DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today named Steve Ferris the new Director of Development Services for the City and County of Denver. Ferris replaces Kelly Leid, who was appointed Project Manager for the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.
“Construction and development are driving our economy forward, positioning Denver as the ideal place to start a business, build a career and raise a family,” Mayor Hancock said. “Steve brings with him the knowledge and expertise to enable smart development in our neighborhoods and beyond, development that will drive job creation and growth on a globally competitive scale.”
Development Services is the city’s one-stop shop for project services. The department works with homeowners, contractors and developers by supporting the planning and permitting of projects in Denver. Through plan reviews, building inspections and neighborhood inspections, Development Services ensures public safety and quality-of-life standards for Denver’s communities.
Ferris will begin his work at the city on August 7, 2013.
“I’m very excited to be joining this forward-thinking team and anxious to hit the ground running to support Mayor Hancock’s bold vision of a globally connected and competitive city,” Ferris said. “From Denver’s neighborhood developments to large scale projects like Union Station, I am eager to start helping facilitate broad-based strategic partnerships to drive smart growth.”
Ferris, a seasoned development veteran, brings with him nearly 25 years of urban development expertise in land use regulations, process leadership, team development, construction/design, stakeholder relations, economic development and public outreach. Currently serving as Director of Community Development for the Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado, Ferris has also worked as Director of Development for the Western U.S. at Gencom Group, Town Manager for Telluride, Colorado, and Chief Planner of the Island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Over the course of his career, he has spearheaded over $50 million in programs as a city manager, planning director, and development manager; including developing plans, studies, and programs while building relationships, managing processes, and implementing strategies.
Ferris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. He received his Master of City and Regional Planning, Land Use from Cornell University and Master of Business Administration, Real Estate Finance from the University of Denver. A member of the Urban Land Institute, Ferris is also a former board member of the East Washington Park Neighborhood Association and City and County of Denver Small Business Committee.