Doing it Like Denver (10/26/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Doing it Like Denver (10/26/06)

This week, I joined a group of about 150 local community and business leaders for a two-day trip to Denver, to study what that city has been doing to create such a dynamic, livable community.

One major accomplishment was getting voters to approve a tiny increase of one-tenth of a cent in Greater Denver's sales tax that's generated many millions of dollars for sports facilities, museums, libraries, the zoo and the performing arts. And this happened because people in the city itself and the surrounding communities were able to work together for the common good.

Unfortunately, Jerry Abramson didn't stay in Denver very long. He left right after breakfast on Monday morning. I know he had a busy schedule, but so did the rest of us. I just felt he needed to hear from the leaders of Denver how they created such a energetic city.

With that said, Louisville is fortunate that Abramson has the same kind of clout, popularity and charisma as the current and former mayors in Denver. And it's my hope he'll use those advantages - as they have -- to lead Louisville to the next level.

Because if we learned anything from the Denver trip, it's this: we can't get there without a strong mayor driving the bus.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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