Denver’s Ideas Economy
Michael B. Hancock, Mayor, City of Denver
Denver’s economy has the ingredients to flourish in today’s information and technology intensive economy. The presence of a skilled workforce, entrepreneurial energy, and a culture of innovation is helping the regional economy be among the top performing in the nation. Importantly, Denver Mayor Hancock’s administration has supported entrepreneurs and innovation, helping fuel the city's economic vibrancy.
At the February 7th luncheon, Mayor Hancock will discuss Denver’s favorable position in the emerging “ideas” economy, his initiatives for the city surrounding economic development, and the opportunities and challenges in building a stronger economy in today's economic environment.
This unique event will allow DABE members and guests the opportunity to interact with Mayor Hancock at the Federal Reserve Branch in Denver. All attendees are required to RSVP and pay in advance and must have a government issued ID to pass through the security screening required to enter the Federal Reserve Bank. Due to the additional time needed to pass though security, please make sure you arrive with sufficient time to ensure you can be seated with your lunch. For your convenience we have included links to PayPal below for active DABE members with dues paid through 2013 ($15), Non-members of DABE ($25) and Students ($15/$20).
Michael B. Hancock Biography
Michael B. Hancock became Denver, Colorado’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a globally competitive and connected city. With the fifth-busiest airport in the United States serving more than 53 million passengers per year, Mayor Hancock is leveraging Denver International Airport to make the entire Denver region a major gateway to the world.
Mayor Hancock has secured three new, nonstop international flights to Tokyo, Mexico City and Reykjavik, bringing a combined $167.4 million in economic benefits to the region. These routes are opening new connections between the Rocky Mountain West and Asia, Europe and Central America.
To help the Denver area compete in the global marketplace, Mayor Hancock also is working to create a bustling Airport City and Aerotropolis, which will create more than 30,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. The first phase of these initiatives includes a new 500-room hotel and transit center at the airport, as well as a 20-mile rail line linking Downtown Denver with Denver International Airport.
Mayor Hancock also worked with regional leaders to secure a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Downtown Denver. The Patent Office will generate nearly $440 million in economic benefits over the next five years and establish Denver as a hub of innovation in the high-tech and advanced-industry sectors. The Mayor has also developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace and healthcare. Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering among the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S.
Mayor Hancock has driven bold, smart financial stewardship to make Denver a responsible and desirable private-sector partner. He has maintained a balanced City budget, strong financial reserves and a Triple A credit rating. The Mayor believes there is nothing more important than helping every young person in every neighborhood compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy. He is aligning all City departments with nonprofits, businesses and educational organizations to better prepare all children for every stage of life. Mayor Hancock has also brought meaningful reform to the Denver Police Department by establishing new leadership that has reorganized the department to get highly trained officers out of the office and back onto the streets. These steps together strengthen Denver’s unparalleled quality of life.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Michael Hancock served on the Denver City Council for eight years, including two as City Council President. In his early career, he worked for the Denver Housing Authority and National Civic League, and was the youngest President of an Urban League chapter in America. Mayor Hancock is 43 years old and the proud father of three children: Alayna, Jordan and Janae. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 20 years.
Federal Reserve Bank Denver Branch Building
(1020 16th Street Mall, between Curtis and Arapahoe Streets)
Metered Street Parking is available ($1 an hour)
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Members ($15 + Paypal fee) Non-Members ($25 + fee) Student Members ($15 + fee) Student Non-Members ($20 + fee)
The event will include a buffet lunch.
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