Message from the Mayor: It's time to JumpStart 2012 With a New Denver Jobs Plan
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Today I launched JumpStart
2012, a new strategic plan for creating jobs and growing
Denver’s economy by focusing on world-class opportunities for Denver’s
businesses, residents and neighborhoods.
To create a
sustainable Denver, we must find new ways to strengthen the local market.
Through JumpStart 2012, we will be revving up Denver’s economic engine
to drive private sector growth and job creation throughout the City.
2012 strategic plan identifies major, immediate steps the Denver Office of
Economic Development will take this year to bolster business development,
community lending and investment and workforce development.
With this strategy, we are charting a new, more targeted, course for
economic development in Denver, one that will provide more accountability and
better customer service. JumpStart 2012 goes beyond infrastructure
and buildings – it’s a pathway to strong families, integrated communities and
outlines seven pillars of initiatives, goals and partners that we will
collaborate with to implement the plan.
These pillars are:
· Business Retention – Retain and strengthen Denver-based companies.
· Small Business Advocacy – Create an environment to help small business
thrive through collaboration between public, private and nonprofit sectors.
· Business Recruitment – Increase the number and quality of companies that
relocate to Denver.
· Sustainable Neighborhood Development – Drive strategic investment in neighborhoods
hardest hit by the recession to develop eco-friendly affordable housing and
sustainable economic development.
· Business Lending – Make the Business Lending Program a key tool for
advancing economic development strategy.
· Key Strategic Projects – Execute strategic projects and small business
opportunity initiatives to maximize the positive economic impact on the City of
· Workforce Development – Establish Denver as the city with the most highly
skilled and productive workforce.
Also today, I received a set of recommendations from
Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., and a volunteer team of regional economic
development professionals to improve the Denver Office of Economic Development.
These suggestions will help us sharpen the OED’s tools and more efficiently
execute the agency’s strategies.
To build on the JumpStart 2012 foundation, I
will also work with the OED to develop a long-term economic strategy that we
will roll-out this year to guide the City’s priorities and work for years to
CLICK HERE to read the full JumpStart 2012 report.
I look forward to continuing to work with you to
strengthen our local business environment and deliver a world-class city where
Michael B. Hancock