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The State of the City 2014

“With a quality of life that is second to none, I am pleased to report that the State of our City has never been more vibrant.  Our people are proud to live here.  Our city is thriving,” Mayor Hancock told an audience of more than 500 at the Denver Art Museum. “We have marched out of the recession. Neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, family by family we are emerging as a city of opportunity for all people.”

-Mayor Michael B. Hancock, 2014 State of the City Address

During his third year in office, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced advancements his administration made to deliver a livable city for all residents, one that offers opportunity around every corner. With a continued focus on children, jobs and safety, Denver’s 45th Mayor enacted innovative strategies to keep our great city moving forward. To ensure Denver remains one of the most livable cities in the country, the Hancock Administration is focused on helping every neighborhood, every business and every family succeed. 

Priorities and Accomplishments

Building opportunity neighborhood by neighborhood. Denver is booming with development and infrastructure projects that are uplifting neighborhoods. The new Union Station, Crawford Hotel and surrounding retail have spurred a $1.8 billion wave of development in the area. Other projects include Welton Street investments that are sparking catalytic projects along the corridor and $60 million in improvements to Federal Boulevard from 6th Avenue to I-70.

Growing business and job opportunities.
Denver is creating a stable economic foundation by delivering on a basic mission to increase job opportunities, grow and attract new companies and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century. A big year for business attraction, Denver welcomed large employers such as Kinross Gold USA, NAMJet and Ardent Mills. The city also gained solid footing as a small business and startup hotspot by ensuring businesses have access to capital and a good workforce, and by leveling the playing field for minority and women owned businesses.

Delivering opportunity to live healthy, happy lives.
From access to fresh foods to affordable housing, Denver is zeroing in on what each neighborhood needs in order for residents to lead a high quality lifestyle. Every resident deserves to feel safe in their neighborhood. By restructuring the Police Department, crime rates are falling, response times are improving and Denver’s officers are able to focus on proactive patrols to better prevent crime.

Offering all of Denver’s children the opportunity to achieve.
Denver is providing unprecedented support to its children by giving them access to a good education as well as quality libraries, parks, healthy foods, and activities that keep their minds and bodies engaged. Open to more than 100,000 children, the MY Denver Card program is getting children into rec centers like never before.  Today, more than 12,000 children access Denver’s rec center every month for free.

Committing to every opportunity to supply better services.
Denver is being recognized nationwide for taking an employee-led approach to streamlining services and delivering the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost. Creating a government that works smarter by moving at the speed of its residents, the administration has brought online more interactions between residents and City Hall and done away with credit card fees. 

New Programs and Initiatives

To ensure all families and individuals are able to prosper, the city will take comprehensive action to address a full range of housing challenges and provide safe, quality affordable housing to residents. This will include housing and supportive services for up to 300 of Denver’s chronically homeless using social impact bonds.

By year’s end, Denver will finalize its efforts to formally designate more than 700 acres of protected parkland. The city will also realize the benefit of a $25 million investment into the South Platte River and restore nearly 200 acres of habitat between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Peña Boulevard.

Keeping with Denver’s focused efforts to elevate overlooked and underserved communities, the city will move to create a town center on Morrison Road, spurring jobs and income and bringing fresh foods that will lift up the entire community. The city will also launch a neighborhood planning effort in partnership with Westwood neighbors to deliver long-lasting improvements.

The Mayor has joined the Denver Preschool Program in asking Denver voters to reauthorize and expand the early childhood education program that gives the city’s youngest students a smart start on their educational careers. This program creates equal access for all Denver’s kids and ensures they en ter school prepared to learn.