Program History

Bonds have always allowed our city to invest in what matters —places, programs and people. For decades, General Obligation bond (GO bond) programs improved Denver’s infrastructure and brought airports, fire stations, libraries, and more to the city.

In November 2021, voters approved Denver’s most recent bond, the $260 million RISE Denver Bond Program. However, this journey to the ballot began earlier when the city engaged the community in conversations about prioritizing funds to decide how and where to invest in Denver's recovery.

Rise GO Bond public input infographic

More than 6,800 residents weighed in with their priorities for investment for the 2021 RISE Denver GO Bond through telephone townhalls, surveys and online forums. Conversations were conducted in English via Zoom with Spanish, Vietnamese, and Amharic interpretations.

Community feedback was clear: Residents desired a bond package that drives economic recovery by investing in our people. This bond package delivers on that priority by creating thousands of jobs, preserving historic structures, creating much-needed community assets in underserved areas of our city, improving safety, serving our most vulnerable, and increasing accessibility to city facilities for all residents. 

Project Timeline

  • April 2021: Project Development Phase
    • RISE Beyond 2020-2025 (Six Year Capital Improvement Plan)
    • Departmental project priorities
    • City-owned partner institutions and Denver Health
    • Initial City Council project priorities
  • May - July 2021: Community Engagement and Project Evaluation Phase
    • Eligibility review
    • Internal citywide value and technical project evaluation
    • RISE Denver community engagement process
    • GO Bond external Executive Committee review of project list
    • City Council bond recovery, project priorities, microbudget priorities, and macro-budget priorities
  • July – August 2021: Legislative Process
    • July 27: City Council Finance and Governance Committee - Informational
    • August 3: City Council Finance and Governance Committee continued
    • August 23: City Council 2nd Reading (referral to ballot)
  • August – November 2021: Ballot Campaign and Vote
  • November 2021: Voters approved measures 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D with more than 60% approval
  • Spring 2022 – First debt issuance for bond (City Council approval required)
  • Spring 2024 – Second debt issuance for bond (City Council approval required)