Tag Archive: economic development

Dec 31

Lending support to the megaloads

On Dec. 9, I went to a public hearing in support of the oil equipment shipments. Many people were there to show their support and I had hoped to testify. Unfortunately, this particular hearing was more formal, with attorneys on either side calling witnesses to speak before the Idaho Transportation Department board. I prepared some …

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Nov 17

A road to the common good

A number of years ago, when I was an Idaho Statesman reporter, I was fortunate enough to cover a speech by Daniel Kemmis in Boise. Kemmis is a former Montana legislator and mayor of Missoula who is a consultant and known for his ability to find consensus in difficult situations. Kemmis’ book “Community and the …

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Oct 03

Delay of Simplot project shows Boise’s misplaced priorities

Besides showing the city’s over-regulation of a good proposal, the delays also highlight the city’s complete ignorance of the 95 percent of Boise that is not downtown.

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Dec 14

Boise streetcar: Good idea, wrong location

These days, the Boise mayor and council seem deeply uninterested in addressing urban decay problems south of the Boise River. Hundreds of Boiseans are at risk of being evicted from rickety trailer parks and hundreds of school children walk to school in dangerous conditions without sidewalks, yet the city is spending huge amounts of energy …

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Apr 06

Community organizing part II

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in Elmore County collecting petition signatures and otherwise finding and networking with people who support our proposed nuclear plant. I like the work because I’m pretty extroverted, but there’s a sense of urgency. Wednesday, April 22 will be a make-or-break …

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Mar 24

Community organizing for jobs

I spent today in Glenns Ferry doing community organizing (take that, Barack Obama!). One of my clients is Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., which has proposed a large nuclear reactor near Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, about 65 miles southwest of Boise. I drove to Glenns Ferry eager to meet with residents, particularly local small business …

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Mar 06

Stimulus plan could help new convention center

Good work by the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the state for putting in a request for federal stimulus money to finally build a larger downtown Boise convention center.  I did some PR consulting work for GBAD in 2002 and I applaud their persistence in trying to get this important part of our economy in place. The …

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