Boise Leaders to Host 'Neighborhood Interactive' Saturday, Oct. 14 

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Understanding that engaged neighborhoods are the building blocks of any successful city, the city of Boise will host a first-of-its-kind Neighborhood Interactive Saturday, Oct. 14—an all-day conference at the Grove Hotel designed to activate residents to build a better Boise. Norm Rice, former mayor of Seattle, will keynote the event, and a raft of breakout sessions on everything from housing and transportation to social media and community gardens will fill the day.

“As part of the Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, we’re always looking to get our neighbors involved," said Lana Odintsova, the communications manager for the Boise City Office of Community Engagement. "We’ve been getting a lot of questions on how they can get involved in different aspects."

She added that because this is the first conference of this kind put on by the city, the measure for success isn't so much the number of attendees but the level of engagement.
The cost to attend is $5 for students and $10 for adults, with revenues helping to defray the cost of the hotel and food. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the entry fee.

One of the panelists, Mike Stefancic, president of the Vista Neighborhood Association and  assistant director of the Service-Learning Program at Boise State, will present on strategies for improving neighborhood communities through volunteering. He said the conference is an opportunity for more voices to be heard across the city and greater collaboration between neighborhoods.

"I think it meets a need that residents are looking for: finding ways to share their ideas, to be listened to, to learn new ideas and make a positive change in our communities," said Stefancic. "The Interactive provides that opportunity for us to connect with one another, to make our communities better connected because we can't and shouldn't take action without the voices of everyone being heard."
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