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We are still recovering from the 2014 Grow Smart Awards held in Boise on November 13: a wonderful event that was very well attended in spite of the 8 inches of snow falling in the valley! Thanks again to everyone who came out, and to all the sponsors and volunteers! Congratulations to all of the winners! You can read about the event, and see some of volunteer Diane Ronayne’s photos, at our website here.
Upcoming events:
James Corless
We are excited to have a visit next week from James Corless, the director of Transportation for America (T4America), and we want to invite interested members to meet him and hear his thoughts about transportation challenges in the U.S., in Idaho and in Boise. The talk is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Boise City Hall, 3rd Floor, River Room

More information on T4America is available here.
Peter Koonce  
We are co-sponsors for programs next week featuring Peter Koonce, a transportation engineer from Portland, Oregon, in town to provide training in multimodal transportation accommodation. Peter will present a lecture on “the DNA of City Streets: Rethinking the Use of Street Right of Way.” The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: Jordan Ballroom, Boise State University

More information on Peter’s talk is available on our website here.
Holiday Social
We are joining with members of the Urban Land Institute Idaho Council and U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter for informal holiday cheer:

Date: Tuesday, December 9
Time: 5-8 pm
Location: Kindness bar in the Owyhee on Main Street in Boise.

All ISG members and friends are invited to this no-host event. More information is available on our website here.
Giving Tuesday 
You have no doubt been reminded that today is #GivingTuesday, and you can join the crowd and “be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.” Or you can remember that Idaho Smart Growth is dependent on the generous support of our friends and sponsors, and we are grateful for any extra donation you can give, today or any day! Try our convenient online portal here.
Other news:
Ballot successes: Here’s a re-cap of smart growth measures in the recent election nationwide. Overall, voters strongly supported smart growth principles, and appear willing to pay for them.
Comment: Valley Regional Transit (Boise metro) seeks comments on its ACCESS service, a complement to ValleyRide's regular bus system for people who are unable to utilize the bus system because of a disability. More information here.
Attend: American Planning Association webinars at COMPASS (Meridian); tomorrow’s is on development pro formas. More information here.
Comment: ACHD is asking for public input for a section of the Emerald Street Corridor (Boise). More information here.
Comment: The city of Boise is looking for input on its first-ever management plan for Boise’s open space reserves. More information here.
Coming Up:
December 2nd:
Giving Tuesday

December 9th:
Holiday Social

December 10th:
James Corless lecture

December 10th:
Peter Koonce lecture

Thank you to the following volunteers for helping out at the Grow Smart Awards:

Diane Ronayne
Pete Friedman
Reiley Wagenhals
Connie Richardson
David Guiotto
Jenna Nash
Brent Marchbanks
And thank you to our sponsors!

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