On July 14, our office had the fantastic opportunity to attend Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s 2014 State of the City Address at the beautiful Denver Art Museum. The above quote came as part of Mayor Hancock’s closing remarks after he had finished elaborating on the economic, social and cultural initiatives that have helped transform Denver into a world-class city at a speed-of-light pace.
There are many diverse elements that seem to play into the growth and prosperity of Denver: among them, our thriving economy, our access to healthy lifestyle options and the preservation of the precious and beautiful natural resources that surround us. To be sure, these are all things that make me immensely grateful and proud to live here, having relocated to Denver during the spring of this year. But I want to key in on, in my humble opinion, perhaps the most important part of those benefits we enjoy: that they are “ours.”
The significance of community, the importance of the people that call this city home, was evident in the mayor’s speech. There was a strong sense of shared responsibility, shared shortcomings, shared success and shared pride. This sentiment resonated strongly with me due in large part to it also being a foundational concept of the work we do at dovetail every day. It was one of the first things I learned when I joined the team.
The profound impact of partnership is something with which I have become extremely familiar over the course of the past several months. Through our work, we see the dividends that it pays, but it extends far beyond the workplace. We can create more mutually beneficial outcomes together than we can on our own. And in the case of Denver, as illustrated by Mayor Hancock, the efforts of many people have made and will continue to make this city what it is today. Vibrant. Thriving. Prosperous. Together. The idea that we have a stake in one another’s success can be a powerful one.