With the new year underway, Highlands Ranch Metro District General Manager Mike Renshaw took some time to answer Colorado Community Media’s questions on what to expect in 2022 and to reflect on the year 2021.
What was one of your major takeaways from 2021? What did you learn this year?
One of the major takeaways of 2021 is the fact that the pandemic continues to impact local government in a variety of ways, and that collaborative partnerships between agencies and sharing of information and best practices is more important than ever.
As a community, what do you hope to accomplish in 2022?
As the chairing agency of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments in 2022, the Highlands Ranch Metro District hopes to foster even stronger collaboration among the nine local government members. We also plan to continue to provide for the safety and welfare of our community through our continuing partnership with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the installation of Automatic License Plate Reader technology within the district.
What predictions do you have for the Highlands Ranch in 2022?
Continued fiscal strength as a result of paying off the district’s outstanding debt obligation in December, as well as a very successful May election as a result of a public-private partnership agreement with Community Resource Services of Colorado, LLC to assist the district with conducting its election.
In terms of growth, what should residents expect in 2022?
Although the Highlands Ranch Metro District is substantially built out and as a result will not see significant population growth, residents should expect the district leadership to continue to explore public-private partnerships and the use of innovative technologies as a means of enhancing the efficient and effective delivery of services.
What do you think the council/town accomplished in 2021 that can carry over into the New Year?
One of the major initiatives that the Board of Directors and staff accomplished in 2021 that will carry over into 2022 is the use of performance measurement dashboards that will enable the district to continue to ensure forward momentum in accomplishing its strategic priorities and key result areas.
(Editor’s Note: The answers to the questions were changed for clairty and grammar.)
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