IDAHO STATE COUNCIL 

Chairman: Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter

ERIC ANDERSON, COMMISSIONER
IDAHO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

BRODY ASTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS

IVAN CASTILLO, CHAIRMAN
IDAHO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BISHOP PETER F. CHRISTENSEN,
DIOCESE OF BOISE

BILL CONNORS, CEO
BOISE METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

JUAN CARLOS DUQUE, CEO
CAPITALWORKSHOP

MATT ELLSWORTH
AMERICAN MINING & EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION

REPRESENTATIVE MAT ERPELDING, ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER
IDAHO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

KARIANNE FALLOW, CEO
UNITED DAIRYMEN OF IDAHO

MARC GIBBS, FARMER AND REPRESENTATIVE
IDAHO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CELIA GOULD, DIRECTOR
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Peter Grubb, Cuba Travel Specialist
ROW Adventures/Cuba Unbound

MIKE KENNEDY, PRESIDENT
INTERMAX NETWORKS

GREG KOENIG, OWNER
KOENIG VINEYARDS

RYAN STurMAN, OWNER
STURMAN’S SMOKESHOP

KEVIN LOVELESS, OWNER
GLOBAL TRAVEL

Dr. Uwe Reischl, Professor, Community and Environmental Health
Boise State University

Frank Muir, President
Idaho Potato Commission

Arthur F. "skip" Oppenheimer, Chairman/CEO
Oppenheimer Companies Inc.

Senator Jim Patrick, Chairman of Senate Commerce Committee
Idaho State Senate

Marty Peterson, former state budget director
The Hemingway Society

Port of Lewiston

Dan Prinzing, Executive Director
Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

Chance Requa, Farmer
Requa Farms

Jim Rice, Chairman
Idaho Senate Agricultural Committee

Megan Ronk, Director
Idaho Department of Commerce

Dr. Mark Rudin, Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Boise State University

Stacey Satterlee, Executive Director
Idaho Grain Producers Association

Terri Schorzmann, Director, Department of Arts & History
City of Boise

Bryan Searle, President
Idaho Farm Bureau

KARINA SOteras
Casablanca Cuban Grill

 

 


Idaho & Cuba in the News

Press release: Engage Cuba, State Leaders Launch Idaho State Council

Idaho's Champions

Op-Ed: Idaho Statesman: Remove federal restrictions, let Idaho do more with Cuba

by Megan Ronk and Celia Gould

The Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA) began the first small but critical step toward the United States reestablishing meaningful ties with Cuba.

Idaho Press-Tribune: Idaho Leaders Should Push End to Cuba Trade Embargo

Some of Idaho’s top business, government and agricultural leaders are taking what might be an unpopular position with some Idahoans in their push to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba.

AP, Idaho Statesman, Fox, KSL: New Idaho Council Seeks to End Cuba Embargo

Engage Cuba on Thursday in Boise announced the launch of Engage Cuba Idaho State Council. So far, 10 other groups have been formed in primarily Republican-dominated states since last year. 

KIVI-TV: Engage Cuba Idaho state council meets for the first time, strategizes better business with Cuba

The distance between Boise and Havana is more than 2,300 miles, but business, cultural and political leaders in Engage Cuba Idaho State Council gathered to discuss and take advantage of the warming political and business relations with Cuba. 

KTVB: Engage Cuba enlists Idaho

The call to end the Cuban trade and travel embargo just got another voice, with the launch of the Engage Cuba Idaho State Council.

The Spokesman-Review: New Idaho Group Calls for an End to Travel and Trade Bans on Cuba

An array of Idaho state and business leaders launched the Engage Cuba Idaho State Council on Thursday, following the lead of 10 other states pushing for Congress to end the travel and trade ban on Cuba. 

The Spokesman-Review: End Cuba trade embargo

The trade embargo with Cuba might be defensible, if it worked. But in the six decades of its existence, it never has. 

Boise Weekly: Destination Cuba: Idaho watches Obama's historic Havana trip with great interest

History is being made in Cuba, as President Barack Obama arrives Sunday in Havana, making him the first United States president since Calvin Coolidge to visit the island nation. 

Idaho Statesman: Visiting Cuba: "We're punishing the wrong people."  

Cuban joke #1: Before the revolution, we had a wealthy class, a middle class, and a huge class of the poor. Then came the revolution and now we are all equal. Everybody’s poor.

Boise Weekly: Otter, eight other governors urging Congress to lift Cuba trade embargo

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who has more than a passing acquaintance with Cuba after having traveled there as a U.S. congressman and as governor, has reached out to leadership in the U.S. House and Senate calling for a complete lift of the travel ban and trade embargo on Cuba. 

Idaho Press-Tribune: Idaho leaders should push to end Cuba trade embargo

Some of Idaho’s top business, government and agricultural leaders are taking what might be an unpopular position with some Idahoans in their push to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba. 

 

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Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter (R)

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act