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June Workshops Will Further the Community Conversation on Growth

Boiseans are very proud of their city – and for good reason since it’s become widely seen as one of the most successful cities in America. That success has many benefits including diversity, vibrancy, low unemployment and a strong local economy.

But we must ensure that success does not impact our livability. We want to know how the changes we are seeing are affecting our residents so that we can work together as a community to protect the things we all love about Boise – the Foothills, the Boise River, our ease of travel and our small-town atmosphere.

That’s why this week we invited Boise residents to participate in one of the moderated community workshops later this month as part of a larger community conversation on growth. As expected, the response to these workshops has been robust. In fact, within 24 hours the first two, scheduled for June 20 and June 26, were full. 

As a result, we’re scheduling a third session to give more Boiseans an opportunity to participate. Here are the details:

Community Workshop No. 3
Thursday, June 28
6 - 8 p.m.
Boise State University, Student Union Building, Lookout Room
1700 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725


Residents who signed up for the waitlist to the first two workshops were given the first opportunity to register for this additional workshop, but many slots are still available. If this workshop also sells out, we will consider additional opportunities in the future. 

Downtown Boise


We are holding these workshops to get a deeper understanding of residents’ thoughts and priorities on growth and engage in a conversation about its benefits and challenges. We want to provide residents better context around how the City of Boise manages growth through its comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise. And finally, we want to define a path forward that continues to protect those things that make Boise so special.

I’m very pleased that Dr. Jen Schneider, a professor of public policy and administration in Boise State University’s School of Public Service, has agreed to facilitate these conversations. And we think the format, which is modeled on the World Cafe method for hosting large group dialogue, will help make the discussion civil and productive.

The pride Boiseans – all of us – have in our city never fails to astonish me. I hope that you will come together with your fellow citizens and join in this important conversation about our city’s future. And thank you, as always, for everything you do to help make Boise the most livable city in the country.


Man in gray suit




David H. Bieter

Published: June 08, 2018