When I took office in January, I set priorities for our new administration with the feedback I received from the community in mind. At that time, our city was at a pivotal moment of growth and it was clear we must take action to protect what we love about our community.
Since then our community has experienced unprecedented hardship. Along with the rest of the nation, we have had to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our health and economy. The needs of our residents are even more pressing, and this moment requires that we protect what we love about our community – safe, strong neighborhoods, open space and clean water – while protecting the health of our residents and preparing for a strong economic recovery.
As we look to the future, the goals we’ve set for the next six months are designed to guide our work to ensure that Boise recovers and is a city for everyone. We’ve passed the 2021 budget and our administration is focused on building partnerships, engaging the community and implementing the priorities outlined below.
- A Safe and Healthy City for Everyone: A safe and healthy city serves and includes everyone. Under the leadership of a new Fire Chief and Police Chief, we’ll make sure our policies and practices mirror the needs of our community. We’ll work to create public safety agencies made up of individuals committed to serving our community.
- A Home for Everyone: Keep our neighborhoods people-scaled and people-friendly, knowing that strong neighborhoods need housing at every price point.
- Movement for Everyone: Make it easier to bus, bike and walk, because our residents must be able to connect to opportunities when and where they exist. And invest in creative approaches to move our residents from their homes to work and everywhere in between.
- A Clean City for Everyone: Protect our clean air and clean water, improve parks, open spaces and pathways that unite neighborhoods and connect us. Create opportunity through the transition to a clean energy economy.
- Opportunity for Everyone: Invest to build an economy that uplifts everybody in our community, with family wage jobs and access to opportunities. Support homegrown innovation and invest in education, housing, transportation, climate innovation, and arts and culture knowing that each of these contribute to a strong, inclusive economy.
- Engaging Everyone: We will fiercely seek opportunities for collaboration, remain accessible and transparent, and build on our residents’ passion for Boise and desire to shape their future.