Taking government to the people

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2/21/2013  RssIcon

A great city is built of great neighborhoods. Together we rise, and together we reach out our arms to break the inevitable falls.

I have charged my administration with building bridges between the city and its residents, fortifying and widening them by strengthening our communications. And that effort begins with me.

Every few months, I bring our entire administration into one of Denver’s neighborhoods for our quarterly Cabinet in the Community. All the city’s agency heads and myself meet you where you are, bring updates on subjects that matter to you and answer your questions.

But that’s not all. I’m also making a monthly visit to a registered neighborhood organization to keep a finger on the pulse of our city.

I made this promise when I took office and I recommit to you now, Denver, that I will be out in our neighborhoods, listening to business owners and students, seniors and veterans, and anyone else who has something to say. I want to hear how you think we can deliver a better Denver.

My team will join me in this effort, sometimes by my side and other times bringing their own expertise and initiatives to our communities.

I’ll also be bringing to you news about Denver. Our priorities are kids, jobs, safety, customer service and sustainability. I want you to know how those values are shaping our programs and our policies. Most importantly, I want you to understand how our initiatives affect you, your families and your neighborhoods.

There are so many ways we are making Denver a smart city built for the 21st century. For example, on Day 1 of my administration, we kicked off our Peak Performance effort. Through Peak, we have asked city employees to find ways to make their agencies more efficient and effective. And they’ve done just that.

We are providing food assistance to families more quickly, getting more cops out from behind desks and out on patrol and delivering shorter wait times at the department of motor vehicles.

Our Peak Performance efforts are already saving the city $10 million per year. And our city team is hard at work to find other savings.

There are many more stories to tell, including some of yours, which I plan to share in future columns.

Meanwhile, my team and I are busy working on plans to visit your neighborhoods. I invite you to submit your ideas for where we should travel via facebook.com/5280mayor. Tell us about your church or your school, your park or rec center. Invite us to your business for a tour or to join you for a cup of coffee.

We just might surprise you.

I look forward to meeting you where you are, Denver. Be seeing you soon in a neighborhood near you!

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