Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Leadership in Motion Awards

We’ve all seen the housing developments pop up, enjoyed the new shopping centers, and lamented about the slowing traffic. We’ve read the articles, listened to the radio shows, and spoken with our fellow community members about the statistics.

There’s no doubt about it – the Treasure Valley is growing.

And in order to sustain the community that we know and love, it’s imperative that our leadership has both a vision and set of goals in place to manage this influx of growth.

So, where do we find this leadership?

It’s simple – it’s all around us in the individuals, businesses, non-profits, and projects that make the Treasure Valley what it is. Just as we recognize our friends and family for a job well done, here at COMPASS we do the same in the form of Leadership in Motion awards.

Leadership in Motion awards recognize businesses/nonprofits, individuals, and projects that have demonstrated leadership in supporting Communities in Motion 2040 (CIM 2040)the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties. This plan provides both the vision and a set of goals to guide successful leadership.

CIM 2040 focuses on eight specific elements – and 17 related goalsto guide plans for the future:
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  •  Housing
  • Community Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Open Space
  • Farmland

Based on these elements, the Leadership in Motion awards shine a spotlight on what is working; specifically, how CIM 2040 and its goals are being implemented. They facilitate the sharing of good ideas, strategies, and tactics throughout the community to propel us toward a better future.

As you take a look at the growth occurring around the Treasure Valley, I urge you to also keep an eye out for the people, businesses, or projects that are working to lead, serve, and inspire. Once you’ve done this, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the nomination criteria and take a moment to recognize the efforts being made in your community. People or projects that support any of the eight elements are eligible to be nominated.

Feel free to check out last year’s winners for inspiration.

This year’s awards will recognize efforts and projects that occurred between July 2017 and June 2018. Nominations will be accepted through 12:00 pm, Friday, September 28, 2018. Leadership in Motion awards will be presented on Monday, December 17, 2018, at the COMPASS/Valley Regional Transit Board Holiday Luncheon.

Growth means change, and change can be scary. But I have no doubt that the leadership I have seen throughout the Treasure Valley is exactly the kind of innovative and goal-driven action that will help our community continue to thrive.

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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.