Monday, April 25, 2011

Commerce City 2011 State of the City

Mayor to speak about where Commerce City has been, and where it’s headed.

Once a year, it’s nice to reflect about the past 12 months and prognosticate about the coming year. What have been the successes? The failures? What needs to be done? And what can be done better?

Those topics and more will be addressed during the city’s fourth annual State of the City speech, which will be delivered by Mayor Paul Natale on Tuesday, April 26. The event gets under way at 7:30 a.m., at the Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Ave. The mayor’s speech is scheduled to begin around 8:15 a.m.

The public is invited, but seating is limited. The mayor’s speech will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 8 and streamed live on

From economic development, to infrastructure improvements – 2011 marked year of success in spite of a down economy. In his final State of the City address, the mayor will touch on future goals defined by City Council at its recent retreat. Among those goals is increasing economic development to create a diverse and vibrant community.

“While we’ve had some recent successes, such as the Cummins Rocky Mountain diesel engine plant, and the announcement that King Soopers will soon begin construction of a store in the northern part of the city, economic development will continue to be a priority for residents and the council,” Natale said.

Other areas the mayor will talk about include the city’s fiscal stability, the decrease in crime in Commerce City, the city’s increasing role in regional issues, and capital improvement projects scheduled for this year.

“This speech will be somewhat emotional for me, being it’s my last one as mayor,” Natale added. “But I’m keeping in mind that we, City Council, still have a lot of work to do this year. The council is focused on moving forward, getting things done and making Commerce City the place to live and do business.”

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