Grow Smart Awards in the Wood River Valley

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For Immediate Release:
Grow Smart Awards in the Wood River Valley
Date: April 27, 2018
Contact: Alexandra Monjar; 208-333-8066

BOISE, ID — Idaho Smart Growth is presenting Grow Smart Awards in the Wood River Valley at Ketchum Town Square at 5:30 pm on Friday, May 25. This showcase of local examples of smart growth is a part of “A Fair on the Square,” Ketchum’s celebration of the town’s accomplishments and what it’s doing to create a vibrant sustainable community.

A Fair on the Square is from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm; the Grow Smart Awards in the Wood River Valley presentation begins at 5:30 pm. The fair includes music, local food and drinks and kids’ activities. All events are in Ketchum Town Square at Fourth Street and East Avenue, downtown Ketchum and are free and open to the public. For more information on the fair, contact Lisa Enourato at the city of Ketchum.

The Grow Smart Awards (GSA) recognize exemplary efforts in planning and development that help create great places to live. Since 2005 Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) has presented the year’s awards each fall in Boise, but this year for the first time, ISG is offering an additional showcase of past recipients in their communities. The May 25 event is an opportunity for Wood River Valley residents to meet with planners, designers, local officials and citizens who were instrumental in creating these plans and projects and to learn how smart growth principles can build stronger communities.

The presentation will highlight seven local GSA recipients, including Ketchum architect and advocate Dale Bates, who received the 2017 Charles Hummel Award, given by the ISG Board of Directors to someone who embodies a commitment to community, personal integrity and smart growth principles. Other local recipients are the Blaine County 2025  comprehensive plan; the Pineridge residential project in Ketchum; the Sweetwater residential project in Hailey; the Hailey 2010 comprehensive plan; the Woodside Boulevard Reconstruction and Complete Streets Initiative in Hailey; and the Blaine County Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The Grow Smart Awards recognize buildings, plans, developments, books and other projects that are judged to be excellent illustrations of smart growth principles in action. Awards are selected from nominations sent in from around the state by a volunteer jury of professionals. Anyone can nominate a project, and there is no time limit for eligibility. More about the GSA program is available at the ISG website here.

Nominations for the 2018 Grow Smart Awards are open until June 4; more information and nomination forms are available here. The 2018 GSA celebration will be held at the Boise Centre East conference center on Monday, November 5.

Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to create great places to live, through education, advocacy and training on issues in land use, transportation and community development. For more information contact 208-333-8066 or go to