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What Civic Leaders Say

Here’s what public service employers have to say about the program:

zions bank tall“…this undergraduate program would support our local workforce through the creation of internships and applied research capstone projects.  This is a great opportunity for municipalities to work collaboratively with Boise State University as we create community development professionals, economic development analysts, nonprofit grant writers, and more.”  Tammy de Weerd, Mayor of the City of Meridian

 “Idaho continues to grow at a rapid pace, including here in North Idaho. We are challenged in Coeur d’Alene  and our surrounding cities to ensure we are adequately prepared to address community issues such as land use, transportation, housing, economic development, and more. Public service careers are immensely important in this state, and we need to be able to create the next generation of community government workers by letting Idaho students develop those skills right here in their home state.”  Steve Widmyer, Mayor of the City of Coeur d’Alene

“As our cities grow it is important to have strong partnerships building better communities and this program will provide tools for both students and municipalities with solution for issues facing local government.”  Garret L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell

“The challenges that face local government in today’s world are significant.  It will take a new generation of trained professional  local government managers to successfully address them. As the baby boomers retire, a growing leadership vacuum is occurring.  We need to develop public service leaders at an accelerated pace in order to meet this demand and to support our local workforces.”  Jim Bennett, City Manager, City of Lewiston

“We are in desperate need of the talent and professionalism the programs within the Boise State University, School of Public Service will bring to the State.  Of immediate concern is the need for urban studies and community development.  As small communities we are struggling with planning and zoning issues to prepare for future growth that is surely coming to our state.”  Paul Loomis, Mayor of the City of Blackfoot

“Boise is experiencing tremendous growth and we need dedicated, thoughtful leaders who are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities this growth provides in our area. Students will work within our community throughout the program, encouraging them to take their skills, knowledge and degree, and give back to our city and state post college.”  David Bieter, Mayor of the City of Boise.


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