Where do I start? A step-by-step guide to taking action.

Wednesday, November 6th 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, BoiseFree 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 Speakers:

November 6th is the final Citizens Planning Academy of our 2019 series, and we are going out on a high note. After a year of learning, we are ready to take action!

Join Mark Baltes and Cynthia Gibson as they present “Where do I start? A step by step guide to taking action.”

Mark Baltes

Mark Baltes is the current president of the North End Neighborhood Association. A longtime Boise resident, Mark grew up on the bench and attended Boise State University. An entrepreneur, his graphics business has been located in Garden City’s Live, Work, Create District since 1979. He has lived in all areas of the valley before settling into the North End in 1995.

Since the ‘90s he has been actively engaged in community and preservation issues, serving 20 years on the NENA board before becoming its current president. Mark has also served on the Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Boise as well as History Committee Chairman emeritus with the Department of Arts and History.

Cynthia Gibson

Cynthia Gibson is the executive director of Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. She has lived in Boise for the last twenty-plus years after leaving the east coast congestion behind. She has loved every single moment in Idaho and now considers this vast state her home.

Cynthia is passionate about being outdoors, whether she is travelling to work or recreating in Idaho’s wilderness. Working for Idaho Walk Bike Alliance allows her to share her love to move more and drive less, which she relishes every day. Now that she has landed her dream job, she enjoys connecting with all the amazing advocates throughout the state to make their communities safer, healthier and more liveable.


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. Learn more about the Citizens Planning Academy here.

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