Communication and Public Awareness

Leadership in Motion Awards

Award Winners

Each year, COMPASS presents Leadership in Motion awards to businesses, individuals, and projects that have demonstrated leadership in supporting the goals of vision of Communities in Motion.

Leadership in Motion awards recognize businesses, individuals, and projects that demonstrate leadership in supporting the Treasure Valley’s regional long-range transportation plan, Communities in Motion; plan goals are outlined at the bottom of this page.

The awards shine a spotlight on what is working and facilitate the sharing of good ideas.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, COMPASS was unable to present the
2021 Leadership in Motion awards in person.

Watch a virtual presentation here.


Congratulations 2021 Leadership in Motion Award Recipients:

  • Leadership in Practice, Volunteer

View past Leadership in Motion winners here.

Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards closed on September 15, 2022. Award recipients will be notified in early December. 

Award nominations for 2023 recipients will open in August 2023. Those awards will recognize work conducted between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Check back here for details.

Award Categories

Leadership in Government (Two awards: Ada County and Canyon County)
This award is presented for a project that is managed, funded, or conducted, wholly or partially, by a government agency that exemplifies on-the-ground implementation of the goals described in Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 and/or supports the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision. (This award is for projects; individuals are recognized in the “professional,” “citizen/volunteer,” and “elected/appointed official” categories.)

Leadership in Private Business/Nonprofit 
This award is presented to a private business or nonprofit organization whose policies or work projects support the goals of Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 and/or the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision.

Leadership in Practice, Professional
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to furthering the goals and vision of Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 through his/her job. Nominees may work in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors; COMPASS staff members are not eligible.

Leadership in Practice, Citizen/Volunteer 
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to furthering the goals and vision of Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 through individual actions or volunteer activities.

Leadership by Example, Elected/Appointed Official
This award is presented to an elected or appointed official who has demonstrated region-wide leadership in the areas of transportation and land use planning and whose leadership has helped further the goals and vision of Communities in Motion 2040 2.0.


Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 elements and goals:




Enhance the transportation system to improve accessibility and connectivity to jobs, schools, and services; allow the efficient movement of people and goods; and ensure the reliability of travel by all modes considering social, economic, and environmental elements.


Improve safety and security for all transportation modes and users.


Protect and preserve existing transportation systems and opportunities.


Develop a transportation system with high connectivity that preserves capacity of the regional system and encourages walk and bike trips.


Land Use


Coordinate local land use planning, transportation planning, and development to maximize the use of existing infrastructure, increase the effectiveness of investment, and retain or enhance the vitality of the local community.


Recognize and more clearly define and support the regional role of all communities, including small communities.


Encourage infill development and more compact growth near community-identified activity centers.


Strive for more walkable, bikeable, and livable communities with a strong sense of place and clear community identity and boundaries.




Encourage mixed-use neighborhoods, town centers, and other development types that include a variety of housing options to meet the transportation and housing needs of all socio-economic groups.


Community Infrastructure


Promote land use patterns that provide Treasure Valley residents with safe, reliable, and cost-efficient infrastructure services.


Promote maintenance and preservation of existing infrastructure.




Promote a transportation system and land use patterns that enhance public health, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life.


Economic Development


Develop a regional transportation system that connects communities, provides access to employment centers, and provides efficient truck, rail, and/or air freight movement throughout the Treasure Valley.


Maintain the vitality of regional centers, downtowns, and main streets through continued public and private investments in new and existing business, housing, and transportation options as appropriate.


Open Space


Promote development and transportation projects that protect and provide all of the region’s population with access to open space, natural resources, and trails.




Protect and enhance transportation routes for the efficient movement of farm equipment and products.


Protect agricultural land for food, fiber, and fuel production and support of other agricultural and food-related businesses.


Communities in Motion 2040 Vision

Vision Statement:

The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision provides new housing and jobs along transit corridors and in major activity centers with a strong focus on maintaining the region’s recreation and open space areas. New growth would be comprised of a variety of housing types, served by infrastructure, nearby services, and outside of prime farmland or environmental constraints. This scenario supports local comprehensive plan goals and densities, and includes entitled developments as of July 2012. This scenario would support high-capacity transit for State Street (Highway 44) and a route parallel to Interstate 84, as well as multimodal infrastructure and services throughout the region. Key goals include walkability, preserving farmland, minimizing congestion, increasing transportation options, improving jobs-housing balance, better access to parks, and maintaining environmental resources.

Link to Vision Map