|Mayor Hancock Announces Key Progress During First 100 Days
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today marked his 100th day in office, announcing major milestones in priority areas such as economic development, fiscal sustainability, children and education and public safety.
The Mayor also highlighted his Administration’s emphasis on public input and outreach into Denver’s diverse communities, such as Saturday’s citywide Community Forum and participation in more than 130 neighborhood events in just over three months.
“We’ve hit the ground running by advancing a proactive agenda that includes an extraordinary level of community outreach and public input,” Mayor Hancock said. “Together, we have closed a $100 million budget shortfall, increased economic opportunity throughout the City and ensured that our diverse neighborhoods are involved every step of the way.”
The Mayor thanked Denver residents and City employees for helping to shape his aggressive 100-day agenda and for taking part in the early work of his Administration.
Mayor Hancock has focused on four top priorities since being sworn in on July 18 as Denver’s 45th Mayor: creating jobs, fiscal sustainability, improving education in every neighborhood, and bridging the trust between Denver residents and the Police Department.
“We have heard from the people of Denver and we are responding,” Mayor Hancock said. “While we have only been in office for a short time, the Administration is taking action in order to deliver a world-class city where everyone matters. We’re setting a strong foundation for the next four years of progress.”
In addition to accomplishments in those four priority areas, the Mayor is also solving problems on a number of emerging and urgent issues, including opposing Initiative 300, supporting candidates for Denver Public School Board, balancing free-speech rights of Occupy Denver protesters with public safety concerns and working towards a win-win-win solution that keeps the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
“Together, we are addressing emerging issues, we are tackling the hard conversations and we are making tough choices,” Mayor Hancock said. “We will continue down this path, ensuring collaboration and innovation are at the core of every action made.”
Highlights from Mayor Hancock’s first 100 days in office:
Economic Growth & Job Creation:
- Naming an all-star team of economic developers to craft a strategic job-creation plan for Denver. Team members include new Director of Economic Development Paul Washington, Director of Development Services Kelly Leid, as well as top advisers such as Tom Clark from the Metro Denver EDC.
- Helping land a new flight from Denver International Airport to Iceland on Icelandair that will provide a low-cost portal to and from Europe.
- Engaging well over 200 CEOs and business leaders in a dozen roundtables to identify challenges, find solutions and take advantage of opportunities. Focused on supporting small and start-up businesses and ensuring fair competition.
- Initiating plans for an international reverse trade mission that will bring new investment and economic growth to Denver. Hosted leaders from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe to begin strengthening international business relations.
- Standing with the business community to oppose Initiative 300 because it places Denver at an unfair competitive disadvantage.
- Launching Denver Seeds, which will grow a fresh-food economy and make Denver one of the most sustainable cities in America.
Fiscal Sustainability & Better Government:
- Submitting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget to the City Council on Sept. 13 and setting the stage for tough choices in 2012 to eliminate the City’s $30 million to $50 million structural budget imbalance.
- Launching Peak Performance, a new strategic initiative that will make City government more efficient, effective and customer-focused.
- Appointing 12 Cabinet members – diverse leaders who will bring a new spirit of customer service, collaboration and innovation to City government.
- Engaging employees in a more meaningful way than ever before through personal visits to departments, roundtable meetings, email, suggestion boxes and one-on-one meetings.
Children & Education:
- Launching the Denver Education Compact, an unprecedented initiative that formally brings together the City, DPS, higher-ed, business community and nonprofit sector to improve the educational pipeline from cradle to career.
- Endorsing candidates for DPS Board of Education who will advance reforms and improve education in every neighborhood for all children.
- Participating in nearly 30 education-related events at schools and other venues, ensuring that children and education remain in sharp focus.
Public Trust in Public Safety:
- Naming Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez as the new Manager of Safety.
- Launching a national search for a new Chief of Police.
- Visiting with officers at all six police precincts.
- Proposing $5 million in efficiency savings by implementing a Strategic Resource Alignment Plan within the Police Department.
- Holding neighborhood forums, providing suggestion boxes, creating an email account and meeting with community leaders to build trust between the public and the Police Department.
Mayor Hancock provided a full report to the community on the progress his Administration has made in accomplishing goals and setting the groundwork for the next four years.
Click here to see the full report.