We talk a lot about providing a more multi-modal transportation system, and I am frequently asked if we are making any progress. I can answer with a resounding, “yes”: we are making progress. You don’t need to look any further than this year’s Leadership in Motion award winners to see that we are definitely making strides in that direction.
The projects, organizations, and people honored at this year’s awards presentation reflect the spectrum of transportation options – roadways, transit, and bicycles and pedestrians. In addition, we honored the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) – an organization seemingly outside the transportation “world,” but whose work with youth on gardening and healthy, active living soundly supports the goals and vision of Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties.
While our winners are diverse, what they all have in common is a look toward the future. The individuals, agencies, and organizations have all looked beyond “what is” to “what could be,” and the Treasure Valley is, and will be, a better place for it. We are all indebted to these leaders for their foresight and fortitude to make our lives better.
I list our recipients below. I encourage you to visit http://www.compassidaho.org/comm/awards.htm to learn more about their accomplishments.
Leadership in Government, Canyon County
· City of Caldwell
o Ustick/Indiana Roundabout Project
Leadership in Government, Ada County
· Ada County Highway District
o Bicycle Education and Outreach Project
Leadership by Example, Private Business
· Gardner Company
Leadership by Example, Nonprofit
· Boise Urban Garden School
Leadership by Example, Elected Official
· Commissioner John S. Franden, Ada County Highway District
Leadership in Practice, Professional
· Matt Edmond, AICP, Ada County Highway District
Congratulations and thank you all for your vision and leadership.