Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Mayor of Denver

Michael B. Hancock became Denver’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately launched Denver Peak Performance, an effort that will save the city $10 million a year. His strategy for making government more efficient, effective and customer-service oriented laid the groundwork for his plan to transform Denver into a “smart city” that is innovative and intentional.

Mayor Hancock worked with congressional, state and regional leaders to land one of four satellite U.S. patent and trademark offices for downtown Denver. This office will generate nearly $440 million in economic impact over the next five years while placing Denver on the cutting edge of technology and bolstering the region’s burgeoning high-tech sectors and job growth.

Hancock envisions a bustling “aerotropolis” at Denver International Airport that will drive job growth and become a regional economic powerhouse. Development of the land on airport property is expected to generate 30,000 jobs over the next 20 years. Hancock has brought new international flights that will generate a combined $167.4 million in economic impact for the region while opening Denver to new markets.

To support businesses, Mayor Hancock and his team created the JumpStart 2012 and 2013 economic development plans. This job-creation blueprint has allowed businesses such as Colorado Premium Foods to keep 185 jobs in Denver, with plans to double that number. The JumpStart plans have attracted new businesses to the city, including SCL Health Systems and a new Southwest Airlines pilot base.

Hancock founded the Denver Education Compact to align city programs, services and investments to best serve Denver’s children and youth. The goal is to get at least 90 percent of Denver third graders reading at grade level by 2017. Hancock also formed the Denver Children’s Cabinet and launched a program to give the city’s kids free access to Denver recreation centers and pools.

Hancock has also brought meaningful reform to the Denver Police Department.  He established new leadership, appointed new commanders and reformed the discipline process.

When Hancock and his team launched the administration’s Peak Performance effort, Denver Human Services had a backlog of more than 10,000 applications for assistance benefits. The agency is now processing 95 percent of applications on time and getting food, cash and medical assistance to families in need when they need it most. The city has also moved nearly 2,000 chronic homeless individuals to permanent housing.

A graduate of Denver’s Manual High School, Hancock earned a B.A. in political science from Hastings College. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Before serving as mayor, Hancock represented Denver City Council’s District 11 from 2003-2008. He served two terms as council president. He presided over the creation of the Denver Preschool Program, spearheaded efforts to expand economic opportunities, fought to end the foreclosure crisis and mortgage fraud, helped initiate innovative-schools legislation and helped guide the Better Denver Bond program.

Mayor Hancock is the proud father of three children: Alayna, Jordan and Janae. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 18 years.

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