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City Achievement Award Winners Recognized at AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eleven cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards at the AIC Annual Conference on June 22 at the Annual Banquet at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place).

The City Achievement Awards recognize the work of cities around Idaho that have implemented pioneering approaches to improve quality of life, address community challenges, and enhance service delivery in cost-effective ways.

This year, awards were given in six categories: Community Engagement, Economic & Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, Public Works & Transportation, and Youth Council.

Ammon was a winner in the Economic & Community Development Category for its Fiber Optic Utility Project, which is bringing broadband to residents throughout the community using an innovative city local improvement district.

Bancroft was a winner in the Parks & Recreation Category for the Lighting of Teuscher Square, which brought the community together for a holiday celebration in the festively decorated square in downtown.

Boise was recognized in the Public Works & Transportation Category for its Dixie Drain Phosphorous Removal Facility, an innovative project that is helping the city meet stringent new phosphorous limits in a cost-effective way and improve water quality in the lower Boise River.  Boise also received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Police Liaison Program, which is helping the department to improve communication and build trust among LGBTQ, Hispanic, African American, and refugee communities.  

Caldwell received an award in the Community Engagement Category for the Downtown Plaza Project, which is an outdoor venue for hosting concerts, movies in the park, festivals and farmers markets, that continues the revitalization of downtown Caldwell.

Coeur d’Alene won an award in the Community Engagement Category for the Lake City Public Library, which is a partnership between the city and school district to open a public library branch at Lake City High School.  Coeur d’Alene also received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Community Action Team, which is partially funded through a federal COPS grant and proactively works with the community on crime prevention, relationship building and problem solving. 

Glenns Ferry Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council was recognized for its alley clean-up project, which brought together youth from the community to clean city alleys of overgrown brush and debris. 

Iona Mayor’s Youth Council won an award for its outstanding work in community service, building youth leadership skills and opening lines of communication between city elected officials and youth. 

Lewiston was a winner in the Public Works & Transportation Category for the Downtown Lewiston Infrastructure Repair & Replacement Project, which replaced a variety of aging infrastructure in downtown Lewiston with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Transit Administration, Port of Lewiston and Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency.

Meridian was recognized in the Economic & Community Development Category for its Idaho Avenue Placemaking Project, a collaborative effort aimed at creating a sense of place that will enhance pedestrian traffic and attract new businesses in downtown Meridian.

Pocatello received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Assisted Living Facility Protocols, which aim to reduce unnecessary 911 calls by providing guidance for assisted living facility staff.

Twin Falls was a winner in the Parks & Recreation Category for the Connecting the Canyon Rim Project, which acquired the final piece of property required to complete the 7.5-mile trail along the scenic Snake River canyon. 

Twin Falls Youth Council was recognized for its Hula Hoop for Health Project, which provided education to 4th and 5th grade students about healthy, active lifestyles, including hula hooping.

Congratulations to all the 2017 City Achievement Award winners!  If your city or youth council has an outstanding project that deserves recognition, we hope you will consider filling out the City Achievement application next year.

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