In his 2017 State of the City speech, Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul invited residents and hundreds of community leaders to think of ways to make the city a better place for its children.
“Enriching a child’s quality of life enriches everybody’s quality of life,” Paul said. “A city that’s great to grow up in is a city that’s great to settle down in. And a city that encourages and fosters a child’s future success is a city that’s built to last.”
Paul spoke at the Sheraton Denver West on March 9. To watch the speech, go to www.lakewood.org/soc.
During last year’s speech, Paul focused on making Lakewood a better community by encouraging healthy activities and engagement. By thinking of its youngest residents, Paul said he hopes to encourage visionary ideas from leaders and residents.
“Take your years of experience, your years of success in business and in your community, and frame it with the question we’ve been discussing,” Paul said. “Back when you were a kid, what did you think about your city, and what was important to you?”
During the address, Paul also commended council for unanimously approving the 2017 city budget, and the projects and needs the budget will provide, including eight new police officers, park improvements, and traffic and housing studies.
“The budget is a reflection of what matters most to us in Lakewood,” he said. “This budget is an investment in protecting the most vulnerable residents among us, improving the amenities we all care about while maintaining an exceptional level of service for residents.”
Paul also took time to recognize citizen leaders like resident Maddie Nichols, Alameda High School Resource Officer Moose Chavez, city employee Cindy Coon and coach Lateffa Ramsey, all of whom go above and beyond in bettering the community as a whole.
Paul ended by looking to the future, and reminded everyone to consider how every project and plan can make Lakewood a better place.
“In this coming year, let’s look at every new policy, every new initiative, every new challenge and every opportunity with an eye to the future,” he said. “Let’s do it through the lens of our children’s eyes.”