City celebrates ‘great performances’

City celebrates ‘great perfomances’ Centennial’s State of the City highlights the accomplishments of 2014

Posted 4/21/15

Centennial enjoyed a “year of great performances” in 2014.

That was the theme of the 11th annual State of the City address, which drew hundreds of people April 16 to the Embassy Suites in Centennial.

“From the spectacular community …

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City celebrates ‘great performances’

City celebrates ‘great perfomances’ Centennial’s State of the City highlights the accomplishments of 2014

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Centennial enjoyed a “year of great performances” in 2014.

That was the theme of the 11th annual State of the City address, which drew hundreds of people April 16 to the Embassy Suites in Centennial.

“From the spectacular community events the city hosted, … ribbon cuttings and ground breakings of wonderful local businesses, to the city and our park receiving national recognition,” Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon said, “this was the year we got to enjoy seeing years of hard work come together, creating the year of great performances.”

• Centennial received national and local recognition in 2014. Some highlights: The city ranked as the 13th best place to live in America by Money Magazine and was rated 26th among the 50 best places to live by USA Today. Centennial Center Park was named best playground in 5280’s “Top of the Town” issue.

• A thriving economy, with successful economic development, and superb public safety were highlighted. “Homes are selling quickly, and record-high building permits show strong remodeling and construction activity. The city remains debt free, continues to see an increase in sales tax revenues, maintains a high credit rating and prides itself on doing economic development differently,” Noon said. “Public safety is something of great importance to all of us. Centennial remains as one of the safest cities in Colorado with a population of more than 75,000. Thank you to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Our three fire districts do not disappoint either—they continue to keep us all safe and do brave, outstanding work.”

• 2015 is shaping up as the year of innovation: Centennial is one of 14 worldwide cities awarded a Bloomberg Foundation Innovation Grant. The city has the lowest population of all that received the grant, which includes Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle, and the Israeli cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Additionally, Centennial became one of the 32 inaugural American cities joining together to in the National Broadband Initiative. “While 2014 was undoubtedly a year of great performances,” Noon said, “2015 is all about thinking outside of the box, being innovative, doing things differently and better.”

By the numbers

106,114 — population of the City of Centennial

29.4 square miles — land area of Centennial

29,837 — number of people who visited Centennial Center Park in 2014

$7.05 million— dollar amount allocated to the street rehabilitation program

$100,000 — tax exemption approved by city council in 2014 to businesses for the city’s share of the Business Personal Property Tax

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