State of the City, 2013

Shots from the 2013 State of the City Address
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"In the words of the great Nelson Mandela, 'There is no passion to be found playing small. In settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.' Together, we have connected ourselves to a world full of possibilities and opportunities for our children, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our city. We have committed to Denver’s prosperity, to Denver’s promise."

"In the words of the great Nelson Mandela, 'There is no passion to be found playing small. In settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.' Together, we have connected ourselves to a world full of possibilities and opportunities for our children, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our city. We have committed to Denver’s prosperity, to Denver’s promise."

Fist bump with Councilman Brooks

Fist bump with Councilman Brooks

Attendees

Attendees

"We are refocusing the police force on crime prevention, not just crime fighting. We restructured the department to get more officers out on patrol. We redrew districts to improve response times. We worked with the civil service commission to streamline our discipline process that is timely and fair for all parties. And again, thanks to our voters, for the first time in five years, we will hire 110 new officers."

"We are refocusing the police force on crime prevention, not just crime fighting. We restructured the department to get more officers out on patrol. We redrew districts to improve response times. We worked with the civil service commission to streamline our discipline process that is timely and fair for all parties. And again, thanks to our voters, for the first time in five years, we will hire 110 new officers."

"We all want to live in a city that encourages community and brings people together. A place that’s connected and sustainable. I’m proud that we are striping our 100th mile of bike lanes this year, we’ve added 31 new B-cycle stations; and we are set to expand Denver’s urban park system by nearly 300 acres within the next five years. For the first time since 1989, we are working to strengthen Denver’s creative community, which is very much a part of our global competitiveness."

"We all want to live in a city that encourages community and brings people together. A place that’s connected and sustainable. I’m proud that we are striping our 100th mile of bike lanes this year, we’ve added 31 new B-cycle stations; and we are set to expand Denver’s urban park system by nearly 300 acres within the next five years. For the first time since 1989, we are working to strengthen Denver’s creative community, which is very much a part of our global competitiveness."

"I have the audacity to believe that anyone who wants to live in the city should not be forced out because of cost. Yet 25,000 families in Denver need more affordable options. We want to give teachers the ability to live in the communities where they teach, officers the chance to live where they patrol."

"I have the audacity to believe that anyone who wants to live in the city should not be forced out because of cost. Yet 25,000 families in Denver need more affordable options. We want to give teachers the ability to live in the communities where they teach, officers the chance to live where they patrol."

"Soon, FasTracks will connect us all to our international airport. This will light-up development along the 20-mile route, an area you might have heard me call the Corridor of Opportunity and aerotropolis. I’m excited about the potential along this new line. I am even more excited about leveraging the biggest economic engine in the region to drive job creation and growth on a globally competitive scale."

"Soon, FasTracks will connect us all to our international airport. This will light-up development along the 20-mile route, an area you might have heard me call the Corridor of Opportunity and aerotropolis. I’m excited about the potential along this new line. I am even more excited about leveraging the biggest economic engine in the region to drive job creation and growth on a globally competitive scale."

Governor Hickenlooper and Former Mayor Bill Vidal listening to the speech

Governor Hickenlooper and Former Mayor Bill Vidal listening to the speech

"Denver, just as every resident matters, so does every neighborhood. We must better connect neighborhoods to resources and opportunities, particularly those that are under served and overlooked. By strengthening our neighborhoods, we strengthen our city’s global connectivity."

"Denver, just as every resident matters, so does every neighborhood. We must better connect neighborhoods to resources and opportunities, particularly those that are under served and overlooked. By strengthening our neighborhoods, we strengthen our city’s global connectivity."

"For nearly 30 years, we worked to secure the new nonstop flight to Tokyo. Now, we are connecting the Rocky Mountain West to the economic opportunities of the Asian continent. We’ve made great strides expanding international flights at DIA over the past two years by securing five new non-stop connections and three new airlines for tourism and commerce. But we know we must do more in order to compete in the global economy."

"For nearly 30 years, we worked to secure the new nonstop flight to Tokyo. Now, we are connecting the Rocky Mountain West to the economic opportunities of the Asian continent. We’ve made great strides expanding international flights at DIA over the past two years by securing five new non-stop connections and three new airlines for tourism and commerce. But we know we must do more in order to compete in the global economy."


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"Construction and development are driving our economy forward, positioning Denver as the ideal place to start a business, build a career and raise a family. Over the past year, Denver’s economy added 15,000 jobs and 1,000 new businesses. Joblessness has dropped two points since 2011 and our housing market is one of the strongest in the nation. On top of that, we’ve created a solid foundation for our city by growing our reserves and maintaining our AAA bond rating."

"Construction and development are driving our economy forward, positioning Denver as the ideal place to start a business, build a career and raise a family. Over the past year, Denver’s economy added 15,000 jobs and 1,000 new businesses. Joblessness has dropped two points since 2011 and our housing market is one of the strongest in the nation. On top of that, we’ve created a solid foundation for our city by growing our reserves and maintaining our AAA bond rating."

Getting ready to go on stage

Getting ready to go on stage

Denver Municipal Band

Denver Municipal Band

"From horse-drawn carriages to 21st century jet liners, Denver has grown from an isolated mining town to an up-and-coming metropolis. We are a smart, cutting-edge city linked by walking trails, bike paths, highways, light rail, and nonstop flights that create bridges – connections – that open up a world of opportunities for our children, neighbors and businesses."

"From horse-drawn carriages to 21st century jet liners, Denver has grown from an isolated mining town to an up-and-coming metropolis. We are a smart, cutting-edge city linked by walking trails, bike paths, highways, light rail, and nonstop flights that create bridges – connections – that open up a world of opportunities for our children, neighbors and businesses."

Governor Hickenlooper saying hello to the Hancock family

Governor Hickenlooper saying hello to the Hancock family

Chatting with Council members Robb and Faatz beforehand.

Chatting with Council members Robb and Faatz beforehand.

"Our challenge today is to take bold new steps to connect the city with the world, to connect Denver with its future. As your Mayor, I stand here today proud of the state of our city. Denver is strong – poised to get stronger – and primed to compete in the global marketplace."

"Our challenge today is to take bold new steps to connect the city with the world, to connect Denver with its future. As your Mayor, I stand here today proud of the state of our city. Denver is strong – poised to get stronger – and primed to compete in the global marketplace."

Procession

Procession

Procession

Procession

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