14 Aug A Message from the Mayor
Thank you for participating in the first series of Community Conversations on Growth.
I appreciate the way that you and many other citizens from across Boise came together to engage in a productive conversation with your neighbors about what you love about the City of Trees and what your concerns are for Boise.
Our facilitator, Dr. Jen Schneider, professor and co-director in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, has analyzed the data gathered at these three sessions and produced a report of her findings that offers a tremendously helpful window into the issues most important to us.
The four major themes from the workshops are housing affordability, transportation, cultural and environmental preservation and governance. I concur with the critical importance of each of these issues and encourage you to read the full report and draw your own conclusions.
It’s clear from these findings that Boise residents share a deep love for our city’s quality of living, but have concerns the themes listed above pose a risk to our future if we don’t work together to manage each of them carefully and thoughtfully.
I share that love for Boise and know we must address these challenges and others for our city to maintain its high livability. I’m confident that our city is up to the task of addressing each of them if we come together as we have in the past. And that’s why I’d like to invite you to sign up for the second round of Community Conversations on Growth that I’m announcing today.
Series Two, Session One
10 am – Noon
Saturday, August 25
Boise City Hall
Series Two, Session Two
6 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, August 28
Timberline High School
These sessions will explore in greater depth the four major themes that emerged from the first series of conversations, and will present specific growth scenarios so that participants can play a first-hand role in tackling the issues Boise is facing.
It’s vital that we chart a common path to address our city’s pressing needs: creating housing options within reach for all residents; providing convenient and achievable transportation choices; preserving our rich history and our spectacular natural environment; and ensuring that our government is fully responsive to the needs of our citizens.
Both workshops are open to all Boise residents and each session will include the same material, so you only need to sign up for one. We’ve expanded the capacity of the workshops, so there should be plenty of room. If both sessions fill, we will announce an additional opportunity.
I look forward to seeing where this endeavor takes us. Whatever the destination, I know that it will be authentic to our shared vision of Boise’s identity and true to our goal of making Boise the most livable city in the country.
David H. Bieter