June 5 Citizens Planning Academy

Idaho urban renewal – stories from communities large and small.

Wednesday, June 5 at 6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Attend Online:

Join remotely from any internet-connected device by clicking this link:
https://uidaho.zoom.us/j/110700170

Attend In Person:

U of I Legacy Pointe Conference Room, Idaho Water Center, 322 E. Front Street, Boise. Free off-street parking is available in the Idaho Water Center and Ada County Courthouse garages. More information and links maps can be found here.


About our panel:

Ryan Armbruster

Ryan Armbruster
Mr. Armbruster joined the law firm of Elam & Burke in 1979. Mr. Armbruster’s major practice areas involve municipal law, redevelopment work on behalf of urban renewal agencies, and municipal financing. He is responsible for providing legal services to Capital City Development Corporation, Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency, Jerome Urban Renewal Agency, Garden City Urban Renewal Agency, and Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency, among others. He has been instrumental in the implementation of Idaho’s Urban Renewal Law and Economic Development Act.

Meghan Conrad

Meghan Conrad
Ms. Conrad’s practice focuses on local economic development with extensive representation to urban renewal agencies throughout the state on issues including structuring of private-public partnerships, government contracts, tax increment financing, litigation, appeals and governmental relations. Ms. Conrad has had the opportunity to speak at numerous conferences on the topic of urban renewal. 

Michelle Groenevelt
Michelle is the community and economic development director at the city of McCall. She joined the city of McCall in 2005 and has worked as a leader to create a progressive planning environment and continues to strive for innovative planning solutions. She manages the department responsible for planning, building, grant writing, GIS, and economic development. Michelle serves on the board of directors for Idaho Smart Growth, the Payette Land Trust and on the planning committee for the Mountain and Resort Town Planners Summit.

Nathan Murray headshot

Nathan Murray
Nathan lives in Twin Falls, where he is the city’s director of economic development as well as executive director for its urban renewal agency. Presently, he is overseeing four separate infrastructure improvement projects in downtown Twin Falls, valued at $20M. He also leads business recruitment and expansion efforts for the city which has received roughly $1.2B in capital improvements since 2012. A Boise native, Nate worked for 15 years in city planning and economic development in Utah.


The C.P.A. is a collaboration of Idaho Smart Growth and the University of Idaho’s College of Law in Boise and Bioregional Planning Program. Monthly sessions are designed to help citizens become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics.

RSVP office@idahosmartgrowth.org. Learn more about the series here or view past session videos on our YouTube channel.