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Boise State To Host International Economic Summit For High School Students

More than 500 Treasure Valley high school students will be immersed in international trade from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24 during the spring International Economic Summit at Boise State University.

The Idaho Council on Economic Education will turn Taco Bell Arena into a highly competitive global marketplace where student teams will serve as “economic consultants” to 100 countries.  Their mission – to improve the standard of living of their country by applying the principles and strategies of international economics, politics and street-smart deal making.

Visitors are welcome to observe the summit that will culminate in an awards ceremony featuring Tom Luna, superintendent of the Idaho State Department of Education. Summits also will be held April 19 in Twin Falls, May 2 in Meridian and Pocatello, and May 7 in Moscow.

Student teams representing their countries will compete to form free market trade alliances, engage in rapid-fire export import trading, borrow from the Summit Bank, choose how to invest scarce resources in the most important long-term country development projects and demonstrate the power of knowledge and education when it comes to global economic competition.

The Idaho Council on Economic Education has served as an outreach program and center for Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and the College of Education since 1971. Each year, more than 20,000 high school, and a few university students, participate in one of the Economic Summit programs offered by Boise State and the Council for Economic Education.

In addition to events in Idaho, the ICEE holds summits at University of Southern California, San Jose State University, Patriot Place in Massachusetts and Mississippi State University.

For more information, visit or call the Idaho Council on Economic Education at (208) 426-1193.


Media contact: Sherry Squires, University Communications, (208) 426-1563,

About Boise State University
As an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction, Boise State University plays a crucial role in the region’s economic development and famed quality of life. Idaho’s largest institution of higher education offers nearly 200 degrees and certificates in seven colleges. While remaining committed to the strong teaching legacy that has resulted in 11 Idaho Professor of the Year awards since 1990, Boise State’s added emphasis on innovation and creativity is fueling the fastest growing research program in Idaho.

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