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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:  

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! 

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

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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, or at (425) 487-4772.



Stacie Imuta

Regional Training Manager (Acting)

FEMA Region 10

(425) 487-4772 – Desk

(202) 702-7151 – Cell


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

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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 For webinar technology specific questions please contact

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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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Flags at Half Staff on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Flags are to be at half staff on Wednesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2019
Issued on: May 10, 2019
On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation’s law enforcement officers.  Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities.  We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities.

My Administration is working on several fronts to enhance the health and safety of our Nation’s law enforcement officers.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to promote initiatives that provide funding for bulletproof vests, active shooter training, the National Blue Alert System, and other programs that bolster the physical and mental health of those who protect us.  We are making surplus military equipment available to law enforcement agencies.  We are implementing the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which I signed into law last year, to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services.  And when tragedy does strike, DOJ’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program stands ready and able to assist the families of the fallen and catastrophically injured.

The best way we can support law enforcement is to reduce violent crime.  My Administration has secured $50 million in funding for one of the most effective crime prevention strategies in America, the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.  This results-based and data-proven initiative is reducing violent crime nationwide by leveraging local law enforcement and community partnerships, along with strategic enforcement efforts, to arrest the most violent criminals in the most violent locations.  Through the combined efforts of all levels of law enforcement, violent crime in our country is falling.

Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength.  They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives.  We owe them, and their families, our full and enduring support.

By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2019, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 12 through May 18, 2019, as Police Week.  In humble appreciation of our hardworking law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15.  I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day.  I further encourage all Americans to display the flag from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.



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AIC District Directors Selected for Upcoming Year

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 9, 2019

Over 300 city officials attended the 2019 AIC Spring District Workshops held in six locations throughout the state in late April.  The workshops provided outstanding training including an update on the 2019 legislative session, the basics of budgeting and revenue sources, and foundations of planning and zoning, annexation and area of city impact. 

At lunch a district caucus was held to select District Directors for the AIC Board.  These District Directors are listed below.  The District Directors will be formally elected at the AIC Annual Conference next month in Boise.

District 1:             Ashley Lounsbury—Councilor, Plummer

District 2:             Steve Odenborg—Mayor, Genesee

District 3:             Debbie Kling—Mayor, Nampa

District 3A:          Luke Cavener—City Council Vice President, Meridian

District 4:             Casey Andersen—Councilor, Burley

District 5:             Terry Larson—Councilor, Preston

District 6:             Robert “BJ” Berlin—Mayor, Roberts

Congratulations to our newly selected District Directors!  We greatly appreciate your service to AIC.


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Call for Nominations: AIC Third Vice President

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 9, 2019

The AIC Nominating Committee will convene at the upcoming AIC Annual Conference to interview and nominate a candidate for AIC Third Vice President. To be considered for the position of AIC Third Vice President, candidates must be an elected city official from an AIC member city. Eligible candidates should also be from AIC District 3A (cities in Ada County).

Nomination Process

The nomination process begins with the establishment of the AIC Nominating Committee, the structure of which is set forth in the AIC Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will interview candidates for Third Vice President on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 19. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers during the Breakfast General Session on Thursday, June 20 and the list will be posted at the registration desk.  The election of AIC Board Officers will then take place during the AIC Awards Banquet held the evening of Thursday, June 20. At that time, the AIC President will call for any further nominations from the floor. After nominations are made, the AIC President will then preside over the election of 2019 AIC Board Officers.

Nominating Committee Chair: Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden & AIC Immediate Past President.

Nominating Committee Members:

Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden      

Mayor Brian Blad, Pocatello

Councilor Greg Lanting, Twin Falls

Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Meridian

Mayor John Evans, Garden City

Mayor Mac Pooler, Kellogg

Council President Mitch Hart, Soda Springs

Mayor Garret Nancolas, Caldwell


To achieve a quorum, the Nominating Committee must have at least three AIC Past Presidents in attendance.  If a Quorum cannot be established the President will appoint three sitting AIC District Directors to serve with the available Past Presidents on the Nominating Committee.

Nomination of Officers: The Nominating Committee is required to select candidates according to a geographic rotation to ensure each of Idaho’s major geographic regions are represented. The AIC Bylaws have established the geographic regions to be:

North: AIC Districts 1 and 2

South: AIC Districts 3 and 4

East: AIC Districts 5 and 6

West: AIC District 3A

Those interested in being considered for the position of AIC Third Vice President should contact AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison via email (  Jess will then notify the Chair of the AIC Nominating Committee of your interest and assist in scheduling an interview at the appropriate time.

About the AIC Board of Directors

The association is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the membership. The Board is charged with conducting the affairs of the association on behalf of member cities. Specifically, the Board is responsible for:

·         Advancing the public interest of cities,

·         Building democracy and community within cities, and

·         Strengthening the capacity of municipal government by providing research, education, and training to city elected officials and staff.

The Bylaws establish three types of Board membership: Officers, District Directors, and Past Presidents.

Officers: The Officers of the association consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Third Vice President. Officers are nominated by the Nominating Committee (chaired by the Immediate Past President and consisting of all Past Presidents serving on the Board) and elected by the full membership at the Annual Conference. Officers are nominated to maintain balance between Idaho’s four geographic regions. The Officers of the association also serve as members of the Board Executive Committee.

District Directors: Two District Directors are elected from each of the seven AIC districts at regional spring district workshops. Each District Director serves for staggered two-year terms.

Past Presidents: Past Presidents of the Association who have served continuously in city elective office may continue serving as voting members of the Board. The four most recent past presidents also serve on the AIC Board Executive Committee.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has general supervision over the affairs of the Association between Board meetings. The Executive Committee is also responsible for overseeing and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director.


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