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email@example.comMayor Hickenlooper Appoints Neighborhood Liaison
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Thursday his appointment of Tamara Banks as his neighborhood liaison. The goal of this new position is to enhance coordination and communication between the City and County of Denver and its neighborhoods.
“We want to ensure that our administration and the entire city are as responsive as possible to neighborhood needs and concerns,” said Hickenlooper. “Through her years of community involvement and experience with local issues as both a Denver reporter and resident, Tamara is well-suited to serve as a vital conduit between neighborhoods and the City.”
In her capacity as the Mayor’s neighborhood liaison, Banks will meet regularly with neighborhood organizations and residents, listening to neighborhood needs, identifying trends, and looking for synergies and opportunities to better connect neighborhoods with City services and address neighborhood issues through policies or programs.
“I am looking forward to working directly with the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation board and other community groups to facilitate ongoing communications between the Mayor’s Office, city agencies and Denver’s neighborhoods,” said Banks, who will start in her new position on July 1, 2005.
Banks is well known locally as a news anchor and reporter for KWGN-TV (WB2 News) in Denver, where she has worked since 1992. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for KRDO-TV (ABC) in Colorado Springs and as a radio news reporter for stations in Denver, Dallas, Albuquerque, and Greeley, Colorado.
Actively involved in the community, Banks is a past president of the Colorado Association of Black Journalists and serves on the boards of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, the Colorado and National Associations of Black Journalists, the Five Points Business Association, the Denver Art Museum’s African American Art Committee, and the Metropolitan State College Visual Arts Center, just to name a few. She has also served as Mistress of Ceremonies and a keynote speaker at numerous community events.
Banks received her bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
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