State of the County highlights successes and community challenges

Inaugural Jeffco event provides attendees an opportunity to learn about elected officials

Posted 3/19/19

Jefferson County is an engaged community. About 330 attendees braved blizzard conditions to attend the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation’s (Jeffco EDC) inaugural State of the County …

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State of the County highlights successes and community challenges

Inaugural Jeffco event provides attendees an opportunity to learn about elected officials

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Jefferson County is an engaged community.

About 330 attendees braved blizzard conditions to attend the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation’s (Jeffco EDC) inaugural State of the County address on March 13.

“I know how important our community is to you,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo. “It’s great to see so many of you here, invested in our community.”

With three overarching themes of resiliency, efficiency and collaboration, the event highlighted each elected office, either through a video presentation or a short speech provided by each of the three commissioners, Szabo, Leslie Dahlkemper and Casey Tighe; County Manager Don Davis; and Kristi Pollard, Jeffco EDC’s president and CEO.

The full video of the State of the County can be seen at the end of this story, and at this link.

It’s important to highlight successes, Pollard said, as well as address all of the community’s concerns, no matter if it is a delicate issue.

“At the end of the day, these are our elected officials,” Pollard said, “and they want to be responsive to their constituents.”

Some of the county’s successes from 2018 include promoting innovation, safety and health, among other values, and how the business community and nonprofit sector work collaboratively with the county government for the economic vitality and overall well-being of the greater Jeffco community.

“We want to keep pushing the envelope,” Tighe said.

The event was informative, and it was exciting to hear some of the focuses of the county commissioners, said Applewood resident Tanner Mason, a managing broker for Benchmark Commercial.

“And how they (the focuses) align with the business community,” Mason added.

Julie DiTullio of Wheat Ridge, the development coordinator for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, especially liked that the county’s nonprofit organizations were highlighted, she said.

“The public benefits from these partnerships,” DiTullio said. “The more they know about them (partnerships with nonprofits), the greater the benefit.”

Some of the tougher issues that were addressed include fiscal realities, transportation and homelessness.

“We know there are no easy answers to these complex issues,” Dahlkemper said. “But we also know that Jefferson County works together. One of our greatest strengths as a county is forming partnerships to solve tough issues.”

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