The Livability Ambassador program invites selected community members to participate in a series of expert-guided lessons, tours and discussions designed to expand community member knowledge about the city’s vision and goals around sustainability, a responsible built environment, a connected community, and safety and security, among others.
Each year, the program explores one of the eight strategic goal areas. The program launched in 2018 with participants learning about citywide initiatives related to the theme of an “Environmentally Sustainable Community.”
This year, participants will explore citywide initiatives related to a “Responsible Built Environment,” where they will learn more about city planning, community and neighborhood engagement, diversified housing options for all demographics and income levels, historic preservation, transportation and infrastructure.
Highlights include guided tours and group excursions throughout the city, including trips to:
- The Central Addition, Boise’s first LIV District
- The East Main and North End Historic Districts
- Sustainably built buildings
- Neighborhood hubs, such as Hyde Park and Bown Crossing
Boise's Master Plan
Ambassadors toured parts of Barber Valley, Harris Ranch and Bown Crossing where they learned how the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning code work together to create walkable, connected communities that carefully balance the built environment with respect to the natural environment.
Boise is characterized by its many strong, healthy neighborhoods that are well defined by their unique geographies, histories, designs, and communities. Ambassadors explored areas in Boise and learned how Energize Our Neighborhoods was created to give residents an opportunity to increase the livability where they live and build a strong sense of community.
Geographical and historical forces continue to shape the neighborhoods, streets and sidewalks that comprise Boise. With the Foothills to the north, the expanse of the Bench to the south and the illustrious Boise River in between, the city’s rural character has slowly and gradually expanded to encompass a thriving urban core.
About the Program
Livability Ambassadors will meet at least once a month over a six-month period between May and October 2019. Each tour will consist of a half-day field trip where Ambassadors will visit and learn about a new site. Ambassadors will then process and share what they’ve learned from each tour with their communities of family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.
After all tours have concluded, Ambassadors will participate in a closing ceremony at Boise City Hall, where they will share their experiences as a Livability Ambassador with city leadership.
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