The Redevelopment Association of Idaho, Inc. (RAI) is composed of urban renewal/redevelopment agencies and affiliated organizations from across the state of Idaho. The Association was incorporated in 2010 with by-laws and other formal organizational activities taking place in 2011 with the following objectives:
- To create a forum to facilitate communication between and among Idaho redevelopment practitioners and to facilitate compliance with applicable state law and regulation;
- To collect and organize useful information to facilitate public understanding of urban renewal activities and practices in the state;
- To facilitate effective public policy making by engaging legislators, public officials, and other constituencies in the drafting or amendment of urban renewal laws and regulation;
- To improve accountability and advance the effectiveness of the redevelopment tool through the proper formation and management of urban renewal agencies throughout the state.
Currently, over twenty-eight of the 42 urban renewal/redevelopment agencies from across the state are members. The cities range in size from Driggs (population 1,666) to Boise (population 205,671) and represent almost 50% of Idaho’s total population. In addition, there are currently eight affiliate members; organizations that support and participate in urban renewal activities.
RAI is a volunteer-driven association with members taking an active role in managing the association, providing information to members, and recommending actions for legislative activities.