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Boise featured in Smart Growth America report

Boise is profiled in Amazing Place, a new report that shows how six U.S. cities are using placemaking for economic development. The report was compiled by Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit organization. Idaho Smart Growth provided assistance with the report.

Boise, Denver, Greenville, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Pittsburgh are all using smart growth strategies to help grow their economies. Amazing Place takes a look at what those strategies are, and how communities anywhere can use this approach to attract residents, support existing businesses and encourage entrepreneurship.

Click here to see the full report.
Meridian Placemaking

Meridian launches the first placemaking pilot project downtown on E. Idaho Avenue between 2nd Street and Main from their Placemaking Downtown plan that Idaho Smart Growth helped create. Visit downtown Meridian and check out this lighter, quicker, cheaper approach to creating more space for people with parklets, without losing parking spaces.
Announcing our Citizen’s Planning Academy

Created in partnership with the University of Idaho College of Law, the Citizen's Planning Academy will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at U of I’s downtown Boise Law Center. Our first session will be Wednesday, August 3rd. The topic is “How to Work Effectively with ACHD.” More details to come!
Other News

Ada County Highway District is reviewing its budget and there are opportunities for public involvement:
  • Detailed budget overview by staff on July 13th from around 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Public open house on July 28th from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the ACHD hearing room.
  • Budget hearing on August 24th at 6:00 p.m.
The public are welcome to attend any or all of these work sessions. Please contact Deanna Smith if you would like more information.
Next week, Transportation for America will release Falling Forward: A Guide To the FAST Act, a new guidebook intended to help you understand the changes made in 2015’s five-year transportation law. Join them for a webinar on Thursday, July 14th at 4 p.m. as they discuss the FAST Act with policy experts and other special guests who will add insight on what the bill means for local communities. More info here.
Ada County will be hosting a series of 3 open houses to obtain public input on the draft Ada County 2025 Comprehensive Plan. Click here for more info on time and place.
There's still time to submit your transportation photos to Treasure Valley: On the Go! COMPASS wants to see how you're getting around the Treasure Valley. Deadline for submissions is July 31st. More info here.
Would you like to comment on a project that Idaho Department of Transportation is proposing for your area? You can read about their upcoming projects, see the projects in your area and make comments, on their website
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City of Sandpoint
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