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Southwest Idaho planning association announces leadership awards

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho on Monday announced winners of its sixth annual Leadership in Motion awards.

The Ada County Highway District received three of the six awards.

The Leadership in Motion awards program recognizes businesses, individuals, and projects that demonstrate leadership in supporting Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon counties.

The 2014 COMPASS Leadership in Motion award winners are:

Leadership in government: City of Caldwell for its Ustick Road/Indiana Avenue roundabout project.

Leadership in government: Ada County Highway District for its bicycle education and outreach project.

Leadership in practice, private business: Gardner Company.

Leadership in practice, nonprofit: Boise Urban Garden School.

Leadership in practice, professional: Matt Edmond, Ada County Highway District.

Leadership by example, elected official: Ada County Highway District Commissioner John Franden, Ada County Highway District.

"Communities in Motion 2040 expands beyond traditional long-range transportation plans to include issues such as health, farmland preservation, and open space, in addition to addressing all modes of transportation, including public transportation, biking, and walking, as well as roadways," said COMPASS Executive Director Matt Stoll in a press release.

"This year's award recipients reflect that expansion — they range from a new roundabout project in Caldwell, to a private business investing in the future of public transportation, to a nonprofit that teaches children gardening and healthy eating principles that will last a lifetime, to supporting bicycle safety and those who promote it," said Stoll.