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Denver Selects Atkins North America to Manage 2017 General Obligation Bond Program

DENVER – The City and County of Denver today announced the selection of Atkins North America Inc. as the program management team for the 2017 general obligation (GO) bond to repair and improve infrastructure in neighborhoods across Denver. The first bond issuance is anticipated in mid-2018.

“These GO bonds are about managing Denver’s growth in a way that makes important repairs to our infrastructure, enhances our mobility and protects the quality of life we love about our city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The Atkins team will work to address stakeholder needs, incorporate best practices from across the country, and bring a strategic approach to program management as these community-supported projects get underway.”

The Atkins GO Bond program management team will be responsible for helping the city evaluate the timing of project construction; coordinating with appropriate city agencies, cultural partners and the Denver Health and Hospital Authority; communicating the progress of projects with city departments and the community; and coordinating bond issuances.

“At the highest level, our philosophical approach to program management of the GO Bond is to provide continuity from the Better Denver Bond Program and bring innovation to elevate the program to an even higher level of success,” said Ken Hawkins, Vice President of Atkins North America Inc.

The city and Atkins are expected to finalize the terms of the program management contract before the end of the year, with the final contract presented to Denver City Council in early 2018. 

Overwhelmingly approved by Denver voters this past November, the 2017 GO Bond will allow the city to repair roads and bridges, improve parks and rec centers, upgrade our police and fire stations, and enhance our cultural institutions.

The city began the GO bond process in 2016 by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the improvements 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 across Denver, the city received more than 4,000 investment ideas, emails and public comments throughout the community engagement process. 

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