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“All-American City” The city of Aurora was named an AllAmerica City by the National Civic League at its annual competition June 4–6. “We are so proud to be named All-America City by the National Civic League,” reported City Manager Ron Miller. “This prestigious award recognizes our city’s outstanding partnerships and the valuable accomplishments that benefit the city’s quality of life for all residents. Our citizens represent the finest American attributes of collaboration, resolve and creativity to achieve great results for community betterment. This honor is also a testament to the outstanding, professional

employees of the city who contribute so much to making Aurora such a great place to work, live and recreate.” A delegation of 25 people from Aurora, including a number of school kids, participated in the three day competition and awards ceremony to celebrate the city’s accomplishment. “The original community award, the All-America City Award, is the ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” noted National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortes. “It recognizes the efforts of entire communities and exemplifies extensive civic engagement.”  The competition required a presentation showcasing two projects that successfully addressed key challenges in the community and one youth project. The Aurora delegation gave a dynamic presentation on the redevelopment of the Fitzsimons Life Science District, the city’s Immigrant Integration Project and the after school program COMPASSCoalition of Many Providing After School Success.

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Contents 2 Welcome Letter from Mayor of Aurora 4 Aurora Named an All-American City! 6 Welcome letter from Aurora

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10 Map of Aurora & Arapahoe County 12 Aurora Overview 13 Aurora Fast Facts 14 Centennial Overview 16 Housing Overview 18 Apartment Living 19 Buckley Air Force Base 20 Re-Development in Aurora 24 Economic Development 27 Transportation 28 Education 30 Higher Education 31 Childcare 32 Healthcare 34 Senior Resources 36 Arts & Culture 38 Parks & Open Space 39 Recreation 40 Golf 41 Libraries 42 Shopping 43 Annual Events & Festivals 44 High Point 45 Getting Started: Lots

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Aurora Overview

History of Aurora The following are some of the more important historical events that shaped Aurora.

1891

Founded in 1891, the city of Aurora was originally named Fletcher by its founder, former Chicago resident Donald Fletcher.

1907 to Aurora. The U.S. government 1921 selected Aurora as the site

The town changed its name

for Fitzsimons Army Hospital to treat the wounded—especially those affected by mustard gas and tuberculosis— during World War I.

1929 of State recognized

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Aurora—with 2,000 residents—as a city, and tax revenues were appropriated for sewers, roads and fire stations. Most citizens were located just south of Colfax Avenue, an area that is now called Original Aurora.

1942 Buckley Field, enhancing

The Army Air Corps built

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coupled with the addition of Lowry Field, resulted in more employment, residents and money for the city.

1995 Fitzsimons for closure.

The U.S. Congress targets

That same year, officials with the City of Aurora, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Colorado Hospital present the U.S. Department of Defense with a plan to reuse the decommissioned base as a world-class medical campus. The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority is formed through an intergovernmental agreement.

2004 1-square-mile life sciences city at Fitzsimons is home to By October 2004, the

the University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, Research Complex I and Colorado Bioscience Park Aurora, with more to come.

Aurora, nicknamed “Gateway to the Rockies,” is the third largest city in Colorado, with more than 306,908 people. Minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA), Aurora is easily accessible via I-70, I-225 and E-470 making Denver metro and the mountains within easy access. Aurora is a business leader in key growth industries including biotechnology, aerospace and high technology. The economy in Aurora is booming. Aurora has recently been named an AllAmerican City for 2008 and Salary.com ranked Aurora 2nd out of 69 cities nationwide with more than 250,000 people as a city to build personal net worth based on high paying jobs and low cost of living. Aurora’s school districts are among the best in the State of Colorado. The Aurora Public School System boasts of Blue Ribbon School Awards, Help for Working Parents, and a School/Business Partnership Program. The Cherry Creek School District is known throughout the country for its quality of education. Aurora also has a wonderful cultural community that includes the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, the East End Arts District, a terrific Art in Public Places program and many culturally diverse restaurants. The City of Aurora’s Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Department offers many dance, art and music classes. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, recreational opportunities abound, including golf, fishing or boating at the Aurora Reservoir, biking, walking or jogging at award-winning public parks and recreational facilities or taking one of many recreational classes sponsored by the city.


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Aurora at a glance...

History

Economy

• Year Founded: 1891 • Original Name: Fletcher • Name changed to Aurora in 1907

Total City Budget: $660.1 Million

City • Form of Government: Council - City Manager • Elected Council Members: 11 (Mayor, 6 Council Ward representatives, and 4 at large members) Amenities: • Municipal Parks: 108 • Municipal Golf Courses: 7 • Public Libraries: 7 • Reservoirs: 3 • Number of Counties within: 3 (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas)

Physical Features • City Area: 149.65 square miles • Official City Elevation: 5,435 feet • 8,200 acres of parks, open space and trails

Population • City Estimated 2006 Population: 306,908 • 56th Largest City in US (Based on Population) • Estimated Average Annual Growth Rate: 1.79% • Median Age: 32.54 Estimated Population by Single Race: • White: 64.96% • Black: 14.02% • Asian: 5.15% • Other 15.87% Estimated Hispanic/Latino Population: • Hispanic or Latino: 22.91% • Not Hispanic or Latino: 77.09% Average Household Size: 2.59 Median individual Income: $44,000

Housing • Number of Dwelling Units: 125,169 • Percent Owner Occupied: 64.42% • Percent Renter Occupied: 35.58%

Largest Public Employers • Buckley Air Force Base • Cherry Creek Schools • City of Aurora • Aurora Public Schools • University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center • University of Colorado Hospital Largest Private Employers • Raytheon Company • ADT Security System • Kaiser Permanente • The Medical Center of Aurora • Northrup Grumman • Lockheed Martin Astronautics Number of People Working in Aurora: 112,816 Square Feet of Retail Space in Aurora: 21 Million Occupations: • Sales and Office Occupations: 32.46% • Management, Professional, and Related Occupations: 31.08% • Service Occupations: 13.56% • Production, Transportation, and Material Moving Occupations: 11.91% • Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance Occupations: 10.91% • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations: .08%

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9 colleges and universities Aurora Public Schools Cherry Creek Schools A variety of private K-12 institutions

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Centennial Overview Centennial is a vibrant community that offers the benefits of city living and the pleasure of suburban and semi-rural life in beautiful and well-kept neighborhoods. A flourishing economy, diverse and friendly business climate and an array of amenities offers visitors, residents and businesses a high quality of life experience.

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a city on February 7, 2001. The City of Centennial is Colorado’s newest city. The quest for a new city took almost two and one-half years. The campaign included victories in the State Legislature and State Supreme Court. Formation of the new city was approved by a 77 percent margin in the incorporation election. It was the largest city incorporation in U.S. history.

Residents voted to incorporate the City of Centennial on September 12, 2000 and elected its first officials on February 6, 2001. Centennial officially became

The City of Centennial is what is known as a Mayor-Council style statutory city. This classification, in contrast to a

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home-rule city, limits the authority that the city exercises, primarily in the area of taxes and tax collection. The City consists of a citywide elected Mayor and eight Council Members, two elected from each of Centennial’s four wards. The City also elects a citywide Treasurer and citywide City Clerk. Council members serve staggered four-year terms; the City Treasurer and City Clerk serve twoyear terms. The City Council employs a City Manager to direct the day-to-day activities and functions of the City.


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About Aurora Aurora, which adjoins the City and County of Denver on the eastern side, has a population of 313,145 residing in an area of 154 square miles. The city reaches into Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties. Aurora’s climate is mild and dry, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, offering residents ample opportunity to get outside, stay fit and enjoy all that Colorado living has to offer. Aurora’s strategic, comprehensive plan emphasizes the formation of livable full-service neighborhoods. “Quality of Life” in the city is enhanced with many miles of bike trails and walking paths, 122 municipal parks, seven municipal golf courses and three reservoirs offering wind surfing, sailing, boating, fishing and family picnic areas. Education flourishes in Aurora with two well-known public school districts, Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Public Schools. In addition, top rated charter and private schools, a technical school, Aurora Community College and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus offer a wide variety of educational experiences and opportunities. An efficient highway system offers easy access to Denver International Airport. Aurora is home to a vibrant

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business environment, including major industries such as aerospace, military, high-tech, biotechnology, healthcare and a distribution industry delivering goods nation and worldwide.

Neighborhoods Tree lined streets, open prairie, majestic views of the mountains and ample neighborhood parks and schools make Aurora neighborhoods the ideal place to call home. Over 450 neighborhoods are located in the city, each with nearby shopping and recreational facilities. Focusing on smaller planned communities rather than mega planned communities lets Aurora provide a more intimate community setting and an opportunity for residents to feel part of the community. Easy access to major arterials such as Interstate 70, Interstate 225 and the E-470 beltway makes it easy to commute from neighborhood to workplace or other areas of metro-Denver and the mountains. Light rail serves the southwestern edge of Aurora and a comprehensive network of buses serve the city. An extension of the light rail along I-225 is planned. Housing Availability Aurora has a wide variety of housing available, ranging from starter condo-

miniums under $50,000 to executive housing in the $1–$2 million dollar range. The city offers some of the best housing values in the metro-Denver area, including new home products and resale homes. The city has a strong Home Ownership Assistance Program providing education and down payment assistance. Pricing in the Aurora market has shifted in favor of the buyer, offering abundant opportunities for buyers to purchase a “Cadillac” home for a “Chevrolet” price. The area is more affordable than it has been for years. Even though rates are low and home choices are plentiful, it’s essential to work with a professional to help you achieve your goals and realize your dreams. When you interview a real estate agent, be sure to ask if the agent is a Realtor®, a member of the National Association of Realtors® who subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. The Aurora Association of Realtors® is home to more than 1,000 Realtor® professionals who can assist you in finding the type of housing or property you need, help you understand the nuances of each neighborhood, apply local market expertise to your situation and negotiate on your behalf. For more information, contact the Aurora Association of Realtors® at (303) 369-5549 or visit aurorarealtors.org.


Buckley Air Force Base 460th Space Wing The 460th Space Wing is located at Buckley Air Force Base, east of Aurora, CO. Buckley is an Air Force Space Command base that serves more than 90,100 active duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired personnel throughout the Front Range community. Buckley defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions. Mission The mission of the 460th SW is to provide combatant commanders with superior global surveillance, worldwide missile warning, homeland defense and expeditionary forces.

People Buckley currently supports more than 90,100 people throughout the Front Range community. This includes 2,700 active duty members from every service, 4,200 National Guard personnel and Reservists, 3,000 civilians, 2,700 contractors, 22,000 retirees and dependents and an estimated 55,000 veterans. The base contributes an estimated $1.09 billion annually to the local economy.

History Buckley Air Force Base was named after 1st Lt. John H. Buckley, a World War II flier from Longmont, Colo. In 1941 the city of Denver donated land to the War Department. A contract for $7.5 million and 700 structures was let in 1942 to build Buckley. The War Department transferred Buckley to the Colorado Air National Guard in 1946. The Department of Navy took over Buckley in 1947 and the installation was commissioned as the Naval Air StationDenver. Buckley was subsequently decommissioned in 1959 and the COANG took charge of the installation again in 1960, designating it as Buckley Air National Guard Base. Buckley remained an Air National Guard base until Oct. 1, 2000 when the 821st Space Group became host and the base was renamed Buckley Air Force Base. The 460th Air Base Wing was activated Oct. 1, 2001 and assumed full control of the support mission in the Denver area. On Aug. 19, 2004, it was designated as the 460th Space Wing and added an operational space mission to its responsibilities. Today, the 460th Space Wing looks forward to continued growth and expansion, both structurally and in its mission.

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Above: Steel going up at Gardens on Havana. Far left: Mayor Ed Tauer in front of Dillards at old Buckingham Square Mall. Left: Nejashi Textiles and Gifts. Right: Lakota Indian Grass Dancer at Farmer’s Market.

On Havana is the Denver Metro Area’s only Business Improvement District focusing on creating unique and culturally distinct events for its residents and visitors. This unique area runs along a 4.3 mile stretch of Havana Street from 6th Avenue on the north to Dartmouth Avenue on the south. On Havana is situated at one corner of the “opportunity triangle” formed by three other major redevelopment projects in the area—Lowry, Stapleton and Fitzsimons/ Anchutz Medical Campus. The Area The area is culturally diverse with interesting shops and markets, as well as wonderful restaurants serving authentic international cuisine. From exotic textiles, to injura Ethiopian bread, to Kim-Chee, you will find it in the On Havana district. 20

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Need Transportation? There are over 20 car dealerships in On Havana offering many makes and models, gas to hybrid vehicles, new and used.

Annual Events On Havana On Havana boasts several exciting annual events including the Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run in June, the Aurora Farmers’ Market every Tuesday from mid-June through midOctober, a carnival for two weeks in July, and International Restaurant Week in October. The restaurants on Havana came away with 29 awards in the Best of Aurora “Hot Stuff” competition in 2008. What’s New On Havana Several new restaurants have opened in recent months, including Old School Burgers, El Tequileno Family Mexican Restaurant, Sushi Katsuya, Maandeeq East African Restaurant and Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Thai Basil is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008 just south of The Summit Steakhouse. For truly unique experiences in dining, shopping and living, it’s On Havana.

Havana The Gardens on Havana opens in the spring of 2009 on the site of the former Buckingham Square Mall at Mississippi & Havana. This development, by Miller Weingarten Realty, LLC, will be true showcase of xeriscape and roses in Colorado. The center plaza rose garden will feature water-wise shrub and climbing roses selected with the help of the Denver Rose Society. A Kohl’s Department Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Jamba Juice, Qdoba, a natural foods grocery store, new restaurants will be interwoven with new townhomes and apartments to create this new mixed-use community. In April of 2008, the team of Wodiczko & Bonder of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was selected to redesign Babi Yar Park. The park is located on the Southwest corner of Havana Street and Parker Road. Upon completion, The Mizel Museum of Judaica plans to relocate to the park. This project will transform Babi Yar Park into an international destination. Phase I, which includes an art & video walking memorial in the park, will be completed in 2010, with the final project to be completed in 5 years.


The new Common Ground Golf Course is scheduled to open in June of 2009. Located at 1st Avenue and Havana on the former Lowry Air Force Base, this public course is owned by Colorado Golf and Colorado Women’s Golf Associations. Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, who has created resort courses all over the world, is designing and building the new course. The facility will be the home of the CGA and CWGA and will be an affordable public facility built to support the mission of both organizations—to represent, promote and serve the best interests of golf in the State of Colorado. Common Ground will include a world class 18-hole championship golf course and a short course devoted to junior golf development, along with a full service practice facility. The Havana BID will be hosting the first public tournament at the new course when it opens in the spring 2009. The area boasts many vibrant established neighborhoods, like Village East and Park East. Park East is celebrating its 50-year anniversary

of being the first Denver Metro Area Parade of Homes site back in 1958, with the homes still beautiful and well maintained today. Newer developments include East Park at Lowry which is 0.4 miles west of Havana Street and offers new homes from the high $100,000 to $1 million. The Highline Canal walking trail and bike path crosses Havana St at Exposition and runs for 50 miles from the foothills to east of Aurora. In Expo Park, you will find a great 18-hole disc golf course. In 2005, neighborhood leaders teamed up with city officials and

business owners to create the Havana District Design Concepts Plan to breathe new life into this great older area of the city. The plan calls for continuous improvement to the streetscape, signage, public art and activity centers to create a unique, beautiful urban area. To help finance and carry out the plans, the Havana Business Improvement District (BID) was formed. The Havana BID consists of 196 commercial properties and 550 businesses. For more information, call Gayle Jetchick at (303) 364-2044

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Scientist at work at Fitzsimons Bioscience campus

Fitzsimons – Where Inspiration Becomes Cure For nearly a century, the Fitzsimons site in Aurora, Colorado has been dedicated to healing—and it’s about to enter its brightest era as one of the most ambitious medical developments in the country. When fully realized, the 578-acre site will be a world-class scientific community offering cutting-edge space, services and support to more than 30,000 bioscience professionals. Simply put, it’s a square mile dedicated to giving bioscience companies the talent, facilities and support they need to move their ideas from inspiration to cure.

Partners in Good Health When the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Base was put on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list in 1995, officials from the City of Aurora, University of Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital banded together to preserve its unique heritage. In conjunction with the adjacent University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons is now channeling its considerable heritage into a bright new future as a cutting-edge life science hub. In 1996, City of Aurora and University of Colorado officials established the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) – a special-purpose governmental entity created exclusively to imagine and govern the metamorphosis of this historic site. The FRA 22

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acquired much of the site’s existing acreage and began to implement their ambitious redevelopment plan. Within the 578-acre site, the FRA designated a 170-acre parcel for a world-class medical and research park to be developed in partnership with Forest City Science + Technology Group. A leading developer of life science campuses across the country, Forest City works with some of the nation’s top universities, corporations and research institutions. Life Scientists make our lives better. Who makes theirs better? In its oversight role, the FRA is dedicated to providing life science companies an environment where they

Fitzsimons Bioscience center

can thrive and resources to enhance their success, including cost-effective incubator facilities and services as well as connections between private industry and the University of Colorado. A variety of FRA-sponsored business seminars and networking events establish and maintain crucial communications between life science companies and potential investors. The result? A bioscience cluster of activities with a focus on making life easier for life scientists and creating a community designed specifically to help life science companies flourish and grow. For more information, visit www.FitzScience.com.


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Once a working Air Force base in Denver, Lowry has transformed into a forward-thinking, mixed-use community. The idea behind Lowry was to take an existing urban area, give it new life and avoid adding to the problem of urban sprawl. That dream is now a reality. Lowry is now a sustainable urban community in which citizens can live, learn, work, and play, benefiting generations to come. Lowry is connected by tree-lined sidewalks, pathways and trails. Residents and employees can easily walk to lunch at the Town Center, stroll

across the street to the Schlessman Family Library, and visit other neighborhood spots on foot. Careful attention to quality design and architecture has created strong value and a sense of place at Lowry. Design guidelines were established to ensure that new homes and commercial buildings were consistent with Denver’s urban architecture. Today, Lowry is rich with design and quality of life. Proof of its success is that Lowry has outperformed the market in home price appreciation. Single-family home appreciation at Lowry outperformed the metro market

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Economic Development Economic Development With the towering Rocky Mountains to the west and the vast expanse of the high plains to the east, no wonder anything’s possible in Aurora. The city’s pro-business attitude, ample land, cost-effective lease rates, excellent infrastructure, and educated workforce fuel a dynamic economy. Here aerospace industries and bioscience firms rub shoulders with business services suppliers and retail trade companies. Already Colorado’s third most populated city,

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Aurora’s reasonable cost of doing business and low tax rates are attracting more enterprises to set up shop on its 144 square miles of opportunity.

Workforce Aurora supports one the nation’s most highly educated workforces. To maintain this asset, state and federal sources supply financial assistance for training to new and expanding companies. Aurora’s labor force averaged 171,300 participants in 2004. Nearly

89% of the population (age 25 and over) has graduated high school, and about 36% have a college degree. Due to its excellent highway and mass transit systems, Aurora businesses also draw workers from the surrounding metropolitan area. Labor costs Employees working in Aurora earn an average annual salary of $44,238 in 2003 compared to an average salary of $43,539 throughout the entire metro area.


Colorado FIRST and Existing Industry Customized Training Programs Colorado FIRST funds are job training grants given to assist companies moving to or expanding in the state of Colorado. Existing Industry grants are designed for Colorado companies that are implementing new technology to remain competitive and keep jobs in Colorado. Employer Resources Arapahoe and Douglas Counties offer a one-stop-shop of resources for job seekers and employers called Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Demographics

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largest population in the metro area, with just over 300,000 residents. While the city’s population is projected to increase by 2.3% annually through 2009, household size is expected to decrease slightly from 2.60 in 2000 to 2.57 within a decade. Cost of Living Aurora has a high standard of living. The cost of living is lower than most major cities and just slightly above the national average. The consumer price index for the metro area has been increasing at rates slightly below the national average, yielding an excellent standard of living. Taxes

Corporate taxes below the national average

The city of Aurora has the second

Colorado ranks 32nd in the nation for corporate income taxes per capita out of the 46 states that assess corporate income taxes. Colorado comes in 40th for state general sales tax per capita among the 45 states that collect sales tax. Additional Colorado taxes per capita that fall below the national average are

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state taxes, state and local property taxes, and state general sales tax.

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According to 2000 data (the latest data available), Colorado ranks among the lowest in total state taxes and among the highest in the nation for local taxes on a per capita basis. Favorable tax environment for business

Colorado offers businesses the choice of calculating state tax liability on the basis of a two-factor formula (revenue and property) or according to the standard three-factor formula (revenue, property, and payroll), whichever is less. The method can be changed annually. A simple, affordable corporate tax structure

The city of Aurora and the state of Colorado eliminate and/or exempt taxes common to other cities and states by providing sales tax exemptions for specific business operations. For more information, call (303) 340-2101 or visit auroraedc.com

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Dex Media Internet products & software dexmedia.com Nelnet Group Financial services/ student loan processing unipac.com

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Largest Private Employers Raytheon Company Designs space systems/ground equipment/software development raytheon.com ADT Security Systems Alarm system monitoring adt.com Kaiser Permanente Healthcare kaiserpermanente.org

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Largest Public Employers Buckley Air Force Base Air Force Base buckley.af.mil Cherry Creek Schools Public school system ccsd.k12.co.us

City of Aurora City government & services auroragov.org

For further information contact: Economic Development (303) 754-3351

Aurora Public Schools Public school system aps.k12.co.us

University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center Medical school & research complex uchsc.edu University of Colorado Hospital Hospital/medical center uch.edu

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expansion, marketing, small business assistance, and redevelopment/revitalization projects. The division is also responsible for developing and administering the Economic Development incentive programs available to commercial developments within the City. The below press release is one of many new developments coming to Centennial. Swedish Home Furnishings Retailer IKEA Announces Plans for a Denver-Area Store in Centennial, Colorado – The 1st in the State CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Centennial, Colorado for a store that would increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the western United States. Submitting an application to the City marks the beginning of the governmental approval process. A store opening date has not yet been determined. IKEA Centennial would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

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Centennial Economic Development Division The mission of the Economic Development Division is to establish and maintain a vibrant business foundation within the community. The Division is responsible for new business development, existing business retention and

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Transportation Centrally located in the United States, Aurora functions as one of the metro areas most strategic transportation hubs. Aurora accesses multiple interstate highways, highly efficient airports, two major rail lines, and an expanding mass transit network.

Denver International Airport (DIA) Travel Times Denver, located only 346 miles ( 556 kilometers) west of the exact center of the United States, is within four hours flying time of every major city within the contiguous United States and Mexico and within four hours of most Canadian cities, including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Please visit flydenver.com for more information on DIA. Centennial Airport Centennial Airport is conveniently located in the center of Centennial, which is very close to The Denver Tech Center, surrounded by 21 individual business parks, and only 18 miles from downtown Denver. Centennial Airport is an international facility with 24 hour US Customs and a 24/7 Federal Aviation Administration control tower and all weather capability. For more information, please visit centennialairport.com

RTD RTD offers bus and light rail service to Denver and Boulder and surrounding cities. You’re going places... and so is RTD light rail. Whether you’re heading to work or school, spending the day at your favorite LoDo shops and restaurants, or

enjoying a night on the town at one of Denver’s fantastic special events, light rail is going your way. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll find that light rail is a fast, comfortable and convenient way to go. Just hop on board and enjoy the ride - without the hassle and expense of driving and parking. Best of all, as RTD’s light rail system expands, so do your transportation options. You can ride light rail

from the suburbs to the city and make connections to other RTD services. Hop on RTD’s FREE MallRide at Union Station or at bus stops all along the 16th Street Mall. Get off at Market Street Station and transfer to another RTD bus or take skyRide to Denver International Airport. It’s all part of our metro-wide transit plan to get you where you’re going. Visit rtd-denver.com for more information.

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Education Aurora Public Schools Aurora Public Schools (APS) is the sixth largest school district in Colorado and one of the most dynamic, diverse and dedicated school districts in the nation. Our more than 32,000 students come from over 100 different countries and speak more than 90 languages. The following facts give you information on the school district.

• A partnership between APS and the Community College of Aurora is a win-win situation for students and parents. Thanks to the joint agreement, students can earn an associate’s degree as well as college credit while still in high school. • APS students consistently receive some of the most prestigious scholarships including the Boettcher, Daniels Fund and Gates Millennium scholarships. 28

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districts to have 100 percent Highly Qualified teachers in all of its comprehensive high schools.

• APS staff members care about students in and outside the classroom. Many volunteer as mentors to provide students additional support.

• APS staff members continually earn local, state and national recognition for their expertise. Our teachers have been inducted into teaching halls of fame, earned teacher of the year honors and presented at professional conferences.

• APS offers many innovative choice schools and programs including International Baccalaureate for middle and high schools, and gifted, talented and advanced education.

• APS recently opened its first autonomous pilot school. Pilot schools are part of the district but given more freedom, with the expectation that students will

attain higher levels of achievement and exceed district averages.

• APS has many innovative partnerships that provide students hands-on learning. The Aurora LIGHTS partnership with the Anschutz Medical Campus offers a Health and Science Technology Academy at eight schools that provide a pipeline to take students from preschool through college and into healthcare professions.  For further information contact, (303) 344-8060, registration (303) 326-2200 or visit aps.k12.co.us

Cherry Creek Schools The words "dedicated to excellence" convey the vision of the Cherry Creek School District. The pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, activities and the arts guides our decisions and actions. We believe in education of the whole person, as expressed in the district's mission, "to inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care."


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The following are a few current news briefs about the Cherry Creek School Districts accomplishments.

District Sees Big Gains in ACT Scores Scores on the 2008 ACT increased significantly on all subtests as well as on the overall composite score. In addition, the achievement gap between White and Asian and Black and Hispanic decreased slightly. This was the largest increase in ACT scores in recent years and means more Cherry Creek students are prepared to be successful in postsecondary education. The increase appears to be directly related to increased graduation requirements and deliberate steps taken by District high schools to have students take more rigorous courses throughout students’ high school careers. AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination Did you know that all of the middle and high schools in the Cherry Creek School District are AVID schools? That five of Colorado’s ten National AVID Demonstration Schools are in CCSD? And that CCSD has more National AVID Demonstration Schools than any other district in the world? AVID is an inschool, academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success. It goes hand-in-hand with Cherry Creek Schools’ commitment to ensure that all CCSD graduates are col-

lege-ready, regardless of the path they plan to follow after high school.

Advanced Placement During the 06-07 school year, approximately 7,640 students took 343 Advanced Placement classes offered in 33 subject areas including English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Arts and Business. 3,133 students took one or more AP tests and 69.1% of those tests received a score of 3, 4 or 5, which qualifies a student for college credit at many institutions. More CCSD students, including students of color, are taking AP classes and exams, which are rigorous collegelevel courses and tests administered through the College Board. The AP program helps students prepare for and succeed in higher education and the real world. For further information on Cherry Creek School District contact (303) 773-1184 or visit ccsd.k12.co.us.

Private Schools If you are interested in private schooling for your child there are a number of great private, Christian or Catholic Schools in Aurora and Centennial. For more information and listings of schools visit privateschoolreview.com, localschooldirectory.com, allprivateschools.org or for Catholic Schools - archden.org.

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Higher Education

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Aurora has plenty of great colleges, universities and technical institutions. Many people who relocation will continue their education to advance their careers or a spouse may retrain or begin a new career. The following will get you started.

Aurora Colleges University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Programs (303) 724-1520 uchsc.edu

Metro State College of Denver Extended Campus – Metro South (303) 721-1313 mscd.edu/extendedcampus/closer Community College of Aurora (303) 360-4700 ccaurora.edu ITT Technical Institute (303) 695-6317 itt-tech.edu

Pickens Technical College (303) 344-4910 pickenstech.org

Metropolitan State College of Denver welcomes you to Aurora! Metro South

5660 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 100 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303-721-1313 www.mscd.edu/extendedcampus/closer

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Metro State’s Extended Campus brings affordable, high-quality education to the South Metro area. We offer: • Four bachelor’s degree completion programs • Core courses in various disciplines • General studies courses • Continuing education courses • Evening, weekend and accelerated classes • Convenient location in the Denver Tech Center near I-25 and Orchard • Easy access from the Orchard Light Rail Station • Free parking

Columbia College – Aurora (303) 340-8050 ccis.edu Everest College 800-752-3335 everest.edu

Cambridge College (720) 859-7900 hightechinstitute.edu

Concorde Career College (303) 861-1151 concorde.edu


Childcare Childcare in Aurora/Centennial The Arapahoe County Family Child Care Association is a non-profit organization that began over 30 years ago and currently has a membership of approximately 200 Licensed Family Child Care Providers in Arapahoe County. Arapahoe County Family Child Care Association’s goal is to provide working parents with useful information regarding quality child care, as well as, provide a network for child care providers. The following services are offered to help you in your search. 1. A free referral service to assist you in finding quality child care in Aurora and Centennial.

2. A resource listing for information pertaining to health, safety, licensing requirements, and what to look for in a quality childcare setting.

3. Comprehensive list of questions to ask in your search for child care providers.

4. Workshops to further educate and motivate Family Child Care Providers. Two area workshops are offered monthly except in June, July and December. Parents and advocates are always welcome at any workshop.

To learn more and receive a referral list of providers please call (303) 246-5146 or visit acfcca.org.

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Healthcare

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Fitzsimons The 577-acre former Fitzsimons property, now known as the Fitzsimons Life Science District and Anschutz Medical Campus is now the site of the largest medical-related redevelopment project in the nation, including the campus of the University of Colorado Denver’s medical professions schools and University of Colorado Hospital (known as the Anschutz Medical Campus), The Children’s Hospital, a proposed new Veterans Administration Hospital and the affiliated 170‑acre business park for biotechnology and biomedical companies, the Colorado Science + Technology Park at Fitzsimons. The transformation of this site into a square mile of patient care, education, biomedical research and development will continue over the next 20 years.

However, the Anschutz Medical Campus and The Children’s Hospital are substantially complete, with over 6 million square feet and 16,000 employees on the site today. The total redevelopment program for the site calls for over 18 million square feet of phased new construction representing a capital outlay exceeding $5 billion. At build out, over 30,000 employees are anticipated to be working on the site, with 350,000 patients visiting the site annually. Visit us at www.uchsc.edu/anschutzmedicalcampus or Anschutz Medical Campus (303) 372-0000 or University of Colorado Hospital at (720) 848-1000 or Children’s Hospital (720) 777-6624. Medical Center of Aurora The Medical Center of Aurora is providing ground breaking healthcare

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to patients on many levels.  Every moment of every day we are focused on offering the best patient care possible and maintaining the highest patient safety standards. With a focus on cardiovascular care, neurosciences, surgical services, women’s services, and oncology, we are constantly looking for more groundbreaking ways to provide better care for you and your family. The Medical Center of Aurora is a Cardiac Center of Excellence, one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the national HCA network. We are ranked #1 for lives saved in cardiovascular services, because of innovations we created such as the Cardiac Alert program, and our well qualified medical, nursing and EMS staff. We have a rapidly growing neurosciences program with some of the best neurosurgeons in the country providing services not previously available in Aurora. Our surgeons and surgical staff use high-tech, cutting edge technology such as minimally invasive and computer assisted equipment to achieve optimal outcomes and improve people’s lives. The Medical Center of Aurora was selected as the #1 place to work in Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine in July 2007. Groundbreaking healthcare continues as The Medical Center of Aurora expands its tertiary services. Construction is underway for an 84-bed, private room tower for patients seeking cardiovascular care at The Medical Center of Aurora.  The project is an $80 million investment by HCA that will add 140,000 square feet and a 570 space multi-story parking structure to the campus.  In addition, the current patient care areas at the medical center will be renovated to provide private room accommodations to enhance privacy and well-being for all patients.  Expected completion of the cardiovascular bed tower is spring 2009. Visit us at www.auroramed.com.


Senior Living Aurora Center for Active Adults 30 Del Mar Circle (303) 739-7950 auroragov.org/recreation This facility for adults age 50 and older offers classes, adventure travel, tours, outdoor activities, social dances, billiards, bingo, team sports, bridge, a weight/exercise room, and more.

Morning Star Adult Day Program 1016 Boston St., in historic Lowry, Building 880 (303) 326-8320 auroragov.org/morningstar. Provides a variety of coordinated daytime activities for adults with cognitive or physical challenges. Offers a respite for caregivers and a safe environment for exercise, art, music, dance and reminiscence therapy, educational

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and cross-cultural social programs, intergenerational programs with local schools, support groups, adaptive computers, and excursions.

Lowry Intergenerational Center 1016 Boston St., in historic Lowry, Building 880 Intergenerational programs, including Morning Star Adult Day Program ((303) 326-8320) for adults with cognitive or physical challenges. City of Aurora Volunteer Center (303) 739-7759 auroragov.org. An extensive volunteer matching data base includes everything from delivering meals to the home bound, tutoring children and being an animal companion to helping one of Aurora’s annual festivals and planting a garden.


Arts & Culture Aurora Dance Arts 3054 S. Laredo St. (303) 326-8308 auroragov.org/arts. From September through May, the City of Aurora Cultural Services Division offers youth classes in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical and funk as well as year-round social dance classes for adults.

Aurora Fox Arts Center 9900 E. Colfax Ave. (303) 739-1970 aurorafox.org The Aurora Fox is home to the Aurora Fox Theatre Company, a professional theater company widely recognized for its eclectic, high-quality fare, and the Aurora Fox Children’s Theatre Company, which annually produces the everpopular Little Foxes Summer Theater for youngsters. The center houses a 245-seat theater and a new 75-seat studio theater. Fox Theater

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Aurora History Museum 15051 E. Alameda Parkway (303) 739-6666 auroramuseum.org Experience Aurora’s diverse cultural heritage at the Aurora History Museum. The museum’s permanent gallery features “Living Aurora,” an exhibit with photographs and artifacts that highlights more than 100 years of the city’s progress, geologic past, indigenous peoples, the founding of Aurora, and military and social history. The museum also houses two additional galleries for rotating and traveling exhibits, the Collector’s Corner, a children’s hands-on room, reference library, the city’s history archive and a meeting room. Special events take place throughout the year, including live performances and creative outlets for the whole family. Free admission.


Parks & Open Space Aurora Reservoir (east of E-470 off Quincy Ave.) Enjoy fishing, relax at the swim beach or tour the 8-mile perimeter trail. Aurora Reservoir serves as a habitat for wildlife and offers beautiful views from every vantage point. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the more than 800 surface acres of water. Expo Park (on Exposition Ave. east of Havana St.) This 57-acre park offers an 18-hole disc golf course, softball fields, regional trail access, tennis courts and a playground. A newly remodeled community center is located at the south end of the park. Great Plains Park (Jewell Ave. east of Dunkirk St.) This community park features 50+ acres of space to play. The popular outdoor water sprayground keeps kids cool from May thru October. The park also features picnic shelters, an extensive playground, sports fields and access to Powerline Trail and Conservatory West Trail.

High Line Canal Trail (various access points) 12 miles of the historic High Line Canal stretches through Aurora past golf courses, natural areas and parks. Follow

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the trail west to Denver; eventually winds its way to Waterton Canyon, some 50 miles away.

Hoops Park (6th Ave. and Norfolk St.) Shoot hoops at this special-use park which includes three (3) high school regulation basketball courts with drinking fountain, seating for spectators, restroom and parking area. Hoops Park was constructed with high quality materials and post tension concrete, making court play a joy.

Jewell Wetland (Jewell Ave. and Potomac St.) Explore 45+ acres of a wooded wetland environment through soft surface trails and boardwalk. Access the wetland area and butterfly garden from a parking area along Jewell Ave.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway Trail (Peoria St. and Fitzsimons Pkwy) Aurora’s 14-mile stretch of soft surface trail is rich with wildlife and runs parallel to Sand Creek. Trail continues west and meets up with the Platte River in Denver. Access the Sand Creek Trial at Aurora’s Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch or Sand Creek Park.

Sports Park (Colfax Ave. east of Tower Rd.) Aurora Sports Park is a 220-acre park offering 12 fields for softball/baseball, 23 soccer fields, concession areas with restrooms, 4 playgrounds and multiple picnic shelters. Sports Park attracts national tournaments, bringing athletes from across the country to Aurora.

Star K Ranch (Laredo St. and Smith Rd.) Home to Aurora’s’ Morrison Nature Center, Star K Ranch natural area provides important habitat for wildlife and has several trails for self-guided nature exploration. The nature center offers year-round programs by Aurora Naturalists. The Sand Creek Greenway Trail can be accessed from the property.

Wheel Park (Iliff Ave. east of Chambers Rd.) Celebrating all things “wheel,” this 28acre special use park offers a skateboard bowl, BMX dirt track, in-line hockey rinks, and RC track. Plenty of parking for thrill-seekers and connections to the regional Toll Gate Creek Trail.


Recreation Services & Facilities City of Aurora Recreation Services City of Aurora Recreation Classes and Programs (303) 739-6640 (call for a free catalog) auroragov.org/recreation Thousands of classes, programs and leagues are offered annually in cooking, sports, gymnastics, tennis, summer camps, therapeutic recreation, preschool, computers, crafts and hobbies, fitness and martial arts, aquatics, dog training, outdoor recreation, and much more. Facilities All city of Aurora recreation facilities may be rented for birthday parties, meetings, church groups, reunions, wedding receptions and more. Facility capacities vary. For more information, call (303) 739-6640 or visit auroragov. org/recreation.

Bicentennial Miniature Golf 13600 E. Bayaud Ave. at Bicentennial Park (303) 343-7888 These two challenging 18-hole courses with a distinctly colonial theme provide fun for the entire family. Special group rates and birthday party packages available. Call in early March for hours or visit auroragov.org/recreation. Beck Recreation Center 800 Telluride St. (303) 739-6886 (recreation center) (303) 739-6894 (pool) Full-service recreation center with indoor pool, hot tub, two dry saunas, full-court gymnasium, four racquetball courts, weight room with free weights and cardiovascular machines, evening

fitness classes, preschool, multipurpose rooms available for rentals on weekends, and a kitchen.

Expo Recreation Center 10955 E. Exposition Ave. (303) 326-8630 Small recreation center with multipurpose rooms, dance and fitness space, state-ofthe-art kitchen, and public-use computers. Lowry Intergenerational Center 1016 Boston St., in historic Lowry, Building 880 Preschool ((303) 326-8328) and intergenerational programs, including Morning Star Adult Day Program ((303) 326-8320) for adults with cognitive or physical challenges.

Meadowood Recreation Center 3054 S. Laredo St. (303) 326-8300 Recreation center with multipurpose rooms, dance space, gymnastics center, preschool, kitchen, outdoor tennis courts, playground and softball diamond. Moorhead Recreation Center 2390 Havana St. (303) 326-8315. Small recreation center with weight room, kitchen, an adjacent seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a half-court gym, and a game room with pool tables, air hockey and foosball.

Village Green Recreation Center 1300 S. Chambers Circle (303) 326-8640 Small recreation center with multipurpose rooms, a dance/activity room, kitchen, preschool and an adjacent seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.

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Summer Valley Recreation Center 17400 E. Lehigh Place (303) 326-8640. Small recreation center offers preschool classes and evening recreation classes. Parks  |  Recreation

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Libraries Aurora In addition to current magazines and book titles, the Aurora Public Library also has computers with e-mail access, CDs, books on tape, VHS tapes, DVDs, investment information, newspapers and job-search assistance. To review inventory, renew books, download eBooks or movies, or reserve books for a later pickup, visit auroralibrary.org. The Aurora Public Library offers free research assistance via e-mail, on the phone or in person. For reference questions, e-mail aplref@auroragov.org. For business questions, send an e-mail to brcbiz@auroragov.org. Or call (303) 739-6600. Aurora’s seven libraries also host numerous children’s, adult and family programs and story times throughout the year. Visit auroralibrary.org or call (303) 739-6600 for details.

Aurora Central Library 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, (303) 739-6600. Computers, computer classes in English, five meeting rooms, business resource center, Korean and Spanish collections,

health reference collection and wireless Internet access.

(303) 326-8600 Computers and two meeting rooms.

Hoffman Heights Library 1298 Peoria St. (303) 326-8620 Computer lab, computer classes in Spanish and English, and Spanish collection. Two meeting rooms and three study rooms.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 9898 E. Colfax Ave. (303) 739-1940. Computer lab, computer classes in Spanish and English, Spanish collection, John and Edna Mosley African-American Culture Collection and wireless Internet access.

Smoky Hill Library 5430 South Biscay Circle Centennial, Colorado 80015 (303) 693-7449

Chambers Plaza Library 15057 E. Colfax Ave., Unit C (west of King Soopers) (303) 363-6115 Computers and Spanish collection.

Iliff Square Library 2245 S. Peoria St. (303) 326-8654. Computers.

Mission Viejo Library 15324 E. Hampden Circle

Tallyn’s Reach Library 23911 E. Arapahoe Road (303) 627-3050 Computers, meeting rooms and wireless Internet access.

Castlewood Library 6739 South Uinta Street Centennial, Colorado 80112 (303) 771-3197

Koelbel Library 5955 South Holly Street Centennial, Colorado 80121 (303) 220-7704

Southglenn Library 7500 S. University Boulevard, #101 Centennial, Colorado 80122 (303) 221-3998

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Shopping in Aurora Southlands Main Street offers more than 150 retailers, restaurants and a stadium movie theater. This pedestrian friendly area is beautiful with seasonal landscaping and an outdoor fire pit. The Town Square offers many community events throughout the year including a farmer’s market, a holiday tree-lighting, ice rink during the winter, summer concert series, and fireworks on the fourth of July.

Town Center at Aurora The Town Center at Aurora is a traditional mall with over 125 retailers.  There are plenty of restaurants and a movie theater. Department stores include Macy’s and Dillard’s.

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East End Arts District The East End Arts District in historic Aurora represents international, national and local artists. Enjoy the rich culture of the district by strolling galleries, studios, restaurants, stores and theaters. Also enjoy Aurora’s public art. Located on Colfax Ave. For more information, visit eastendartsdistrict.org.

Aurora City Place This pedestrian friendly shopping area is located across from the Town Center of Aurora and down the street from the City Municipal Center. You will find a Barnes & Noble, Sportsman Warehouse, David’s Bridal, Super Target and many small stores and eateries. This outdoor mall is located at I-225 and Alameda.

Opening Soon Gardens on Havana This brand new urban center will offer shopping, housing and industrial opportunities. The new outdoor mall is replacing the old Buckingham Square Mall and is the main focus of the Havana Re-Development organization. Cornerstar Located at Parker and Arapahoe is set to begin opening in Fall 2008. The development will feature large format retailers, small shops, restaurants and housing. This development is located at Parker Rd. and Arapahoe Rd. and will begin opening Fall 2008.


Festivals

& Annual Events May Colorado Colfax Marathon This Half-Marathon runs along historic Colfax Ave. from City Park in Denver, through original Aurora, to the Anschutz Medical Campus and back to City Park. For more information visit coloradocolfaxmarathon.org.

Kids Spree Colorado’s largest outdoor Festival for kids features free hands-on activities & entertainment. For more information and location, call (303) 326-8FUN. Banks in Harmony Free music concerts in the parks throughout Aurora. Call for locations and times, (303) 344-1500.

June Summer Art Walk Explore the galleries and arts-related venues in the East End Arts District. For further information and map of the district, visit eastendartsdistrict.org or call (303) 361-9282.

Cruzin Havana Car Show & Poker Run The ultimate classic car show! Also enjoy live music and entertainment. For more information contact, (303) 364-2044. Banks in Harmony Free music concerts in the parks throughout Aurora. Call for schedule and times, (303) 344-1500.

August Banks in Harmony Free music concerts in the parks throughout Aurora. Call for locations and times, (303) 344-1500.

October Jack-O-Launch@PumpkinFest Colorado’s largest pumpkin launching contest is the highlight of this event that also features a 1-acre pumpkin patch, hay rides, pumpkin decorating and more. For more information, call (303) 326-8FUN. November Winter Art Walk Explore the galleries and arts-related venues in the East End Arts District. For further information and map of the district, visit eastendartsdistrict.org.

Holidays at the Homestead The annual sale at the 1870 Gully Homestead will feature handmade crafts, gifts, antiques and primitives, including clothes, specialty food items, ornaments and more. Sip cider and munch on a cookie while browsing the THIRDPG#RYSTAL?)NNPDF0wares in this historic setting. Contact (303) 326-8630 for more information.

September Festival International Enjoy the music, dance, food and crafts of cultures around the world. For more information and location, call (303) 361-6169.

Fiesta Aurora Celebrate Aurora’s Latino art & culture. Latin-influenced music, authentic food, a beer garden, dancing and plenty of family fun. For more information call (303) 326-8FUN.

July Arapahoe County Fair 4-H Exhibits and Junior Livestock auction, open rodeos, tractor pulls, carnival rides, food, fireworks, concerts, entertainment and much more. Held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Regional Park, 25690 E. Quincy Ave, Aurora. For more information visit arapahoecountyfair.com. #

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Fourth of July Spectacular Fourth of July Spectacular features the largest fireworks display in the metro area, live entertainment and a performance of music by the Air Force Academy Band and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Fourth of July Spectacular takes place at the great lawn on the west side of the Aurora Municipal Center. For more information and location, (303) 326-8FUN.

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Land Someplace Extraordinary Land Someplace Extraordinary High Point is a new masterfullyplanned, mixed-use community in Aurora and Denver offering new homes, a new commercial district with parks and trails connecting to both Denver and Aurora. Because of its location near Denver International Airport, visionary planning, and innovative community design, a more progressive way of life is taking flight here — a true aeropolitan environment. New homes are available today at High Point with business campuses; a town center; a commuter rail station; and so much more coming as this distinctive community develops.

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Never have you felt so connected — to everything Are you looking for the conveniences of a more urban local but don’t want to sacrifice the amenities of the further out suburban communities? Well you need to look no further than High Point. Located a mere 5 minutes from DIA and only 15 minutes from Fitzsimons and Buckley you are centrally located to access all of Aurora and Denver’s major employment centers quickly and easily with immediate access to most major highways just minutes from the community. Not suburban or urban at High Point you are mid-urban. Plus, you’ve never felt more connected to your neighbors. Literally, through a planned signature resident’s club adjacent to a 9-acre central park, many other planned parks that create a nexus for each neighborhood and, virtually, through an ever-evolving community-wide Intranet. Our first pool and cabana opened this Spring

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in The Grove neighborhood to rave reviews. Within the community an intricately-woven web of open spaces and 13 miles of trails makes every foot of this extraordinary place pedestrianfriendly and accessible with or without getting in your car. Here you can truly leave your keys at home.

What you’re shopping for is just — around the corner The tally for retail space at High Point could eclipse 500,000 square feet, including the its planned Town Center— an eclectic blend of unique boutiques, restaurants and services. Someday, you’ll be able to sip on a cappuccino at a sidewalk café as you check your email. Because the entire West End, from end to end, is destined to be one continuous wireless hotspot. Until then there are countless places to shop within minutes of your home. The Gateway Shopping Center is a five minute drive from High Point and boasts the country’s first “Green” solar powered Super Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, a Starbucks and numerous restaurants, banks and other neighborhood resources. And you are only 15 minutes from Aurora’s newest outdoor mall, Southlands; the new Northfields Shopping Center, and Aurora Place. Shopping from High Point couldn’t be easier. Learning is not just a destination — it’s a lifelong journey Clearly, our commitment to education is community-wide, yet it can inescapably be found in the planning of the Civic Center—a combination of a school,

private resident’s club and public library. The High Point Academy is an innovative, tuition-free, Preschool-8th grade public charter school which is in its third successful year of learning. Our third graders CSAP scores recently ranked them first in their region for reading. But we take learning even further with sculpture, painting, photography and other visual arts planned through our expansive Public Arts Program in common community areas such as parks, public spaces, retail areas and business parks. Even the outdoors has inside knowledge to impart here— through miles of planned informative, interpretive trails.

More than just a neighborhood — a true destination As you can see High Point is planned to be more than just a neighborhood or cluster of homes. Its innovative planning and mix of uses set in the strategic location near DIA make it central to everything and poised to be one of Denver & Aurora’s next great communities. D.R. Horton is our community’s first builder and is currently selling seven home plans starting in the mid$200’s. Now is the time to get in on the ground floor in this dynamic new community. Don’t miss out on living in one of Denver & Aurora’s premier master planned mixed-use communities.

HighPointColorado.com (303) 222-0000 | Model Homes Open Daily Seven Floor Plans from the Mid-$200’s Directions: Take I-70 to Pena Blvd, Exit Tower Rd South and then take a left heading East on 64th.


Getting Started! The following is all the information you will need to get started on setting up your new life in Aurora. Please keep this magazine in a convenient location as a reference. Area Code The Denver metro area, including Aurora and Centennial, use two area codes because of the size of the area. The two codes are 303 and 720. When you dial a phone number remember to also dial the area code first. When dialing long distance of course you will dial a 1 plus the area code. However, 303 and 720 are not long distance. The following phone numbers should help you get started, however, if you have any questions please ask your Realtor or property manager. Utilities Gas & Electric Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999

Xcel Energy Call before you dig (800) 922-1987

Trash Services/Recycling Please refer to your local phone book under Waste Disposal – Residential or ask your Realtor or property manager. Waste Management (303) 797-1600

Denver Trash Collection (720) 865-6900

Water & Sewer Companies Aurora Water & Sanitation (303) 739-7388

Lawn & Garden Questions Summertime and gardening go hand in hand in Colorado. Each county has a Cooperative Extension that is available to answer lawn and garden questions. Phone lines are staffed by Master Gardeners and other professionals in horticulture.

Arapahoe County Co-op Extension (303) 730-1920

Xeriscape Xeriscape is a water-conserving landscape that includes trees, plants and colorful flowers. It is an alternative to a more traditional grass yard. While grass can still be part of a Xeriscape landscape, grassy areas are limited to smaller, commonly used areas. Learn more by visiting aurora.gov and run a search for Xeriscape on the homepage. Aurora Water offers free classes to learn more too. Local Newspaper Aurora Sentinel aurorasentinel.com

Xcel Energy Report a power outage (800) 895-1999 Phone Companies Qwest Telephone/Cell Phone (800) 244-1111 Comcast Cable (800) 288-2085 AT & T (800) 222-0300

Cable Companies Comcast (303) 930-2000 Satellite Companies Qwest (800) 244-1111 Direct TV (800) 539-9953 Dish Network (800) 784-5670

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Getting Started Post Offices There are many Post Offices located throughout Aurora and Centennial. The best way to located one close to your location is to visit usps.com and click on locate a post office. It will locate the Post Office on a map and give you the address.

Voter Registration Newcomer’s can register to vote at any Driver’s License office, City Clerk’s office or Motor Vehicle office. When you get your new driver’s license you can also register. For more information, contact Arapahoe County-Voting Information at (303) 795-4511.

Motor Vehicle Laws Colorado license plates must be obtained within 30 days after residency has been established. You are considered a resident if you are employed in Colorado, own or operate a business in Colorado or have rented or purchased an apartment or home. Non-resident students and Armed Forces personnel are not required to obtain Colorado license plates or a Colorado Driver’s license if they have

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A newcomer to Colorado must obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 30 days after establishing residency. In most cases, if your present license is valid, you will only need to pass a written examination and eye test. Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (303) 205-5600 Driver’s License Office Full Service Office – Aurora 14391 E. 4th Ave at Sable Clocktower Shopping Center (303) 344-8400

Arapahoe County Central-Centennial 12600 E. Arapahoe Rd. (303) 795-5954 Plates & Titles 490 S. Chambers Rd. Aurora, 80017 (303) 795-4500

Arapahoe County Central-Centennial 12600 E. Arapahoe Rd. (303) 795-5954

Vehicle Emissions Inspections New Residents If you are bringing a vehicle into the Denver-Boulder emissions program area from another state or from another part of Colorado, including from a basic emissions program area, you are required to obtain an emissions

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test and register your vehicle in your new county. In addition, you may need a VIN verification. If your vehicle has never been registered within the state of Colorado in the past, in addition to an emissions test you must also obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification prior to registering your vehicle. When a newer vehicle is brought into the program area and is less than three years old (from Manufacturer Statement of Origin) the vehicle does not require an emissions inspection at the time of registration. The vehicle will require an emissions inspection when it reaches its fourth model year. Air Care Colorado Hotline (303) 456-7090 aircarecolorado.com Testing Stations Stapleton (North Aurora) 12042 East 30th Avenue Aurora

Denver Southeast (Southeast Aurora) 10190 East Warren Avenue Aurora

Pet Licensing Dogs and cats living in Arapahoe County must be licensed annually and vaccinated against rabies. They must be vaccinated in 30 days or have been vaccinated in the last 12 months. Most communities have strict leash laws. For more information, contact Animal Control at Arapahoe County, (720) 874-6750.


Government City of Aurora 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Aurora, CO 80012

Access Aurora & City Info (303) 739-7000 email: access@auroragov.org auroragov.org

Mayor, Ed Tauer  (303) 739-7015

City Council  (303) 739-7015 Ward 1, Deborah Wallace Ward 2, Renie Peterson Ward 3, Larry Beer Ward 4, Molly Markert, Mayor Pro Tem Ward 5, Sue Sandstrom Ward 6, Bob Broom

TV Services KACT TV-8  (303) 739-6588

Water  (303) 739-7370

Citizen Liaison  (303) 754-3323

Municipal Court/Tickets/Summons (303) 739-6444

Contractor Licensing  (303) 754-3408

Water Billing  (303) 739-7388 Zoning  (303) 739-7347

City Attorney  (303) 739-7030

Police/Fire/ Ambulance  911

City of Centennial 12503 E. Euclid Dr., Ste. 200 Centennial CO 80111

At large: Ryan Frazier, Steve Hogan, Brad Pierce, Bob FitzGerald

City Hall  (303) 734-4567 Fax  (720) 488-0933 centennialcolorado.com e-mail: info@centennialcolorado.com

Aurora Reservoir  (303) 690-1286

City Clerk, Linda Gawlik  (303) 754-3406 lgawlik@centennialcolorado.com

Animal Care/Info  (303) 326-8280 Aurora Business Dev. Center  (303) 326-8690 Building Permits/Inspections  (303) 739-7420 City Clerk  (303) 739-7094

City Manager  (303) 739-7010 Community Development  (303) 739-7900

Community Relations  (303) 739-7580

Development Services  (303) 739-7345 Election Information  (303) 739-7122 Fire Administration  (303) 326-8999 Golf Tee Time Reservations  (303) 326-8333

Human Resources  (303) 739-7225

Job Hotline  (303) 739-7222 Libraries (Administration)  (303) 739-6640

Licensing, Business/Liquor  (303) 739-7057

Municipal Records   (303) 739-7074

Neighborhood Support Svcs  (303) 739-7280

Parks & Open Space  (303) 739-7160 Planning  (303) 739-7250

Police Administration  (303) 739-6000 Public Works  (303) 739-7300 Recreation  (303) 739-6640 FAX (303) 739-6586

Building Permits & Inspections  (303) 754-3321

Mayor, Randy Pye  (303) 754-3350 rpye@centennialcolorado.com

Treasurer, Susan Bockenfeld (303) 754-3353 sbockenfeld@centennialcolorado.com

City Manager  (303) 754-3341

Code Enforcement  (303) 754-3400

Contracts/Purchasing  (303) 754-3348 Finance/Accounts Payable  (303) 754-3445 Human Resources/Admin  (303) 754-3337 Planning & Development  (303) 754-3345

Liquor Licensing  (303) 754-3324 Media & Community Relations  (303) 754-3454

Mosquito Control  (303) 734-4567 Municipal Court  (303) 754-3380 Public Works  (303) 734-4567

Road Maintenance  (303) 734-4567 Zoning  (303) 754-3308

Police/Fire/ Ambulance  911

City Council

Ward I Rick Dindinger  (303) 754-3352 rdindinger@centennialcolorado.com Betty Ann Habig  (303) 754-3354 bhabig@centennialcolorado.com Ward II Sue Bosier  (303) 754-3404 sbosier@centennialcolorado.com Keith Gardner  (303) 754-3359 kgardner@centennialcolorado.com

Ward III Rebecca McClellan  (303) 754-3405 rmcclellan@centennialcolorado.com Patrick Anderson  (303) 770-0058 panderson@centennialcolorado.com Ward IV Todd Miller  (303) 754-3405 tmiller@centennialcolorado.com Ron Weidmann  (303) 754-3343 rweidmann@centennialcolorado.com

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