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Implementation and Management

The City chose a program management model to assist in administering and managing the Better Denver program. Program Management is a business practice used to ensure smoother delivery and improved performance on large scale, multi-faceted projects.

The City launched a procurement process to select a program manager firm, resulting in the selection of the locally-based engineering, construction and project management company CH2M HILL. CH2M HILL serves as an extension of city staff. The firm is responsible for providing day-to-day customer service to end users and aligning the efforts of hundreds of designers, contractors and third parties to city goals and standards. This public-private partnership allows the City to maximize the outstanding expertise of its staff with the support of a private sector firm in order to reduce costs and improve schedule, performance, quality, and safety standards.

The Better Denver Bond Program is guided, at different levels, by the following groups:

  • Mayor/Mayor's Office
  • City Council
  • Program Management Firm (CH2M HILL)
  • Bond Implementation Manager
  • Bond Executive Committee (Mayor's Office, City Council, Bond Implementation Manager, and key city staff)
  • Bond Steering Committee (staff representatives of the benefiting agencies)

Oversight of the bond program is the responsibility of the Bond Implementation Manager, George Delaney, who was appointed as director of the bond program in early 2011. Throughout implementation of the bond program, Delaney will chair the Better Denver Bond Executive Committee, which will develop program policy and ensure performance and accountability. Delaney currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer of the City’s Department of Public Works

The Bond Steering Committee is made up of city staff with the charter to respond to the Bond Executive Committee and facilitate execution of the program.