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Chris Blanchard
Chris Blanchard

Chris Blanchard is an urban scholar, writer, and commentator based in Boise, ID. He completed the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies at Portland State University. Previously he earned a B.S. in Social Science (Economics and History) with Distinguished Honors, and an M.A. in Applied Historical Research, both at Boise State University. His government experience includes staff positions with the Washington State House of Representatives and Senate, and the Boise City Council, among others. Current research interests include economic development strategies for small and medium size cities, and growth and urban politics in the Intermountain West. He is also at work on a biography of Morrison-Knudsen co-founder, Harry Morrison. Chris lives with his wife, pit bulls, and way too many cats on the “Bench” in Boise, Idaho.