CEO of Destination Caldwell and former Economic Development Specialist for the City of Caldwell will run for Canyon County Commissioner, District 2, on the Republican ticket in the Primary on May 19, 2020.
Born and raised in Canyon County, Keri Smith has made community involvement her career. Her experience is versatile and has prepared her to lead the County with 10 years as a County employee in Development Services and Information Technologies, 2 years as the State Floodplain Coordinator, and 3 with the City of Caldwell, Economic Development.
A co-founder of Destination Caldwell, Smith served as the first president of the board of directors until 2016, and has remained as an ex officio member since then. Destination Caldwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who’s mission is to position Caldwell as Idaho’s premier gathering place. During her tenure, Keri has actively recruited businesses to downtown Caldwell to spur economic development, worked collaboratively with the City of Caldwell’s Mayor and City Council, and directed the policy, financial management and operations of Indian Creek Plaza.
Under Keri’s leadership, Destination Caldwell and Indian Creek Plaza have brought millions of dollars of revenue to the City of Caldwell, both through business recruitment and event planning. Boasting Idaho’s only ice skating ribbon, downtown Caldwell now draws crowds in by the thousands.
Smith says that she is dedicated to uniting members of the community in order to have robust discussion on what’s best for its citizens. “I am incredibly fortunate to have grown up in Canyon County and now give back to our communities. Each day I look for ways to promote our town, to find new and exciting things that our area has to offer, and contribute to the community where my children are being raised. It’s this work that has inspired me to run for public office, where we have the opportunity to work together to find dynamic and new solutions Countywide.”