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Have an opinion about something happening in Golden? GuidingGolden.com lets you have your say on issues important in our community. With forums, surveys, Q&As and more, each project on the site offers different ways to engage, with staff always listening and standing by to answer questions.
We have several ongoing projects, and some that are brand new to the site so it always pays to check in regularly. The most recent additions to the site are the West Downtown Neighborhood Plan and an overview of the upcoming North Washington Complete Street Project.
You also have an opportunity to weigh in on the 2019/2020 Biennial Budget Process through Guiding Golden. A good portion of the budget is always used to maintain our existing infrastructure, including water systems, street repair, snow plowing and parks. The City wants to look beyond maintaining infrastructure, however, to see how we can make Golden the best place it can possibly be for our residents and is asking for your ideas.
Another project looking for ideas comes from the Golden History Museum & Park looking for possible items to add to a 2018 Time Capsule. In November of this year we will be unearthing a time capsule buried 50 years ago and replacing it with a new one. What should we add to the new time capsule for future generations to uncover?
Council Connects is a special feature on the site offering a glimpse at articles City Council members are reading and issues they are thinking about in between meetings.
Other conversations currently happening on GuidingGolden.com.
- Planning Projects – Golden Planning Department has a number of projects happening at any given time. This is where you can find out what’s happening!
- Singletrack Sidewalks – The City wants to know your thoughts on the proposal to build natural surface
trails near existing paved paths.
- Affordable Housing - How can we maintain a fair and inclusive community?
- Short Term Rentals - The City needs your feedback on potential regulatory changes.
- Golden Investment Forums – Help the City decide which projects to invest in to achieve our community
- Hunger Free Golden Community Collaborative – Together we seek to identify and address the challenges
many members of our community face in providing for their food needs.
The tradition continues for the 8th year in a row, as Golden’s Mayor Marjorie Sloan honors outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to Golden with the Mayor's Awards for Excellence. The winners will be awarded at the Mayor’s Community Celebration Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Mines Campus Student Center at 1620 Maple St. Golden.
This year at the Mayor's Community Celebration, prepare to be inspired by a man who lived through the worst, and now works to encourage others to make an impact on the people and places around them. At the age of nine, John O’Leary suffered severe burns on 100 percent of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night, but he did. John endured months in a hospital bed, dozens of surgeries, the amputation of all of his fingers, and years of physical therapy. But for him it wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning of his journey. Some call John a survivor but he is much more than that. John O’Leary is a beacon of hope, and he has an important message to share with Golden. You won’t want to miss hearing this profound speaker, who can teach us all that together, we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present. John’s national bestselling book On Fire details his story and is the basis for his lectures.
Nominate someone exceptional!
Now is the time to nominate a person or group whom, through their extraordinary efforts, exhibit commitment and dedication to the City of Golden and/or Mines.
Nominations are accepted for two different awards. The Individual or Business/Organization award highlights exceptional contributions to the Golden community at large. The Gold Mine award highlights contributions made to the betterment of the Colorado School of Mines within the Golden Community.
Completed nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21. You may submit your nomination in one of three ways:
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!