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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND

LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

SECTION

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER

Principal participants:

Michael B. Hancock, Mayor

Michael B. Hancock took office in July 2011 as the 45th Mayor

of the City and County of Denver. His administration has

worked to transform Denver into a globally competitive and

globally connected city by reversing the economic downturn,

filling the city’s $100 million budget gap and restoring services

that had been slashed during the great recession.

Denver is the heartbeat of the Rocky Mountain West and a

top destination for employers and talented workers thanks to

a strong job base, incredible natural resources, a vibrant arts

and culture scene, and beautiful, livable neighborhoods. Small

wonder that Denver is also extremely competitive for both

leisure and business travel visitors: an enviable $4.1 billion was

spent by overnight visitors to Denver in 2013, a healthy 12%

increase over the previous year. Data on 2014’s tourism spend-

ing here will surely push the bar even higher. The city is also

a chef-driven restaurant hub and has significant momentum in

becoming the next great retail mecca, with its many unique,

locally owned shops.

Kelly Leid, Executive Director, North Denver Cornerstone

Collaborative

In January 2013, Mayor Hancock appointed Kelly to serve

as the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative’s Executive

Director. Recognizing a convergence of upcoming projects in

the Globeville and Elyria/ Swansea neighborhoods, the Mayor

identified an opportunity to align six critical projects into one

coordinated vision. Prior to assuming his current role, Kelly

was appointed by the Mayor in 2011 to serve as the Director of

Development Services, overseeing all plan review, permitting

and inspection services for the city.

Today Kelly manages the general oversight, planning, strategic

coordination, financing and implementation of numerous

catalytic projects totaling over 3,000 acres in North Denver.

With over 22 years of broad-based operations management

experience, including 17-plus years in senior leadership posi-

Participation

CCD NWSS

CSU DMNS

HC

DURA

VISIT

DENVER

Strategic planning

Master planning

Design

Construction

Funding

Financing

NWC Tenant

Programming

The principle partners of the National Western Center will have varying roles. All parties are involved in strategic planning.

NWSS, CSU and the City and County of Denver will work together to fund and finance the project, while History Colorado, the

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, VISIT DENVER and other possible partners will be involved in developing programming

to activate the complex year-round.