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Reasons to be Thankful

Those of us lucky enough to call Boise home have plenty to be thankful for as we approach the holidays.


Boise is widely recognized as one of the most successful cities in the country. Our natural setting is extraordinary – as is our embrace and protection of it through our parks, policies and lifestyle. Our community is one of the safest in the nation. Our economy is strong with the creation of good-paying jobs, thriving entrepreneurs and robust investment. And our public art programs, museums, the opera and theatre, our nightlife and music scene all create a rich and dynamic cultural life in our city.

In fact, just this past week, Partners for Livable Communities, a national non-profit, recognized Boise as one of the country’s most livable communities in the country.

But for me, the thing I am most proud of and most thankful for as a lifelong Boisean is how deeply our residents – all of you -- care about this community. You care about your neighborhoods and your neighbors. You embrace diversity and kindness. You help those who are less fortunate. You are engaged in our schools, as volunteers and in our civic life. To me, your passion for making Boise a great place to live, work and raise a family is the real secret ingredient behind our city’s continued success.

View of downtown Boise


With the holiday season upon us, many in our community will need a helping hand. Thankfully, we have many wonderful partners across the city who do amazing and wonderful work – but they all need our support. You and your family and friends can do a lot for those served by these organizations through your time, money and effort – please take a look at this list to find out how you can do more.

Being the mayor of my hometown is the greatest honor my life – and every day I’m thankful to all of you for the opportunity to help make Boise better. There is no city in the world with better residents. And in my opinion, there is no better city in the world than Boise, Idaho.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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David H. Bieter, Mayor

Published: November 15, 2018