Mayor Launches Public-Input Initiative

Mayor Launches Public-Input Initiative


Thursday, February 5, 2004

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
(720) 865-9016

Mayor Launches Public-Input Initiative

“Denver Listens” Series Provides Opportunity for the Community to Shape City’s Future

Mayor John Hickenlooper is launching his newest public-input initiative: Denver Listens.

Denver Listens is a citywide effort to gather public feedback on how to achieve the City’s Five Goals established by the Mayor and his administration. The goals are as follows:

By 2007,

1. We will achieve the highest customer service rating in the country.

2. We will create 25,000 net, new private sector jobs in the region.

3. People who live in Denver will say it is an even better place to live than it was in 2003.

4. People who work for Denver City government will say it is an even better place to work than it was in 2003.

5. We will live within our means.

“We know these are the goals around which we want to organize our efforts,” Mayor Hickenlooper said, “but we want ideas and suggestions from our citizens as to what efforts they would like to see in order for us to successfully accomplish these goals.”

Mayor Hickenlooper will host five community sessions in March; dates and locations are listed below. The public input that is gathered at these sessions will help to determine priorities for City services, which will be an important part of the budget-setting process performed later in the year.

Dana Bryson, director of the Denver Office of Accountability and Reform, which is helping to organize the meetings, noted, “During difficult budgetary times like these, it is important to prioritize our services. With the public’s help, we can do just that.”

How does it work? Participants will use touchpad technology facilitating discussion and allowing for real-time data gathering and feedback. The sessions will be interactive and fun while providing crucial information for Denver City government. Mayor Hickenlooper, City Council officials, and members of the Mayor’s Cabinet will be in attendance.

People are asked to attend the session in their geographic area. An RSVP is required as space is limited to 150 participants for each session. You can call (720) 865-9047 or e-mail to reserve your space.

Dates and Locations
• Tuesday March 2, 2004
• 5:30 – 8:30 PM
• South High, School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.

• Tuesday March 9, 2004
• 5:30 – 8:30 PM
• Tivoli Center, 901 Larimer Street

• Wednesday March 10, 2004
• 5:30 – 8:30 PM
• SWIC Center, 1000 S. Lowell Blvd.

• Tuesday March 16, 2004
• Clayton School, 3801 Martin Luther King Blvd.
• 5:30 – 8:30 PM

• Wednesday March 24, 2004
• Sheitler Rec. Center, 5031 W. 46th Ave.
• 5:30 – 8:30 PM

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Posted on Feb 05, 2004 (Archive on Mar 06, 2004)
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