Little appoints James Cawthon to Fourth Judicial District. Governor Brad Little announced the appointment of James S. Cawthon, Jr., as District Judge to the Fourth Judicial District Court.

“Judge Cawthon’s extensive experience as a magistrate and with specialty courts makes him extremely qualified for this position,” Governor Little said. “The Fourth Judicial District will be well-served by his continued tenure in Idaho’s judicial system.”

Prior to his appointment as magistrate judge in 2004, Judge Cawthon was a career prosecutor for 13 years in Texas and Idaho. He received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. The Fourth Judicial District includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties.

Idaho Economic Advisory Council announces October meeting. The Idaho Economic Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m. and October 10 at 8:30 a.m. MST to review a Tax Reimbursement Incentive application and discuss Community Development Block Grant updates. The meeting will be held in Idaho Falls at Residence Inn Taylor Crossing West conference room. (635 W Broadway, Idaho Falls, ID 83402)

The TRI application review will be held in Executive Session due to the proprietary company information discussed, pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)(d) to review records exempt from public disclosure under Idaho Code Sections 74-107(1), 74-107(6), and/or 67-4708. Upon approval by the EAC, the TRI awards would be announced in coordination with the company’s announcement timeline. View the full agenda here.

The Idaho Economic Advisory Council advises the Governor and Idaho Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. The council makes recommendations to the Governor on applications for block grant funding and reviews industrial revenue bond allocations. Additionally, council members advise their regions on economic development opportunities and represent their interests to state government.

For the full list of the Idaho Commerce Economic Advisory Council members, click here. To learn more about Community Development Block Grant funding, click here. To learn more about the Idaho Tax Reimbursement Incentive, click here.

Governor’s Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group to hold second meeting. Governor Brad Little’s Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group, established by executive order, will hold its second meeting on October 9 in Meridian. 

The public meeting is scheduled to run 8 a.m. to 2p.m. MST at the Idaho State University Health Science Center located at 1311 East Central Dr. in Meridian in Room 681 for the Advisory Group and 682 for the Public.

The advisory group is tasked with researching, evaluating, and providing the Governor recommendations on twelve specific matters related to opioid and substance misuse in Idaho.

“Our first meeting really laid the groundwork and established a common foundation of knowledge,” says Advisory Group Chair and Administrator of the Office of Drug Policy, Melinda Smyser. “This meeting will dive deeper into the Governor’s charges and prioritizing those the group feels it can provide actionable recommendations on within the next four months.”

Agendas, meeting materials, and other information about the advisory group is available on the web site for the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy at this link:

Gov. Brad Little’s public calendar for the week of October 7-11

TUESDAY, October 8, 2019

Governor Little will deliver the keynote address at The Governor's Summit on the Future of Work: Age of Agility at the Boise Centre at 12 p.m.

Governor Little will moderate the Boise Startup Week panel, “Innovation Leads with Higher Ed,” a fireside chat with university presidents, JUMP Pioneer Room, 6th floor, at 5 p.m.

THURSDAY, October 10, 2019

Governor Little will meet with the Land Board Reinvestment Subcommittee in the State Capitol room EW40 at 8:30 a.m.