BOISE -- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter gave his State of the City address in front of a large audience at the Egyptian Theatre Thursday afternoon.
He highlighted several local success stories in an effort to encourage residents to own their role in shaping the city's story and character.
Bieter gave a shout out to Kristin Armstrong and her recent gold medal win in Rio.
He then presented the Key to the City to Boise native Charlie Linville, who became the first combat amputee to climb Mount Everest earlier this year. The Key to the City is the highest honor the city can bestow on a resident.
Mayor Bieter later introduced a video highlighting local refugees to emphasize that Boise is a welcoming city.
He went on to discuss the clear out at Cooper Court and applauded community partners including Ada County, Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke's for joining the city's Housing First initiative to create permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness.
Boise leaders are moving forward with a plan to build apartments that will be home to between 40 and 50 people experiencing chronic homelessness.
"Tomorrow, we're going to open up requests for proposals and over the next several months go to work in constructing that facility and getting the services, the wrap-around services ready that are so important," Bieter said.
Mayor Bieter also touted the city's focus on education and asked voters to support a possible November bond for the College of Western Idaho to build a campus in downtown Boise's West End.
When discussing entrepreneurial spirit in the City of Trees, the mayor highlighted Boise-based company Corson Distilling Systems, led by brothers Josh and Tory Corson.
Bieter told the crowd that after only two years, the brothers' company is ranked in the top four worldwide when it comes to still makers. They have a revenue around $6 million and employ 42 people.
To wrap up, Mayor Bieter encouraged residents to celebrate their own contributions to Boise's story by using #IAMBOISE on social media.
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