Intermountain Gas Company
Scott Madison, Executive VP

A friend is considering moving to the Treasure Valley. What’s your elevator pitch on why he or she should?

Boise is a rapidly growing city with a great quality of life and a very mild four-season climate. It has a vibrant Downtown, which is continuing to transform into an active urban shopping and residential center. We are blessed with world-class outdoor recreation literally outside our front door. This includes whitewater rafting, skiing, fishing and hunting. In addition, the city has a rapidly developing art scene and new parks and another library opening this summer.

What’s your favorite piece of public art and where in the world is it?

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Calif.

What’s your go-to book to give a friend?

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” In my opinion, it is the greatest book of the 20th century in American literature and an enduring classic. It details the striving nature of the American spirit while exposing some of the harsh realities just beneath the surface of American life. It is a book you can read throughout your life and take profound meaning from it each time. It means something different to you in high school, college, young adulthood and middle age. Second place would be John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”

If you could change one thing about the Treasure Valley, what would it be and why?

I would encourage our governmental organizations to work together to continue to provide solutions to the citizens of the Treasure Valley. This includes state, county, city and other organizations. Too many times we allow turf wars and personalities to interfere with what is best for the citizens. I encourage elected and appointed leaders to work together to find solutions to the problems facing our area. These include our homeless population, disadvantaged and abused children, transportation solutions and infrastructure growth and maintenance.

One of our area’s treasures is the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do here?

My favorite activities in Boise include trail running, running on our world-class Greenbelt and taking advantage of the great golf courses in the city.

McCall and Sun Valley provide world-class skiing, fishing and summer recreation. The Owyhee Canyonlands and desert provide a unique and beautiful camping and recreational experience. The list of outdoor activities available to us is truly remarkable.

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

The community spirit and generous support enjoyed by the many nonprofit organizations. The willingness of neighbors to help each other and the high value placed on our outstanding quality of life.

Name one local business leader you most admire, and tell us why.

Gary Michaels, for his unwavering and monumental support for the city of Boise and the state of Idaho.

What positive feedback has your company received about Together Treasure Valley?

Even with all the advertising, I think we are still relatively unknown. I still get questions on what the newspaper ads are about and what the organization is. I believe it will take ongoing support for the organization for it to become well known in the community.

Together Treasure Valley had about 100 requests to place the 50 benches we bought for the area. Did that reaction surprise you and where are you looking most forward to seeing the benches?

Yes! New Boise Metro Chamber Office.

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