Prior to joining Boise State University, Fry was a Blaine County resident and a co-founder of Sustain Blaine (now Sun Valley Economic Development). As a co-founder, Fry focused on creating a regional economic development strategy for all of Blaine County. Fry’s current work and research at IPI focuses on the role of multi-sector, evidence-based solutions in addressing persistent social, environmental and economic issues.
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The Sun Valley Economic Development annual summit was Nov. 2 in Sun Valley. This year’s summit, “National Trends – Local Responses,” focused on critical factors the Sun Valley region needs to consider for future economic viability. Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) assistant director, Vanessa Fry, participated in a panel discussion titled “Challenges and Opportunities: Planning for Future Changes in Our Ecosystem.” Fry provided insight into policy alternatives that may be useful in supporting a year round economy, talent attraction and workforce housing.