Dec. 30, 2011
Dear Friends –
As we bid farewell to 2011 and usher in a new year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past 12 months while also looking boldly ahead to the future with hope and optimism.
The past few years of economic struggles have presented all of us – in every family, in every neighborhood – with unprecedented challenges and difficult decisions.
While the hardships of previous years will likely continue into 2012, I am proud of where Denver is today.
We have not been content to tread water or sit idle. Instead, we have continued to develop our economy, strengthen our neighborhoods and create new opportunities for all
children. Wisely we have remained steadfast in our commitment to transforming Denver into one of the most vibrant, innovative and sustainable cities in America.
This New Year will bring a number of tough choices to Denver – choices that will impact the Mile High City and the entire metro region for years to come.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”
That time is now. The time has come to ask ourselves:
- What is the best path forward for the National Western Stock Show?
- Does it make economic sense for Denver to submit a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics?
- How do we as a region address the homeless problem in Downtown Denver and preserve a fraying safety net?
- As a community in a changing economy, what services, and at what level, do residents expect from their city government?
Together, over the next 12 months, I look forward to asking and answering those and many other difficult questions with all of you.
This is a time to reassess, re-calibrate and fundamentally rethink the way in which our City serves its people.
We can address our residents’ needs by becoming better, faster and stronger, and by doing so we will deliver a world-class city where everyone matters.
To achieve those goals we must answer the very real, very pressing short and long-term questions that face Denver and the region.
As we head into the New Year, I am optimistic.
The state’s unemployment rate continues to improve. We offer a low cost of living and a low cost of doing business while delivering one of the highest quality of life of any state in the nation. Our City ranks first among the U.S.’s most desirable places to live with a nationally recognized sustainability culture and a AAA-bond rating.
Since taking office, my administration has been hard at work setting a foundation that will drive economic development, create a sustainable fiscal structure, provide our children and most vulnerable with the resources they need to succeed, and build the public’s trust with our safety officials.
This groundwork has included creating a long-term strategy to attract, grow and retain businesses and jobs in Denver and appointing new leadership to our safety departments to affect a culture change throughout the city.
My administration will continue to engage our businesses, engage our neighborhoods, and engage our residents.
We will provide you with the best information and together, we will tackle the tough decisions that face our City.
Happy new year, Denver!
Mayor Michael B. Hancock