Mayor Stephanie Piko
BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Centennial’s Mayor Stephanie Piko, delivering her first “State of Centennial” speech at last week’s well-attended Rotary Club State of Centennial luncheon at the Embassy Suites, concluded with this upbeat mantra: “The State of Centennial has never been better!”
The event, which has been annual since the formation of the Centennial in 2001, drew about 400 in the audience. The dining area was packed. It was hard to see how even one more Centennial resident or employee (most of the city staff attended) could have fit in the crowded room. It was announced during the event that it was a sellout, with people turned away.
She noted that employment in Centennial grew by 3 percent in 2016 and 2017, adding 2,000 new jobs. Among the accomplishments and achievements she noted were:
The Regional Crime Lab now under construction, a multi-county, multi-jurisdiction project brought about in large part by Walcher. She said the lab “is set to be complete this year and will provide cutting-edge technology to continue to keep Centennial and the south metro area one of the safest places” in Colorado and the nation.
The special districts in Centennial which include the Arapahoe Libraries, Arapahoe County Waste Water Authority, Parker Jordan Metropolitan District, Southeast Stormwater Authority and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.
The Rotary Club, including its President John Barry and the Event Committee (Chair Katherine Henschen, John McCarty, Phil Chipouras, Samantha Roe, Samantha Johnston and Doug Hanna), helped plan the event.
United Launch Alliance, Allosource (world leader in skin grafts for burn survivors), SEAKR Engineering, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Arrow and United Launch Alliance are all Centennial-based companies.
The mayor also lauded the city for its foresight in the area of fiber, noting that in 2016 the council approved a $5.7 million Fiber Master Plan and established a commission to keep the construction of a fiber backbone going. She said Centennial’s fiber network “presents the opportunity for businesses to build private networks or for businesses such as TING to bring services to underserved areas within” the city. Piko added that fiber is “a wonderful long-term investment” and the city was smart to build its “own infrastructure.”
Centennial “prides itself” on being “business friendly,” she said. “I am proud of our Centennial community and how we work together and we look forward to working with all of you in keeping our community connected.”
Piko, who was chosen in a contested election in November 2017, was effuse in her praise of Centennial staff, including the City Council, of which she has been a member for the past six years, as well as other guests who attended.
2018 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |