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 Plans
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.
Boise residents value the safety, quality, and character of where they live, as well as access to parks, schools, open space, and basic services.
To address the rising costs associated with transportation and housing, as well as create and sustain a responsible built environment, the city established two strategic initiatives.
Boise's Housing Goals
After hearing from residents and discussing different options with the community, the city implemented a housing strategy called Grow Our Housing.
The 30+ agencies that make up Our Path Home operate from the service model and philosophy that permanent housing is the solution.
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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