During his first year in office, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and his administration made significant progress toward delivering a world-class city where everyone matters. With a focus on children, jobs and safety, Denver’s 45th Mayor began enacting bold, innovative strategies and smart solutions to keep moving our great city forward.
Delivering more opportunity for all Denver’s children
Mayor Hancock announced three new programs launching this fall to support children and young adults from cradle to career
Providing 21st Century customer service
The City will save time and resources for its departments, employees and customers by leveraging modern technology. In his speech, Mayor Hancock launched the “e-Denver” online initiative, offering a new website optimized to provide easy, 24-hour access to city services.
Upcoming online services include:
Building a diverse economy for the future
Mayor Hancock pledged to enhance the City’s partnership with small businesses and local companies to help them compete in a global economy. The City will provide a new “Peak Enterprise” toolkit of services originally outlined in the JumpStart 2012 economic development plan.
This new toolkit will:
Enhancing crime prevention
Mayor Hancock reinforced the importance of having a strong relationship between Denver’s Police Department and the community in order to better prevent crime throughout the City.
Assuring the highest quality resources for Denver’s crime fighters and victims of crime, the Mayor announced the creation of the Rose Andom Domestic Violence Center. This one-stop-shop will provide comprehensive support including:
Year One priorities:
Among the year's top accomplishments:
Increasing opportunities for Denver's Kids
The City is placing a renewed emphasis on Denver’s children through the Denver Education Compact and establishing a Children’s Cabinet, increasing access to the Internet and providing meals to thousands of low-income kids.
Spurring new economic opportunities
Denver’s new international flights to Iceland and Tokyo will generate a combined $158 million economic impact on the region and open Denver to new markets in Europe and Asia.
Making Denver's streets safer
The Denver Police Department has been reorganized to get highly trained police personnel out of the office and back into neighborhoods. Leadership has been flattened, the rank of division chief has been eliminated, and new commanders who have strong relationships in their districts have been appointed.
Strengthening the safety net
Focusing on children and families hit hardest by the recession, the City has expanded vital services for the homeless and declared it inhumane to leave anyone on the street, paving the way home for our most vulnerable populations.
Transforming city government to provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost
The City has improved customer service and made government more efficient and cost-effective through new initiatives like Peak Performance. Starting in 2013, new efficiencies will save $10 million annually.
The newly announced U.S. Patent Office will put Denver on the cutting edge and bolster the region’s burgeoning high-tech sectors while fostering local job creation.
Denver's budget is a financial blueprint that maps the many services the City provides and how those services are funded. Services include police and fire protection, snow removal, street maintenance, recreation programs and parks and libraries. See how you can help fix the budget gap by going here...
After three years of measures to balance the budget, agencies are feeling the effects of putting off needed investments in capital and human resources. We need a new approach to these ongoing challenges. Learn more about Peak Performance
The Denver Education Compact is Mayor Hancock's initiative to create a new and binding agreement requiring the City, Denver Public Schools, higher education and community stakeholders to make specific commitments to improve education throughout Denver. Learn more...
Mayor Hancock has accepted President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, committing the City and County of Denver to reduce energy use 20 percent by 2020 across its building portfolio, which totals more than seven million square feet. Learn more about the Better Buildings Denver program...