one) Query the database to get the list of items for display in the <select> dropdown. If you'll be using the <select> to pass values (which is usually the case) make sure you're also getting the appropriate values.
<cfquery datasource="#datasource# name="list"> SELECT Item, Value FROM ItemTable ORDER BY Item </cfquery>
two) Code the <select> box to fill with your query data. The usual parts of
come first, as well as the optional static first item:
Then use <cfoutput> to loop through the results of the query, adding another <option> for each record returned.