Celebrate Boise's Neighbors and Neighborhoods All Month

Message from the Mayor | August 1, 2019

Friendly greetings over the back fence, shoveling snowy sidewalks because they were already shoveling their own, or keeping eye on things while you’re out of town.  Boiseans, by nature, are kind and welcoming - but all know there are those who go the extra mile to make your corner of Boise a little more special.

Those folks embody the spirit of Boise Kind, our community-wide effort to ensure Boise’s core values remain at forefront of our mind as our city grows and thrives. At the center of that notion is this fact: Good neighbors make great neighborhoods and great neighborhoods are the foundation of Boise’s success.

Throughout August we have some great opportunities for Boiseans to celebrate, honor and enhance the spirit that makes Boise such a special place to live. Each of these opportunities are part of our fantastic Energize Our Neighborhoods community collaboration to make all Boise neighborhoods unique and desirable.

The first is perhaps my favorite: the Mayor’s Awards to Good Neighbors. These annual awards honor residents, businesses and organizations that exemplify how good neighbors improve and enhance our community. And just this week we began accepting nominations for 2019, so please let us know if you have someone in mind. Nominations are due by Friday, August 30. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27 in the Maryanne Jordan City Council Chambers at Boise City Hall (3rd Floor).

Fire truck parked in background, kids sitting on a curb talking to a firefighter
National Night Out

Our Neighborhood Investment program – a partnership between the City of Boise and City registered neighborhood associations – provides funding for improvements in neighborhoods across the city that enrich the lives of residents, enhance quality of life and encourage a strong sense of community. Just last week, we announced the 2020 recipients, but at the end of this month, we will begin the the process for the 2021 fiscal year with a series of workshops at libraries across the city.

And finally, National Night Out, our most popular neighborhood-based event of the year will be held on Tuesday, August 6 in neighborhoods all across the city. With its street festival atmosphere, National Night Out gives neighbors the chance to come together to meet and have fun while also learning about preventing crime and creating community in their neighborhood. The event brings out residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.

I hope you and your neighbors will take one of these opportunities to recognize and embrace the spirit of community and kindness that makes Boise such a special place to call home. And as usual, thank you for all that you do to help make Boise the most livable city in the country.

David Bieter

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