2022 Idaho Smart Growth Summit

“Growing Together”

Riverside Hotel – Boise

Sept. 1, 2022

About the Summit

Learn more about what we do, why we’re holding a summit this year, & the goals of our first ISG Summit.

Schedule & Speakers

Read about each of our speakers as well as the full schedule. And don’t forget to join us for our Opening Reception on August 31!


Learn about our Summit sponsors.


Register yourself & your team.

2022 Idaho Smart Growth Summit


Idaho Smart Growth is hosting a summit on September 1, 2022 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise to explore the changes that are occurring in Idaho from the impacts of growth (portions will also be offered virtually). Our theme is Growing Together, putting emphasis on how we want Idaho to change as it grows and what we can do collectively to facilitate that vision. Non-profit, governmental, and corporate representatives as well as individuals involved in addressing growth issues are invited to participate. Topics to be covered include Social Equity, Housing, Infrastructure/Preservation of Open Space/Working Lands and Preserving Community Identity. 

Idaho Smart Growth wants to spur a  discussion on how we can identify and better work together on Idaho priorities and coordinate, rather than compete, towards success on solutions that work for and in Idaho. We are especially interested in finding ways to accelerate action going forward for our organization as well as our many partners across the state without duplication of effort. This will be accomplished by a series of roundtables in the afternoon inviting every summit participant to express their thoughts, culminating at the end of the day with the beginning of a strategy to move forward together.

We invite anyone interested in these growth issues to participate!

Schedule & Speakers

Learn more about our speakers.


August 31

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Opening Reception

Please join us for the Opening Reception for the 2022 Idaho Smart Growth Summit!

  • Light appetizers & no-host bar
  • Riverside Hotel – Patio outside the fireplace room

September 1

8:00 – 8:15 am: Welcome & Intro of Presentations – “Where Idaho is right now”

  • Idaho Smart Growth

8:15 – 8:45 am: Idaho’s Population Change and Its Consequences for Planning

  • Jaap Vos, University of Idaho

8:45 – 9:30 am: Housing Panel

  • Laurie Barrera, Build Idaho
  • Bart Cochran, LEAP
  • Mel Leviton, Idaho State Independent Living Council

9:30 – 10:15 am: Social Equity Panel

  • John Michael Schert, JMS & Company
  • Tilley Bubb, City of Boise
  • Merissa Douglas, Community Council of Idaho
  • Miguel Almeida, Artist

10:15 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 – 11:15 am: Community Planning Panel

  • Mauri Knott, Latah County
  • Diane Kushlan, Kushlan Associates
  • Patricia Nilsson, Planner

11:15 am – Noon: Infrastructure and Open & Working Spaces Panel

  • David Anderson, American Farmland Trust
  • Amy Mattias, Sun Valley Institute
  • Vanessa Fry, Idaho Policy Institute

Noon – 12:30 pm: Idaho Smart Growth Efforts: What ISG Has Been Doing to Address These Issues

  • Elaine Clegg & Michelle Groenevelt, Idaho Smart Growth

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Keynote Speaker

  • Lunch
  • Chris Nelson, University of Arizona

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Break

1:45 – 2 pm – Roundtable Introductions

2 – 3:25 pm: Participant Roundtables

  • Community Planning
  • Social Justice
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure/Working Lands
  • Social Justice

3:25 – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 – 5 pm: Summarize & Wrap Up

  • Facilitator – Diane Kushlan, Kushlan Associates


Event Sponsor


Join us and many others involved in addressing growth issues in Idaho on September 1, 2022 in person or virtually to discuss how to ‘grow together.’

Full Day Live – $55
Full Day Virtual – $35 (some afternoon roundtables will not be accessible virtually)

If you are a student or individual needing monetary support to attend, please contact us about potential scholarships at: tottens@amsidaho.com.

To Register, please call our office at (208) 333-8066 or contact us here.

Or register online below:

Hotel Information

The Riverside Hotel

2900 W. Chinden Blvd

Boise, ID 83714

Call 208-343-1871 for discounted room block at $165.  Ask for Idaho Smart Growth group rate.

Hotel room reservations must be made by August 9 to get discounted rate!