Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) is now seeking nominations for the 2018 Grow Smart Awards. (Click here for nomination instructions and here for the required cover letter.) ISG has presented the annual Grow Smart Awards since 2005 to celebrate planning and development efforts around Idaho that exhibit outstanding implementation of smart growth principles. Nominations can be for buildings, plans, open spaces, studies, organizations and any other example of smart growth in action. Anyone can submit nominations, for projects of all types and sizes, from any year and from throughout the state. Awards are selected by a jury of professionals knowledgeable about smart growth principles.

Application deadline is midnight on June 4. We encourage anyone interested in nominating a project to get in touch with ISG staff soon—we can answer questions and offer suggestions to help make applications more effective.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Grow Smart Awards celebration to be held at Boise Centre East on Monday, November 5. This event is the celebration of the awards and people who made them possible, and is a premier networking opportunity. The theme for this year’s celebration is the intersection of smart growth and urban renewal, with a special focus on Boise’s Central Urban Renewal District–the state’s first. We’re especially looking for nominations from Idaho communities that have used urban renewal tools to help achieve smart growth goals in stronger and healthier development. (Non-urban renewal projects are always welcome, too.)

Contact us with any questions at 208-333-8066 or office@idahosmartgrowth.org. More information on the Grow Smart Awards program is available here.