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Public Safety City Achievement Award Winners Recognized at AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Three cities were recognized at the AIC Annual Conference with City Achievement Awards in the Public Safety Category.  Congratulations to the winning cities for these outstanding projects!

City of St. Anthony – Project Safe Classroom: A cooperative project between the St. Anthony Police Department and the school district to install Nightlock Lockdown devices to secure all the classroom doors in the elementary school.

City of Coeur D’Alene – FireWise Preparedness Day: The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department held a Community Preparedness Day for the Armstrong Park and Fernan Hill Drive communities to raise awareness and assist property owners with wildfire preparedness, including fuel reduction, evacuation readiness and fire/life safety.    

City of Idaho Falls – School Safety – There’s an “App” for That: A cooperative project between the Idaho Falls Police Department and the school district to develop an app that allows high school students to quickly and discreetly share information with the School Resource Officer and school administrators.

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AIC Past President Greg Lanting receives Harold Hurst Award for service to Idaho cities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, July 8, 2019

Twin Falls Councilor and AIC Past President Greg Lanting was honored with the Harold Hurst Award at the 72nd AIC Annual Conference in Boise, June 20, 2019.

The Harold Hurst Award is given annually to a city official who demonstrates exemplary performance in city government and who has contributed to the accomplishments of the Association of Idaho Cities. The award is named for Harold Hurst, the mayor of Heyburn for 24 years and a Past President of AIC.

The recipient of the 2019 Harold Hurst Award is Greg Lanting, Councilor from Twin Falls and AIC Past President in 2015-16.

Greg has served on the Twin Falls City Council for 14 years and was the city’s mayor in 2012-13.  Prior to that he was on the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years.  Greg grew up on a farm and ranch in the Hollister area, and taught history, government and social studies for 16 years.  He also served as a middle school principal.

“Greg has been a great asset for the City of Twin Falls and AIC, and we are pleased to recognize his achievements with the Harold Hurst Award,” said AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison.

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Sen. Bert Brackett honored with Ken Harward Award at AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, July 8, 2019

AIC honored Idaho State Sen. Bert Brackett of Three Creek with the Ken Harward Award at the 72nd AIC Annual Conference in Boise on June 20, 2019.

The Ken Harward Award was established by AIC to recognize exceptional contributions benefiting the State of Idaho and its communities. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director for the City of Nampa, Idaho, for 24 years and his visionary planning was integral to the development of the Nampa Recreation Center, the Centennial-Ridgecrest golf complex, the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center. Harward was also AIC’s longest serving Executive Director and worked tirelessly to build the credibility and effectiveness of AIC.

Sen. Brackett is a rancher from Three Creek, and served as President of the Idaho Cattle Association and was recognized as Cattleman of the Year in 1996.  He represents District 23, which includes Elmore and Owyhee Counties and part of Twin Falls County.  Sen. Brackett chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. 

“Sen. Brackett has been one of the strongest, most articulate advocates for local transportation funding in the Idaho Legislature,” said AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison.  “We are proud to recognize his outstanding legacy of public service to the State of Idaho.”

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Registration Deadline Approaches for AIC Annual Conference!

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, June 13, 2019

The 72nd AIC Annual Conference is right around the corner! 

Registration is still available on our website at: https://idahocities.org/page/2019AICConference.  

The online registration deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, June 17.

Take a look at the expanded 'at a glance' agenda to see the wide variety of topics and informative content we've included in this year's conference!

https://idahocities.org/page/2019Agenda 

AIC staff are encouraging our members to work with your fellow officials and staff and identify who will attend which workshops.  That way your city can get to a good variety of topics.  Then finish with a post-conference report out of each attendees’ two or three main takeaways from the workshops as well sharing of any resources or handouts.

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Idaho DEQ seeks applicants for recognition as environmentally friendly businesses

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Updated: Friday, June 7, 2019
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites Idaho businesses, industries, and organizations that incorporate pollution prevention into their daily operations to apply for recognition as “Pollution Prevention Champions.” DEQ will recognize up to four recipients in observation of Pollution Prevention Week this fall.

Businesses, industries, and organizations using any method or activity that prevents, eliminates, and/or minimizes the production of waste at its source, uses nontoxic or less toxic products, conserves energy or water, and/or reuses material rather than throwing it away are eligible to be recognized as Pollution Prevention Champions.

Pollution prevention is one of the most important ways to protect Idaho’s air, water, and land, because it eliminates or reduces pollution before it ever enters the environment,” noted Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s Pollution Prevention Projects Coordinator.

“We have been privileged to recognize businesses from across the state for their efforts at reducing waste. We want to show how businesses in Idaho are setting the example for how to protect the quality of life that we all enjoy by reducing their impact on the environment” he said.

Pollution Prevention Champions will have their accomplishments profiled on DEQ's website. Last year, DEQ recognized Clif Bar, Micron Technology, Esterline/Advanced Input Systems, and Sun Valley Bronze for their efforts to reduce pollution.

To apply for or nominate a business, industry, or organization for this recognition, fill out an application form on DEQ’s website HERE. Applications are due September 6, 2019. Documented results of pollution prevention activities must be included.

For more information, contact Ben Jarvis at DEQ’s State Office in Boise at (208) 373-0146 or e-mail ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov.

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Idaho State Revolving Funds Training: American Iron and Steel Requirements

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Register now for an in-person OR webinar training on EPA’s American Iron and Steel (AIS) requirements, including background, product coverage, project compliance, certification letters and the waiver request process. 

The AIS requirements are to be followed by ALL loan recipients of the State Revolving Fund program and USDA Rural Development. This training will provide attendees a better understanding of what needs to be done to meet this requirement and how to better coordinate available funding sources.

Please register (in-person OR webinar) in advance HERE.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT 

In-Person Location: Joe R. Williams Building, 700 W State St. Boise, Idaho, 83702, East Conference Room

Additional information is provided via the training flyer and through the EPA's State Revolving Fund website on the AIS requirements.

This webinar will be presented by EPA’s Clean Water (CW) and Drinking Water (DW) State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. 

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Training Opportunity: L0146 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Basic Course | July 23-24, 2019 in Lynnwood, WA

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

FEMA Region X is pleased to announce an offering of the L0146 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Basic Course, taking place on July 23-24, 2019 in Lynnwood, WA. For additional details, please review the information and application procedures HERE.

 

Course Description: This is an intermediate-level course that provides a comprehensive overview of exercise design along with practical skill development in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Doctrine. This course uses activities that will give participants an opportunity to interact with many of the templates and other materials that are provided by the National Exercise Division to ensure exercises are conducted in a consistent manner.

 

Target Audience: The course is intended for emergency management personnel, public safety personnel and personnel with primary exercise development roles and responsibilities and their supervisors; which includes those with planning, budget management, design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning of exercises. This includes the following roles at all levels of local, state, tribal or the Federal government: Senior and Elected Officials; Exercise Program Managers; Exercise Director; Exercise Planning Team Members; Exercise Controllers and Facilitators; Exercise Evaluators.

 

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact me at Stacie.Imuta@fema.dhs.gov, or at (425) 487-4772.

 

V/R,

Stacie Imuta

Regional Training Manager (Acting)

FEMA Region 10

(425) 487-4772 – Desk

(202) 702-7151 – Cell

stacie.imuta@fema.dhs.gov

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region 10 is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation contact Stacie Imuta at least five (5) working days in advance at 425-487-4772 or email at stacie.imuta@fema.dhs.gov.

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Building an Energy Efficient Idaho - Ken Baker Receives the US Department of Energy's "Jeff A. Johnson Award for Excellence"

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Association of Idaho Cities wishes to congratulate Ken Baker for being honored with the Jeff A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes!

This well deserved Award recognizes Ken's MANY years of service in support of more resilient and efficient buildings across Idaho.

The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes recognizes outstanding accomplishments surrounding building energy codes, and is presented annually at the National Energy Codes Conference.

Nominees must reflect the following criteria:

Impact:  The nominee has made a substantial contribution to increase energy efficiency by advancing building energy code requirements and performance, tools, resources, or processes. Contributions could be to advancing progressive energy code requirements or to tools and resources that promote the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of building energy codes at a state or national level.

Innovation:  The nominee fosters new ideas that solve problems or address needs that lead to the realization of energy savings through the use of building energy codes and their performance. The nominee has shown willingness to pursue new ideas not yet proven, and to learn by trial and error.

Collaboration:  The nominee advances building energy codes and performance through processes that seek and use input from a broad set of stakeholders. The nominee builds support among a range of constituents for new ideas or approaches.

Passion:  The nominee is motivated to create change through commitment to energy efficiency as a path to a sustainable world. The nominee’s excitement and enthusiasm inspires others to create and implement solutions.

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EPA and USDA To Host Webinar on Federal Funding for Nutrient Reductions

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, May 31, 2019

EPA and USDA are co-hosting a webinar on June 12th as part of EPA's Innovative Financing Strategies for Reducing Nutrients Webinar Series. The webinar will focus on federal grants and innovative financing options for reducing nutrients and will examine case studies around the country that have been successful in doing so.  Featured speakers will highlight financing opportunities from USDA and EPA and discuss innovative approaches for funding point source and non-point source control for nutrient reductions. 

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MT
Register here

This is the first of a four part webinar series from EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center.  For more information on this webinar or the full webinar series, please contact waterfinancecenter@epa.gov. For webinar technology specific questions please contact dpeth@rossstrategic.com.

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Register Today for AIC Annual Conference June 19-21 in Boise!

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Register today for the AIC Annual Conference at the Boise Centre June 19-21 so that you get the early-bird registration rate, which is available until May 31.  You can register and find lodging information at the AIC websiteA preliminary schedule is now available.

The conference is an outstanding opportunity for city elected officials and staff to learn best practices, network with other city officials, and attend a wide variety of informative workshops and general sessions.

A few of the workshops are summarized below.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Municipal Utilities

Mountain Waterworks Engineering and Idaho Rural Water Association will provide an overview of the challenges associated with drinking water and wastewater systems on a national and local level, discuss strategies for ensuring that your utilities are operated in a fiscally sustainable way, and provide tips for capital planning and utility workforce development.

US Supreme Court Cases that Impact City Government

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center, will discuss U.S. Supreme Court cases that will impact city governments.

Thursday Breakfast General Session: Strategies for Building Healthier Cities

Chris Danley will discuss how cities in Idaho have used Healthy Conditions Assessments to build heathier communities.

Approaches for Small Town Transportation Planning

Tara O’Brien of JACOBS will discuss technological tools available to help small cities improve their understanding of key traffic and transportation planning challenges.

Bridging the Skills Gap: How Apprenticeship Can Benefit Your City

Idaho Rural Water Association will discuss a new apprenticeship program developed with the Idaho Department of Labor for recruiting and training Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations Specialists. 

 

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