Boise & Garden City

Boise councilwoman elected president of national transportation planning group

Elaine Clegg, an expert in land-use and transportation planning who’s served on the City Council since 2004, represents Boise on the board of Southwest Idaho’s metropolitan planning organization.

She will now hold the top spot at a nationwide group that advocates for metropolitan planning organizations like the one here. That group is called the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. She is the current vice president of that group.

Federal requires the designation of metropolitan planning organizations, which have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas. The national association offers member organizations a broad range of services, including technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, print and electronic communications, research and a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building.

To anyone who’s followed Clegg’s career, it’s not much of a surprise to see her out in front of this kind of organization. Since 1998, she has worked for the non-profit organization Idaho Smart Growth , where she specializes in pedestrian, bicycle and comprehensive land use planning projects. She has become the City Council’s foremost expert on issues of land use planning and the closely related topic of transportation.

“The thorough understanding of transportation challenges facing metropolitan regions that Elaine has obtained as a local elected official, coupled with her commitment to effecting positive change, guarantees that AMPO will make great strides under her leadership,” said President Richard Perrin, the outgoing president of the national organization. “Her in-depth knowledge of policy considerations and diplomatic approach to resolving difficult issues is exactly what MPOs need to ensure the voices of regions continue to be heard in Washington, D.C.”