To establish a partnership with other organizations to mobilize action around common objectives. The intent is for ULI to provide the leadership for a partnership that collectively would have more of a voice in influencing significant decisions that any one organization. Other goals of the partnership:
- Elevate the profile of ULI
- Breakdown silos
- Develop a common language and vision
- Support proactive and strategic actions
Common Value: A Healthy Community
Creating a healthy community is a fundamental value that interfaces with most of the priorities and goals of ULI and the interests of other organizations. It is a value that most people and organizations embrace. It is a value that can be the foundation for a common vision that then can be accomplished through a variety of actions that are interrelated including land use, transportation, economy and jobs, public fiscal policies, education and health. It is value that would be attractive to a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional ULI partners.
The built environment has a significant impact on the health of our communities. At ULI, both locally and world-wide, community health is a high priority issue. We believe we should, and could do more to improve the quality of our built environment to support healthier lifestyles.
Update on Our Progress:
Over the past two months, volunteer members of ULI Idaho have interviewed more than fifty community leaders to determine their organization’s vision of a healthy community. We interviewed a broad cross-section of stakeholders who care about healthy communities – for example, representatives of the health and education sectors, real estate and trade groups, government, utilities, business and economic development interests, and environmental and neighborhood groups. A web survey was also available to seek the input from the broader community. Websurvey031013
The interviews and survey asked: what is a healthy community? What contributes to a healthy community? Is it safety, the economy, clean air and water, or the ability to bike and walkability? The work also wanted to find out how people measure the health of the Treasure Valley compared to other similar places. And what is the role of the built environment in creating a healthy community.
From the interviews and surveys we learned what people values in a healthy community. Most frequently identified were: (1) economic vitality; (2) safety; and (3) mobility choices. QuestionSummary
ULI was asked and participated in the annual Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference. This year’s theme was “Building Livable Cities in the Treasure Valley,” and was attended by over 160 businesses, civic, public and non-profit leaders. ULI sponsored the keynote speaker, Robert Grove, founder and CEO of Envision Utah, and a special dinner session was held with Mr. Grove to hear the lessons learned in forming the Envision Utah partnership. The conference also provided an opportunity for a panel of ULI members to presented a session on, “Why Goggle Could Come to Boise”, sharing the results of our interviews, surveys, and research and laying the foundation for the partnership.Chamber Presentation all
In addition, a summary of our work was published in the annual report of The Downtown Boise Business Association and handed out at their recent annual meeting. Document-annual report We have also captured the attention of the local media, The Idaho Statesman, who helped us with a mock up of a front page of the paper with the headline,”Goggle to Expand into Boise”, which was used as a prop in our Chamber panel presentation. Google Front Page fullsize
From the interviews and Chamber Conference, we have a list of over 60 persons or groups who are interested in taking the next steps with us in creating the real estate partnership. We plan to share some of the initial findings from the surveys and interviews, and convene a group of these interested parties by the end of June.
ULI Idaho is committed to provide the leadership for ensuring that our built environment is one which supports a healthy economy, healthy lifestyles and is safe.