we will:

share this agreement with our fellow Council and Commission Members;

meet monthly to review progress and coordinate activities.





The undersigned, acting as the incorporator of a nonprofit corporation (“Corporation”) organized under and pursuant to the Idaho Nonprofit Corporation Act, Title 30, Chapter 3, Idaho Code (“Act”), adopts the following Articles of Incorporation for the Corporation.


The name of the Corporation is Treasure Valley Partnership, Inc.


The Corporation is a nonprofit corporation.


The period of duration of the Corporation is perpetual.


The location of this Corporation is in the City of Boise, County of Ada, State of Idaho. The address of the initial registered office is at 6145 Glencrest Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83703 and the name of the initial registered agent at this address is Elizabeth Conner.


The purposes for which the Corporation is organized and will be operated are as follows:

A. This organization is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
B. To enlist the support, involvement, talents, and efforts of community and civic leaders in the Treasure Valley region and thereby facilitate cooperation among counties, municipalities and other political divisions of the State of Idaho so that regional issues, events, problems, and opportunities can be handled in ways that best serve the public interest.
C. To open, operate, and staff an office for the purpose of carrying on Corporate business on a day to day basis.
D. To exercise all powers granted by law necessary and proper to carry out the above-stated purposes, including but not limited to the power to accept donations of money, property, whether real or personal, or any other thing of value. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to authorize or permit the Corporation to carry on any business for profit, to exercise any power, or to do any act that a corporation formed under the Act, or any amendment thereto or substitute therefore, may not at that time lawfully carry on or do.


Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a charitable organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law) or (b) by a charitable organization contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law). No part of the net earnings or the assets of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or other private persons except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article V. hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.


The Corporation’s members shall consist of municipalities and county governments in Ada and Canyon Counties who desire to participate in and contribute to the Corporation. Members shall be represented by one (1) individual whom the member shall elect and designate. Initially, the members and representatives are as follows:

Vern Bisterfeldt, Ada County
Brent Coles, City of Boise
Bob Corrie, City of Meridian
Ted Ellis, City o£ Garden City
Maxme Horn, City of Nampa
Garrett Nancolas, City of Caldwell
Laurale Neal, City of Kuna
Marq Ross, City of Star
Todd Lakey, Canyon County
Rick Yzaguirre, City of Eagle

The members shall have such rights as are provided in the Act and are consistent with the management authority that these Articles grant to the Board of Directors of the Corporation.


The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The representative designated by a member pursuant to Article VII of these Articles shall serve as a Director and be appointed by each member for a three (3) year term. Each Director shall hold office until the end of the term or until a successor shall be appointed. The actual number of Directors shall be fixed by the Bylaws of the Corporation. Other than the Directors constituting the initial Board of Directors, who are designated in these Articles, the Directors shall, in the event of vacancies, be appointed in the manner and for the term provided in the Bylaws of the Corporation.

The names and street addresses of the persons constituting the initial Board of Directors

Vern Bisterfeldt, Ada County, W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
Brent Coles,City of Boise, N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702
Bob Corrie, City of Meridian, E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID 83642
Ted Ellis, City of Garden City , E 50, Boise, ID 83714
Maxine Horn, City of Nampa, 3rd St South, Nampa, ID 83651
Garrett Nancolas, City of Caldwell, Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605
Laurale Neal, City of Kuna, W 3rd St, Kuna, ID 83634
Marq Ross, City of Star P.O. Box,, Star, ID 83669
Todd Lakey, Canyon County, Albany, Caldwell, ID 83605
Rick Yzaguirre, City of Eagle, East State, Eagle, ID 83616


Members shall make contributions to the Corporation in amounts or proportions, payable at such times, or intervals, and by such methods as the Board of Directors may prescribe. Said contributions shall be made in compliance with any and all applicable state and federal laws and local laws applicable to the political subdivisions who are members.


On the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment of, or provision for payment of, all debts and liabilities of this corporation, shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes which has established its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, the board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all liabilities of the Corporation, distribute all the assets of the Corporation consistent with the purposes of the Corporation as set forth in Article V. in such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so distributed shall be distributed by the district court of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, as such court shall determine to be consistent with the purposes of the Corporation.