Denver Information

DENVER INFORMATION

Awards
"Best Cities for Business" 2001-2006 - Fortune
"Top10 Cities for Small Business" - Dun and Bradstreet
Mayor John Hickenlooper named one of the "Top Five Mayors in the Nation" 2006 - TIME
Fifth Fittest City in the Nation - 2005 Men's Fitness Magazine
Best City in the Nation for Singles - 2003-2006 Forbes Magazine
Third in the large metro area category for the Best Places for "Telework" (Metro Denver) - Sperling's Best Places and Intel Corp., 2006
One of the Top Seven "Cool" Cities for Young Professionals - Kiplinger Personal Finance, 2005
Third on the list of Best Cities for Relocating Families - National Relocation Conference Orlando, FL, 2006
Fifth on the list of Best Deals for Summer Destinations - CNNMoney.com, 2006

Business
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation 
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org

County
Denver

Downtown
Downtown Denver offers diverse entertainment to unbeatable cultural offerings and memorable kids' activities. It has over 200 stores offering a variety of top quality shopping. There are nearly 300 restaurants, including some of the finest establishments in the Denver metro area. The 16th Street Mall shuttle in the heart of downtown connects LoDo to numerous attractions throughout downtown Denver

Downtown Denver has multiple personalities, in the healthiest sort of way. This urban community is comprised of 11 distinct neighborhoods. Each has a variety of cultures, architecture, food and hangouts. These are the 11 distinct neighborhoods of Downtown Denver:

  • Auraria Campus
  • Ballpark
  • Capitol Hill
  • Central Business District
  • Central Platte Valley
  • Curtis Park
  • Golden Triangle
  • Highland
  • Jefferson Park
  • La Alma / Lincoln Park
  • Lower Downtown
  • Uptown

Government
Colorado's governor is Bill Ritter and Denver's mayor is John W. Hickenlooper. Denver, the capital of the State of Colorado, is a consolidated city and county. It serves as the financial, transportation, and distribution center of the Rocky Mountain region. Denver was officially formed on November 7, 1861. A non-partisan elected mayor, auditor, and 13-member city council govern Denver. Nine main departments carry out the functions of city government.

History
The William Green Russell party discovered a few ounces of gold in the summer of 1858 at the convergence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, where the city officially designated Confluence Park in 1976. That fall, on November 22, 1858, William H. Larimer founded Colorado's capital - a tribute to James W. Denver, the Governor of Kansas Territory. Gold-seeking adventurers immediately followed, but most soon departed, leaving Denver's first permanent residents to build a city. Denver was incorporated 1861.

Hospitals/Healthcare
Centura Health - St. Anthony's Central Hospital, 4231 W 16th Ave.
Centura Health - Porter Adventist Hospital 2525 Downing St.
Children's Hospital, 1056 E 19th Ave.
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, 1719 E. 19th Ave.
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, 3520 W. Oxford Ave.
Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock St.
Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, 1835 Franklin St.
National Jewish Medical & Research Center, 1400 Jackson St.
Rose Medical Center, 4567 E. 9th Ave.
University of Colorado Hospital, 4200 E. 9th Ave.

Safety and Law Enforcement
Denver Police Department
N.W. Denver
District 1 Substation
1311 W. 46th Ave.
Denver 80211
720-913-0400

Denver Police Department
District 2 Substation 
N.E. Denver
3921 Holly St.
Denver 80205
720-913-1000

Denver Police Department
S.E. Denver
District 3 Substation
1625 S. University Blvd.
Denver 80210
720-913-1300

Denver Police Department
S.W. Denver
District 4 Substation
2100 S. Clay St.
Denver 80219
720-913-0200

Denver Police Department
District 5 Substation
Montbello
4685 Peoria Street
Denver 80239
720-913-0400

Denver Police Department
District 6 Substation
Central Denver
1566 Washington St.
Denver 80203
303-839-2100

Drivers license bureaus and contact info
Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
Denver Athmar
1865 W. Mississippi #C, 80223
(303) 937-9507
www.dmv.org

Main Post Office
1541 Marion ST
535 16th ST STE LL
501 W 14th AVE
225 S Broadway
www.usps.com

Major Employers
First Data
Newmont Mining
Liberty Media
EchoStar Communications
ProLogis
Qwest Communications
Archstone Smith Trust
Liberty Global
Ball Corp.
Discovery Holding
Federal Government
State of Colorado
University of Colorado System
Denver Public School
City & County of Denver

Major Industries
Communications, Utilities, Transportation

Newspapers
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

Library Facilities
Denver Public Libraries
Central Library
10 W. Fourteenth Av. Pkwy.
Denver 80204
720-865-1111
www.denver.lib.co.us

Other locations: Athmar Park, Bear Valley, Blair-Caldwell, Byers, Decker, Eugene Field, Ford-Warren, Hadley, Hampden, Montbello, Park Hill, Pauline Robinson, Ross-Barnum, Ross-Broadway, Ross-Cherry Creek, Ross-University Hills, Schlessman Family, Smiley, Valdez-Perry, Virginia Village, Woodbury.

Places of Interest
Denver City and County Building
Denver's LoDo
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Black American West Museum and Heritage Center
Children's Museum of Denver
Colorado History Museum - Denver
Denver Mint
Denver Firefighters Museum
Colorado Convention Center
Mizel Museum of Judaica
Museo de las Americas
Ocean Journey Aquarium
Coors Field
The Pepsi Center
Invesco Field at Mile High
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver Coliseum

Population
Denver: 556,835

Recreation
Denver has 5,643 Acres of Parks; 302 parks; 15 golf courses (public & private).
13,600 acres of Denver Mountain Parks throughout the greater metropolitan area.
www.denvergov.org/ Parks and Recreation

Sports Teams
In the past eleven years, new facilities have been constructed for five of the city's eight major sports franchises. Denver is the only city in the country to have eight professional sports franchises.

Colorado Rockies - Baseball
Denver Nuggets - Basketball
Denver Broncos - Football; 1998 & 1999 Super bowl Champions
Colorado Avalanche - Hockey; 1996 & 2001 Stanley Cup Champions
Colorado Mammoth - National Lacrosse League
Colorado Crush - Arena Football
The Colorado Rapids - Soccer
Denver Outlaws - Major League Lacrosse

Recreation Centers
Denver has 29 Recreation Centers; 26 swimming pools
www.denvergov.org/ Parks and Recreation

Sales Tax
7.6 %

Shopping Centers
16th Street Mall - Denver 
Denver Pavilions - Denver www.denverpavilions.com
Cherry Creek Shopping Center - Denver www.cherrycreekmall.com
Larkridge - Denver www.shoplarkridge.com
Market Square-Union & Alameda - Denver www.marketsquarecenters.com
Southlands - Aurora www.shopsouthlands.com
Park Meadows Shopping Center - Littleton www.parkmeadows.com
Flatiron Crossing - Broomfield 
Colorado Mills www.coloradomills.com

Schools/ Education Stats
Denver is in the Denver Public School System. It has 74 public elementary schools; 17 public K-8 schools; 18 public middle schools; 12 public high schools; 19 Charter Schools of varying grade levels; 6 "Other" Schools; and 8 Alternative Schools.

Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
www.dpsk12.org

The Cherry Creek School District is also in Denver.

Transportation
The nation's largest multi-modal, design-build highway construction project is in Metro Denver and is slated for completion in November 2006. T-REX is a $1.67 billion contract to widen Interstates 25 and 225 and build a 19-mile light rail line in southeast Metro Denver. Construction of the area's first beltway and toll roads is also underway at C-470, E-470, and the Northwest Parkway.

Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) was named the top transit agency in North America for 2003. FasTracks, a plan to build-out the entire Metro Denver mass transit system within 12 years, was passed by Metro Denver voters in 2004.

As the only major U.S. city with one-bounce satellite capability to six continents, Metro Denver is a national center for the telecommunications industry, including companies such as Qwest Communications, Avaya, MCI, Sprint, Adelphia, and Level 3.

Average travel time to work: 24 minutes

Utility Companies and contact info
Denver Solid Waste Management Division
www.denvergov.org/dephome.asp?depid=370
Xcel Energy www.xcelenergy.com

Information Sources
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. www.downtowndenver.com
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation www.metrodenver.org
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org

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