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After more than 700 designs submitted, and over 1,000 comments received, the search for Pocatello’s new flag is down to 6.
Recently, the City of Pocatello Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee approved the final six flags that are now being presented to the public for a final round of input. Included with the flags’ designs are a mock-up of what the flag may look like on a flagpole as well as a description of each flag’s symbolism. The public is being asked to rate each design on a scale of one to five stars and answer the questions, why did you assign this rating to the design and what is your connection to Pocatello?
The public can view and comment on the designs at flag.pocatello.us as well as at a display at City Hall.
“We’re in the home stretch for raising a proper flag for Pocatello,” said Logan McDougall, Chairman of the Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee. “I’d like to thank everyone who’s participated so far and if you haven’t yet, make sure to let us know which flag you think should fly over our city.”
The process has included seeking feedback from the public as well as input and assistance from a panel of local and national experts in design, history, vexillology, advertising, and art convened by the Ad-Hoc Committee. Both the public and experts were tasked with selecting what they viewed as the top designs and explaining why those designs best represented Pocatello.
“Beyond just looking at the flags themselves, we were looking to see what themes emerged from the comments and what people view as the cornerstones of the city,” McDougall said. “For example, the mountains and our recreational opportunities, the Portneuf River, and education were a few common themes frequently mentioned by respondents.”
Utilizing public, Ad-Hoc Committee and their own comments, the experts then worked to modify the top designs. The final six are the end result.
“On behalf of the City of Pocatello, I’d like to personally thank the expert panel for the time and effort they’ve donated to this cause,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “I’d also like to extend my thanks to the Ad-Hoc committee for their tireless work in seeing our city be represented by a proper flag.”
The comment period will run through June 30 at 5 p.m. After which, a flag will be presented to the City of Pocatello City Council for consideration to be adopted as the official flag of Pocatello.