Thursday, August 11, 2016

Who is working to make your future brighter? Nominate them for a Leadership in Motion award!

Think for a moment about what you saw out your window yesterday and what stories you have seen in the news. I’m willing to bet that, like me, much of what you saw, heard, and read had something to do with preparing for our future – road construction, new buildings, discussions of the millennial generation and what changes they will bring, emerging technologies, business expansion, maintaining our quality of life, and more.

At COMPASS, we are always looking to – and planning for – the future of Ada and Canyon Counties. You need look no further than the top of our website to see what we are all about – “working together to plan for the future.”

Our main tool for planning for the future is Communities in Motion – the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. This plan looks 20+ years into the future to plan not only for transportation, but also for those elements that affect, or are affected by, transportation, such as housing, economic development, and health.

However, we certainly aren’t the only ones with an eye toward the future.

Each year, through the COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards, we honor those people and projects who, like us, are planning for the future and implementing Communities in Motion.

To do that, we need your help. For someone to receive an award, they first must be nominated.

Think about what you see happening around you to prepare for the future, then nominate a project, or the person behind the project, to recognize their contributions to a better future for all of us.

I encourage you to look at who was recognized last year and to review the Communities in Motion 2040 goals as you consider who, or what, to nominate.

Anyone may submit a nomination and anything or anyone (other than COMPASS staff) that is implementing the goals of Communities in Motion is eligible to be nominated. Keep in mind that a project does not need to be a “transportation” project to be submitted for a Leadership in Motion award.

Details on award categories, as well as a link to the nomination form, can all be found here.

Nominations for COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards will be accepted through 3:00 pm, Friday, September 30, 2016. Awards will be presented at the COMPASS/Valley Regional Transit holiday luncheon on Monday, December 19, 2016.

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Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho

COMPASS is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for transportation planning in Ada and Canyon Counties. The COMPASS Board comprises 39 members representing the cities, counties, highway districts, educational institutions, state agencies, and other entities within the two counties. COMPASS plays an important role in making decisions about future long-range transportation needs in the Treasure Valley, taking into consideration environmental and economic factors that affect the quality of life.