Community Leaders Forum
February 18, 2016
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
*Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m.
Arapahoe Community College Dining Hall
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160
What is the State of Our Community?
Please join FirstBank and other members of your community in a discussion about:
Opportunities and Challenges for 2016 and beyond
Legislation that will affect our local governments,
businesses and neighborhoods
This is a free event for the South Metro Denver Community. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to attend.
A light breakfast will be served.
RSVP: Marilyn Manning
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.763.1865
Mayor Bruce Beckman, Littleton
Mayor Jim Gunning, Lone Tree
Mayor Joe Jefferson, Englewood
Mayor Cathy Noon, Centennial
District III Commissioner Jill Repella, Douglas County
Program will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.
MAYOR BRUCE BECKMAN – LITTLETON - Bruce Beckman has a robust military background and service to the city of Littleton and the state of Colorado. He spent three years on active duty as an Army Infantry Officer, completing Airborne and Ranger Schools. After military, he settled in Colorado and joined the Colorado Army National Guard and the Army Military Police. He served in the First Gulf War and retired at the rank of Colonel. He served many years as a Littleton Police Officer, and in 2011 Bruce retired from the police department and was elected to City Council. He successfully ran for a second term in 2013. In 2015, he was chosen to be the Mayor. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is married to former Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman and they have two children.
MAYOR JIM GUNNING – LONE TREE - Jim earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering that launched him into 20 years of combined service on active or serve status in the United States Air Force. In 2001, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and currently works for United Airlines as an Airbus A-320 Captain. Jim was elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May 2006, and then elected Mayor in 2008. He is credited for advocating $10 million in recreation amenities and for building a new city-owned $18 million 500- seat, Lone Tree Arts Center. Jim is currently the chair of the Metro Mayor’s Caucus and board member of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. He is married and has two children.
MAYOR JOE JEFFERSON – ENGLEWOOD - Joe Jefferson is a Colorado native and grew up in Englewood. He has served on Englewood City Council since 2007, representing Englewood Council District 1. In November 2015, he became Mayor of Englewood. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and attained his J.D. from the University of Denver Law School. He is the Principal Attorney of the Jefferson Legal Group in Englewood. Mayor Jefferson has served on a number of Englewood Boards and Commissions over the years, including the Alliance for Commerce in Englewood, the Budget Advisory Committee, Keep Englewood Beautiful, the Urban Renewal Authority, the Water and Sewer Board, and the Employee Pension Board. Joe represents the City of Englewood on the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Metro Mayors Caucus and previously served on the Colorado Municipal League’s Policy Committee.
MAYOR CATHY NOON – CENTENNIAL - Cathy Noon has served as the Mayor of Centennial, Colorado since 2010 and is currently midway through her second term. She represents Centennial on many regional policy-making bodies and economic development organizations as well as the nationally recognized Metro Mayors Caucus. Under her leadership, Centennial has consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in Colorado, been recognized on Money Magazine and USA Today’s “Best Places to
Live” lists, and in 2015, was one of 12 cities nationwide to receive a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for the formation of an innovation team to look at transportation and technology issues. Cathy and her husband Jim have been small business owners for 30 years operating a corrugated box and packaging company and a recycling company. Cathy is also a Senior Manager for Community
Resource Services, a special district management firm. The Noon’s have two grown children and three grandchildren and enjoy the Colorado outdoors.
DISTRICT III COMMISSIONER JILL REPELLA – DOUGLAS COUNTY - Jill is the 2015 Chair of the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Repella was elected to her first term as a Douglas County Commissioner in November of 2008 and re-elected in 2012 for her second four-year term. Over a cumulative total of 30 years, prior to her induction as Commissioner, Jill served in various elected and appointed positions in Douglas County. Among the policy priorities about which
Jill continues to have the most passion and commitment is economic development. She believes it is fundamental role of government to facilitate and maintain a fertile environment for business – an environment in which jobs can be created that will in turn create economic well-being and quality of life for the County’s citizens. Exemplary of her commitment to Economic Development is her
role in the passage of House Bill 12-1029 “The Colorado Jobs Act”. Jill and her family are actively engaged in many sport, education, church and community activities.