DENVER (CBS4) – A vibrant, world-class city attracting new residents and businesses — that’s how Mayor Michael Hancock assesses the state of Denver.
The mayor delivered his State of the City Address Monday morning at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. In his speech the mayor talked about development, new city services and safety.
Hancock also talked a lot about creating a “smart city.”
“What lies before us is an opportunity to reshape what it means to be a 21st century city — a world-class city where everyone matters,” Hancock said. “We are accomplishing this by creating a city government that provides the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost, focusing every resource on delivering more opportunities for our kids, safer streets and an economy built to last. That is a smart city.”
Hancock said the city is launching a multi-million dollar fund to support businesses and a guide to help them navigate city paperwork. He also announced a pilot program for new student identity cards that will also serve as library and recreation center cards.
Hancock also unveiled “e-Denver,” a new website for a whole host of city services.
“In the coming months bold new features will be added,” he said. “If you need a permit or a license, you’ll be able to get that online … want to see how the city is spending your money? Check it out online.”
He said e-Denver will save residents time and save the city money.
The city will also be setting up a new domestic violence center that has been in the works for several years.
“We have been researching these family justice centers all over the country,” Hancock said. “This is really a one-stop-shop for any victim of domestic violence to walk in, get protective services, have counseling, get shelter, take care of their children, their pet, medical care; whatever is necessary — one stop.”