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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND
CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
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
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-
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.