Arvada, Westminster, Wheat Ridge and Golden mayors highlight regional issues during roundtable conversation

Westminster represented in chamber roundtable event

Posted 12/1/15

Mayors from four neighboring cities talked of looking beyond city boundaries to collaboratively solve regional issues during the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayoral Roundtable.

“One of the great things about the Denver metro area is …

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Arvada, Westminster, Wheat Ridge and Golden mayors highlight regional issues during roundtable conversation

Westminster represented in chamber roundtable event

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Mayors from four neighboring cities talked of looking beyond city boundaries to collaboratively solve regional issues during the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayoral Roundtable.

“One of the great things about the Denver metro area is we all think regionally, and we believe in that,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said at the beginning of the Nov. 20 event.

The roundable discussion was part of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s third Friday Breakfast series. Williams was joined by Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay, Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison and Golden Mayor Pro Tem Joe Behm. For a little more than an hour, the mayors discussed the major issues facing their communities. They included construction defects legislation, water issues, local environmental concerns, transit-oriented development, housing density, transportation, tax-increment financing, growth and urban renewal.

Community members Berto Aranda and James McLaughlin found the discussion informative not only about their communities, but also about surrounding areas.

“It’s very interesting how all four areas are growing immensely,” said Aranda, a new Arvada resident interested in the state of the city and its development.

“It’s cool to see what is going on in the community,” McLaughlin said. “There wasn’t one discussion that got away from transportation and it will be interesting to see how all that plays out.”

No matter the topic, the mayors kept returning to the central theme of collaboration as something they said not only builds stronger communities, but also helps the area grow.

“It pays to work beyond your borders,” Atchison said, referring to the U.S. Route 36 Expressway Project. “The Denver-metro area has the biggest opportunity to continue to shine, through the Metro Mayors Caucus and the DRCOG (Denver Regional Council of Governments) groups. We are there.”Mayors from four neighboring cities talked of looking beyond city boundaries to collaboratively solve regional issues during the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayoral Roundtable.

“One of the great things about the Denver metro area is we all think regionally, and we believe in that,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said at the beginning of the Nov. 20 event.

The roundable discussion was part of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s third Friday Breakfast series. Williams was joined by Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay, Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison and Golden Mayor Pro Tem Joe Behm. For a little more than an hour, the mayors discussed the major issues facing their communities. They included construction defects legislation, water issues, local environmental concerns, transit-oriented development, housing density, transportation, tax-increment financing, growth and urban renewal.

Community members Berto Aranda and James McLaughlin found the discussion informative not only about their communities, but also about surrounding areas.

“It’s very interesting how all four areas are growing immensely,” said Aranda, a new Arvada resident interested in the state of the city and its development.

“It’s cool to see what is going on in the community,” McLaughlin said. “There wasn’t one discussion that got away from transportation and it will be interesting to see how all that plays out.”

No matter the topic, the mayors kept returning to the central theme of collaboration as something they said not only builds stronger communities, but also helps the area grow.

“It pays to work beyond your borders,” Atchison said, referring to the U.S. Route 36 Expressway Project. “The Denver-metro area has the biggest opportunity to continue to shine, through the Metro Mayors Caucus and the DRCOG (Denver Regional Council of Governments) groups. We are there.”

Mayoral Roundtable, Arvada, Colorado, Golden, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Crystal Anderson

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