Englewood's interim city manager, school district superintendent and chamber of commerce director shared with the Englewood Herald some of their thoughts on the city's past year and what might be in …
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Englewood's interim city manager, school district superintendent and chamber of commerce director shared with the Englewood Herald some of their thoughts on the city's past year and what might be in store in 2019. Here's what they had to say:
An area of progress she was proud of in Englewood: I can't take any credit for this, but I really think our business community is growing stronger. There are always ups and downs, but overall, I think we're showing Englewood is a great place to be for our businesses, both the established businesses and the people who are willing to come into Englewood and say, let's make it work.
On Englewood's biggest challenge in 2018: I think the tragedy of the flood is hard to diminish, and it's part of a continuing challenge insomuch as, how can the city most effectively help those people who were most or tragically affected, and how can we move thoughtfully forward so we can minimize the possibility of this happening again?
It's been a big challenge for whole city. It highlighted the need for continued capital investment throughout the city … How do we keep investing in our future while still living within our means today?
On what she's looking forward to tackling in 2019: I feel a certain obligation to work with the city council to make sure the process to get a new city manager works efficiently … continued leadership and vision are really important to the city.
The next couple months, I'm afraid, the police building will not (yet) be finished, but we're all looking forward to that. Our police have long deserved such a thing, so I think that'll be worth celebrating.
On what she's looking forward to in Englewood: I love to see the community come together. The Block Party (in the 3400 block of South Broadway) for the last two years has been so successful, and I think it's going to be even better this September.
Our Holiday Express extravaganza at Belleview Park was such a success. It's been so well received that it's developing into a new Englewood family holiday tradition. It certainly brought a lot of people to celebrate together.
The district’s biggest challenge in 2018: I think our biggest challenge is also really one of our biggest celebrations: academic achievement for kids. Making sure our students are growing and achieving at the highest levels possible. That continues to be something we put so much time energy and passion into.
We were able to see some really good gains in many of our schools. For the Colorado Department of Education, there’s the four levels on the accountability framework: turnaround, priority improvement, improvement and performance. We had several schools move to performance.
What the district’s atmosphere was like: I think there’s a lot of positive energy, positive momentum. I think, certainly, with the new elementary schools and preschool — those either being built or being opened — there’s a lot of pride around the facilities.
We have these beautiful schools, and so the outside is bright and shiny and beautiful, but what’s going on inside the schools is even more bright and shiny and beautiful.
What she’s looking forward to in Englewood: Being able to continue to be a part of the wonderful things going on in this community. You just see businesses come in and take root and the energy around what Englewood is now and can be — and that idea of the importance of Englewood (as) a true community. I say this all the time: It’s such a rare gem, to find a small community in an urban setting where everyone knows each other and wants to root for each other.
What was most memorable in the Englewood business world: The growth of the business community and the influx of new businesses in Englewood.
What surprised him in the business community in 2018: The surprise of the year was the opening of Earth Treks in Englewood, the new developments by the city and the schools.
What he's looking forward to in 2019 in the business community: The growth of South Broadway, south of Hampden Avenue/U.S. Highway 285. The continued growth of new businesses and the expansion and upgrade of existing businesses. This, coupled with the new residents, development of diverse housing and an increase in affordable housing.
What he's looking forward to in Englewood: I look for more collaboration and cooperation amongst the players in growth in Englewood — the City of Englewood, Englewood Schools, the business community (Swedish HealthONE, Craig Hospital, the industrial businesses and the Englewood Chamber) and the Englewood faith group. Continued growth in the retail sales, what will be the new exciting businesses that come to Englewood and how the city comes together as one unified entity.
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