Mar 07, 2017
Diverse, Broad-Based Community Members Will Evaluate Citywide Needs and Recommend Priority Infrastructure Investments
DENVER – The city today announced the 2017 general obligation bond (“GO bond”) stakeholder committees that will thoroughly examine the capital facilities and infrastructure needs of Denver and make project recommendations for bond funding.
The diverse, 60+ volunteer committee members will focus on five programmatic areas. An Executive Committee also will be chaired by Roxane White, the President and CEO of the Nurse-Family Partnership and former Chief of Staff to Governor John Hickenlooper. Executive Committee co-chairs will be Jandel Allen-Davis M.D., the Vice President of Government and External Relations at Kaiser Permanente and J. J. Niemann, President of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation.
“Denver has a real opportunity to take a bold approach to our infrastructure needs while creating jobs for our people and neighborhoods,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Through the engagement of thousands of residents over the past few months, and now with these new stakeholder committees representing communities and neighborhoods citywide, I have no doubt Denver will develop forward-thinking projects and a smart investment package that will elevate our great city.”
The city began the GO bond process by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the enhancements they want in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. With six public meetings, a map-based online tool, City Council engagement and comment cards located at libraries and recreation centers, the city received more than 3,000 investment ideas.
The stakeholder committees will consider input from the community combined with project ideas identified by City Council, city agencies and the projects listed in Elevate 2020. The city also received information about major capital needs from other partners, such as city-owned cultural facilities.
Based on the input, the five programmatic stakeholder committees will be:
The stakeholder committees will hold meetings from mid-March to early May. Each stakeholder committee will be composed of civic and community leaders from a variety of backgrounds, a City Council representative and city staff to assist the committee with logistics. Committees will be provided foundational criteria that primarily focuses on project readiness, bond funding eligibility (e.g., serves a government purpose and has a 10-year useful life), equity, cost considerations, and critical system needs. Each committee will also be asked to identify criteria that help further evaluate each project within their specific committee.
The Executive Committee will take the project recommendations from each of the five programmatic committees and determine which projects to recommend to the Mayor. A final package of projects would then be referred to the November ballot by City Council this summer.
For more information about the 2017 GO Bond process, go to www.denvergov.org/2017GObond.