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Wednesday, November 16
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
*Please note that NIFC is located 5 minutes from the airport. If you are arriving on an afternoon flight before 3pm, and don't have time to make it to the Grove hotel first, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know and we would be happy to make alternate arrangements for you so that you can still participate. The tour will start at 3pm at NIFC.
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is the nation's logistical and support center for wildland fire and sometimes, national emergencies. NIFC is the place where state, federal and tribal agencies work together to get fire personnel, aircraft, supplies and equipment from anywhere in the country to where they are needed the most.
NIFC doesn't fight fires. That work is the responsibility of local, federal, state, tribal, and community agencies. NIFC's primary mission is to provide cooperative leadership, technical expertise, people and equipment for national and international wildland fire management and emergency assistance. NIFC, then, is a place with a mission - to ensure that wildland firefighters everywhere have the support and information they need to be safe, effective and efficient.
Participants will depart from the Grove Hotel at 2:30pm to receive a tour of the NIFC facilities.
Friday, November 18
Public - Private Partnerships Economic Development Walking Tour. "Driven by Entrepreneurship"
9:30am - 11:30am
Cost: there is no charge for this tour
Boise Valley is home to some of the most innovative companies and entrepreneurial minds in the country, as well as many technology industry leaders. Recognizing that entrepreneurship is key to the area's continued economic growth, the Boise Valley is dedicated to creating a pro-business environment where ideas can take root and flourish. The walking tour will take participants to the following entrepreneurial sites, all funded through public-private partnerships:
Trailhead - a startup hub founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, created by a public-private partnership with the City of Boise. Trailhead is the place to find resources, explore new technologies, and create something all on your own.
JUMP - an acronym for Jack's Urban Meeting Place, is an interactive creative center and community gathering place, based on the idea that shared environments are an opportunity for people to learn and grow together. Its mission is to create an environment for inspiring human potential. JUMP is a vibrant, imaginative ecosystem - a place to imagine, innovate, adapt, and explore with the community around you. Participants will tour the state of the art innovation facilities.
Boise State University’s Computer Science Department - a modern and inviting learning environment, situated in the heart of Boise’s Technology Ecosystem. With demand for computer science graduates increasingly high in the Treasure Valley, Boise State University partnered with seven local high-tech companies to secure a $1 million state grant to double the number of CS graduates by the 2015-16 academic year. The facility provides computer science students with an unparalleled opportunity for internships and other interactions with industry.
Friday, November 18th
Idaho Power Grid Operations Center
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Idaho Power’s Boise Center West houses the company’s call center, dispatch and grid operations center. The grid operations center, which select attendees have the opportunity to tour, is where Idaho power manages its transmission, generation, and distribution resources to match electric supply to customer demand around the clock. This facility provides real-time insight into the intricacies of resource management, power production, transmission, and distribution on Idaho Power’s system.
Learn more about Idaho Power at idahopower.com
Friday, November 18
Boise State University Bronco's Football Game & Tailgate
7pm - 10pm
Join your PNWER friends and colleagues on the 50 yard line as the Boise State University Broncos take on the University of Nevada - Las Vegas Rebels at Albertson's Stadium in Boise. Since 1970, Boise State has played its home games in Albertson’s Stadium (also known as Bronco Stadium) which enjoys a reputation as one of the most difficult places in the country for opposing teams to play. The stadium is well known for its blue artificial surface. “The Blue,” as it is called by fans, is the only non-green playing surface in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and is one of the most distinguishing and enduring symbols of Boise State football. As of April 2016, the Broncos are 104-6 at home since the 1999 season. The Broncos won 47 straight home conference games from 1999 to 2011 and were undefeated in conference during their 10 years in the Western Athletic Conference.
Watching Boise State University football is a favorite past time for Idahoans, an important part of the local community and economy, and a must-see experience for visitors. PNWER has a limited number of tickets for purchase, located on the 2nd level, mid field on the 50 yard line. Get your tickets today to experience this exciting game. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. Details will follow for a possible tailgate reception before the game begins.
Saturday, November 19
World Center for Birds of Prey and Wine Tour
10am - 3:15pm
Depart for the World Center for Birds of Prey, located 20 minutes from downtown, for a guided tour of their interpretive center where they work to restore endangered birds and release them into the wild. The Center houses the largest captive flock of California Condors in the world. You will enjoy a live bird presentation and meet several other birds of prey during your visit.
The tour will then depart for the Snake River Valley Wine AVA in the well-traveled Sunnyslope Wine Region, just 40 minutes from Boise. Visit Ste. Chapelle Winery overlooking the beautiful Snake River, where you can taste several varieties of wine; take home a signature wine glass and shop for wine accessories in the shop.
Next, travel to Huston Idaho, home of the Huston Vineyards, a boutique vineyard and winery established in 2006. Wine tasting will also be set up for your enjoyment at this small, family owned facility that produces some very fine wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah were planted and thrive on the rich volcanic soil and long sunny days.
The tour will return to Boise by approximately 3:15pm. Boxed lunches will be provided on the tour.