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Thank you for a great 2015!

We are excited about what we accomplished in 2015 and looking forward to expanding that work in the coming year as we continue to partner with communities around the state to help them find their own voices in a range of discussions on land use practices, transportation systems and building a sense of place.

And we can't do it without you! Your support allows us to further our work and reach more Idaho communities. So, from the entire staff and board here at Idaho Smart Growth: thank you! We look forward to working with you in 2016.  

If you'd like to know more about what we're working on, visit our website and Facebook page for current updates.
Join Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, Conservation Voters for Idaho, and Idaho Smart Growth for an informative conference call on Tuesday, January 19th. Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth will explain the new five-year federal transportation bill signed into law last December in an easy to understand, common sense approach. Courtney Washburn of Conservation Voters for Idaho will host a discussion on what we can expect at the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session that is just now beginning. 

When: Tuesday, January 19th at 1:00PM MT
What: Informational Conference call with Q&A
Who: Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth and Courtney Washburn of Conservation Voters for Idaho 

To join the call, dial 712-432-0140, use participant access code #591844#
CTAI Annual Conference
Hold the date for the Community Transportation Association of Idaho’s 2016 conference, Feb. 22-24 at Boise State University. CTAI is a member-driven nonprofit advocating for a safe, convenient, healthy and environmentally friendly network of multimodal transportation options across Idaho. The 2016 Conference will include legislative advocacy, leadership development and educational seminars. Early Bird registration has been extended to Jan. 15, and scholarships are still available. More info here.
Do Bicyclists Pay Their Share of Transportation Costs? 

Our friends at Idaho Walk Bike Alliance are looking at how much bicyclists pay toward our transportation system. If you are an Idaho resident, bicyclist or not, please take their short survey here. The survey ends on February 15th.
Online Planning Course

The University of Idaho planning program is offering its first fully online planning course, focusing on the “nuts and bolts” of planning and what you can do to help communities prepare a strategy for effectively organizing and responding to the challenges of the present and the future. The course will be open to students and practitioners and will be available on January 13. More information here or by e-mail from Jaap Vos, program head, at
WealthWorks Northwest 

University of Idaho Extension and Oregon State University Extension Service and Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) are inviting rural communities in Idaho to participate in the WealthWorks Northwest (WWNW) program.

WWNW is a community driven effort to regional economic development that connects rural assets to market demands in ways that build multiple forms of wealth. Two regional workshops will be held in 2016 to introduce the WWNW approach: February 19 in Caldwell or February 26 in Pocatello. Click here for more info.
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