Hancock’s Plan for the First 100 Days in Office

Denver’s next mayor will face immediate and unprecedented challenges. Over the course of the past few months, Michael has laid out specific policy proposals and action plans to start turning these challenges into opportunities.  The next mayor will not have time for a honeymoon or any on-the-job training. As former President of the Denver City Council and with a clear vision for Denver’s future, Michael will hit the ground running the day after the election with specific strategies and innovative ideas to lead Denver forward.

In his first 100 days in office, Michael will focus on:

  • Strengthening the economy, supporting businesses and creating private-sector jobs;
  • Improving education and creating new opportunities for all children to succeed;
  • Eliminating the city’s $100 million budget deficit in the short term and fundamentally re-thinking government for the long term;
  • Restoring public trust and confidence in the Police Department.


Michael Hancock’s Priority Action Plan for First 100 Days in Office

To expand the economy and grow jobs, Michael will:

  • Meet with 100 Denver business leaders in 100 days, sending a clear message that Denver is listening, enacting cutting-edge ideas, implementing real solutions and fully open for business. Leaders will come from diverse industry sectors including clean energy/sustainablity, biotechnology, arts and culture and many more.   
  • Design and implement a comprehensive strategy to recruit new businesses and jobs to Denver before the end of the year. Michael will focus most urgently on immediate opportunities such as GE’s solar manufacturing plant and other clean energy companies, as well as attracting large employers to the 23-mile “Corridor of Opportunity” between DIA and Downtown. 
  • Rebuild the Office of Economic Development with new leadership and a new mission to focus on job-creation, become a better partner for businesses seeking to start, expand or relocate to Denver, and establish Denver as the Startup and Small Business Capital of the Country.
  • Create and launch “Startup Denver,” a public-private partnership that will combine resources from the city, private sector and economic development experts to break down barriers and create new opportunities for start-ups, including access to capital.
  • Host the first annual international reverse trade mission with regional chambers of commerce, Visit Denver and other organizations to attract international business, investment and innovation to Denver.
  • Establish Denver Seeds, a network of urban farms that will grow a homegrown fresh-food economy in the city.  Denver Seeds will operate out of Greenprint Denver, which will be elevated to become the permanent Office of Sustainability, partnering with the Office of Economic Development to support businesses and create jobs.


To improve education and create new opportunities for all children to succeed, Michael will:

  • Create the “Denver Education Compact,” a new and binding agreement requiring the City, Denver Public Schools, higher education and community stakeholders to make specific commitments to improve education throughout Denver. An immediate first step will be hosting a Denver Compact Summit within the first 100 days in office to define the Compact, outline priorities and goals, identify measurements of progress, and develop tools of accountability.
  • Name a Cabinet-level Manager of Children’s Affairs to break down silos and make certain all children have access to health care, nutritious meals and early childhood education.


To eliminate the city’s $100 million budget deficit and fundamentally re-think government, Michael will:

  • Launch “Peak Performance,” a new initiative that will set clear performance goals for all city agencies, using data to show progress. Modeled after Baltimore’s CitiStat Program, Peak Performance will improve the efficiency and quality of city services by eliminating waste and breaking down silos between departments – saving the city millions of dollars.
  • Deliver a balanced budget to the City Council by Sept. 1. Michael will utilize new strategies and initial recommendations from the Structural Financial Task Force, which was created at his urging.
  • Solicit innovative budget-balancing ideas from residents, businesses and city employees through roundtables, surveys and other means to continuously identify new ways to consolidate government, eliminate wasteful bureaucracy and streamline services.
  • Hold roundtable and group meetings with city workers to immediately build new bridges and forge stronger partnerships with all employee groups.


To rebuild public trust and confidence in the Police Department, Michael will:

  • Appoint a new Police Chief and Manager of Safety who will adhere to the city’s newly established discipline rules and quickly resolve pending and future discipline cases.
  • Reduce wasteful layers of bureaucracy within the upper ranks of the Police Department and Manager of Safety’s Office.
  • Expand community policingby increasing foot and bike patrols, dedicating deliberate city services to neighborhoods in need, and implementing regular community meetings throughout the city.