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The Idaho Smart Growth Board of Directors met this week and approved the budget for 2015, which reflects an ambitious look ahead for this organization. We are expecting to step up to opportunities presented in our work in two main strategic areas of focus: Moving Idaho Forward and Healthy Communities. We will be working closer with more people around the state to help deal with local land use, mobility and community design issues. It will be an exciting year for ISG.
 
We are only able to consider building in more activity this year because we enjoy an exceptionally solid organizational footing. This position of strength is due to the hard work of our board and staff—current and past—and to the support of the friends, volunteers and donors who believe in the work. We are grateful for all you have done to get ISG to this place, and we look forward to working with you more in 2015!
 
Stay tuned, and stay engaged! 

--Scot Oliver
Do you live in the Idaho Falls area? 

We may be in your neck of the woods in early February for some work with the city. We hope to have a public gathering for our local friends—stay tuned!
Neighborhood 2 Market 2015

Our first Neighborhood 2 Market ride of 2015 will be on Saturday, May 9th. Neighborhood 2 Market is a program that organizes bike rides from neighborhoods to local farmers markets. Check out the N2M Facebook page, where we will be posting specific information about scheduled rides as it becomes available. 
New Mobility West announces recipients of 2015 Winter Technical Assistance 

The recipients are:
  • Cascade, Idaho
  • Durango, Colorado
  • East Missoula, Montana
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
Communities were selected through a competitive application process and they will receive free technical assistance this winter. For more information, click here
Other news:

Development Opportunity
 
Boise’s redevelopment agency has issued a bid invitation for a development team with ideas for property it owns on 14th Street in downtown Boise, in an “urban neighborhood envisioned as a mixed-use area with residential, office, and neighborhood retail uses.” Click here for more info.


American Planning Association Webinar: "Safe Mobility Planning"

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm MDT
Where: Meridian City Hall, Conference Rooms A & B, 33 E. Broadway, Meridian

More transportation options can mean new safety issues; this webinar explores safety and accessibility concerns and how plans for transportation, capital improvements, and long-term goals can merge to improve safety. This webinar is part of a series offered to the public by COMPASS; please reply to Christina Torkelson (ctorkelson@compassidaho.org) or call (208) 475-2232.


ACHD to host Emerald and Americana open house 

When: January 27th from 5-7pm
Where: Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue at 11 North Latah Street

Earlier this winter, ACHD conducted a public survey to get opinions on the feasibility of reducing traffic lanes on Emerald and Americana to accommodate bike lanes. They used the survey to develop a concept for reconfiguration of that area, and they will be presenting it at an open house for public review and comment. More information here

Additionally, there are proposals to get 
bike lanes on Kootenai from Vista to Federal Way. This will help connect the Bench to the Federal Way pathway and the valley.
 
Send comments to Peter Blake at ACHD: pblake@achd.org. The deadline is Jan. 29thMore information here.
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