This campaign is about our community’s resilience as we continue on this path of recovery and re-emergence from the public health crisis. Having had the great privilege of working side-by-side with Mayor Quinn and our City and County Management team, I feel very well equipped to ensure a seamless transition. Strong working relationships and responsiveness are the keys to collaboration and productivity.
I wanted to take a moment to celebrate our collective hard work and dedication as a team. It is because of the alignment among our Mayor and Council, the City Manager’s Office, staff, and the community that we have been able to not only survive but thrive as a new council and new leadership team – working together for the greater good.
Due to our strategic budget decisions early in the pandemic, Broomfield came out of 2020 much stronger financially than predicted.
Total revenue up 5% due to diverse tax base, even while 2020 Sales Tax Revenue was down 2% from what was originally budgeted, thanks to our strategies to take an early, fiscally conservative approach, and swift action to defer CIP and other non-time critical projects.
In the first quarter of 2021, City Council approved streamlining the development review process to expedite development applications, economize staff resources. These efforts included the creation of two new citizen boards and commissions to assist with smaller scale land use decisions and neighborhood variance requests.
These efforts coincide with the 2021 update of the Long-Range Financial Plan which includes a data refresh, model improvements and key output information to help balance development needs while maintaining Broomfield’s financial health.
The Economic Vitality Action Strategy will deliver a strengthened Business Development program focusing on business retention and targeted business attraction and expansions. Guyleen believes we should have also focus on local business recovery, retention and growth.
Guyleen wants to continue to focus on strategic development and redevelopment opportunities, such as Baseline, Broomfield Town Square, Flatirons Marketplace, and 120th reinvestment. This will include engaging in the proactive recruitment of developers and businesses to community and neighborhood sites identified as part of the Development Matrix strategy.
The long awaited Town Square project is set to break ground within the next year and will include locally owned destinations to shop, eat, entertain and gather as a community.