The Community and Economic Development Department was organized in 2012 in order to enhance the coordination and integration of Golden’s forward looking efforts related to land use, community and neighborhood planning, economic development and vitality, and sustainability. The divisions in the department specialize in working with community interests to achieve our community goals as detailed in Golden Vision 2030, our primary guiding vision for Golden’s future.
Community & Economic Development Department Divisions
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a special district entity authorized and directed by state statute to benefit the economic and community vitality of the downtown area. The DDA administers a robust grant system and invests in many public infrastructure projects within the DDA boundaries. Visit the DDA webpage to learn more about the authority’s goals.
The Economic Development Division administers and implements small business assistance programs, and primary employment attraction and retention efforts. Golden’s Economic Development Commission provides direction for such efforts.
In 1989, the Golden City Council created the Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) to support the economic health and remediate blight within Golden. Currently, GURA has three urban renewal areas including portions of west 8th Street, Central Neighborhoods, and the Colfax Avenue Corridor.
The Planning Division works with citizens and businesses to ensure that land use complies with the City of Golden zoning regulations. In addition, the division works with the Planning Commission to modify, update and utilize the City of Golden’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan defines the long range goals and intentions regarding the nature and direction of future development within the City of Golden. It contains elements on land use, transportation, community facilities, urban design, and housing.
The Planning Division encompasses many aspects of developing the city we live in, including business development, land use issues, historic sites preservation, and setting community values for long-range planning. The Division supports Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Board.
The Public Art Commission (PAC) has the responsibility of promoting, selecting, acquiring and maintaining public art in the fulfillment of the City’s Art in Public Places program. The PAC also adopts policies regarding the Public Art in Golden.
In Golden, as across the U.S. and other nations, we are faced with impacts of population growth, resource consumption, and increased energy needs. Golden is also affected by regional impacts such as the economy, the structuring of local tax revenues, and competing needs for resources by adjacent communities. Based upon community and City Council direction the Sustainability Division supports community policies, programs, and efforts for “living or acting in a manner that balances improving our quality of life, a healthy vibrant community, and mindful stewardship of the natural resources and environment while protecting the ability of future generations to do the same.” The Sustainability Division supports the Community Sustainability Advisory Board.
The Community Marketing Program, Visit Golden, is a cooperative marketing effort between the City of Golden and the local retail business community that works to promote tourism and commerce within Golden. This cooperative effort combines professional marketing strategies with innovative community vision that produces award-winning and effective campaigns and promotions. Visit Golden, utilizes a merchant based funding mechanism, i.e. the “Vendors’ Fee,” to directly benefit retail sales, restaurants, entertainment venues and cultural attractions through increased awareness, visitation and patronage.