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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge Crime Rates Drop 26% Since 2021

Wheat Ridge has seen a significant drop in crime rates, returning to levels last observed before the pandemic. The Wheat Ridge Police Department reports a 26% overall decrease in crime since 2021, marking a substantial improvement from the spike experienced during the pandemic. A major factor in this reduction is the department’s success in recruiting

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Fostering Entrepreneurs in Wheat Ridge

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for the Clear Creek Makerspace, a workplace fully equipped with tools and software for creatives and entrepreneurs alike to exercise their creativity. After seeing the space, equipment, and response from the community, I believe this new makerspace, powered by Localworks, will serve a vital role

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge Begins Effort to Build a New City Plan

We are launching a community engagement process to help us set the stage for the city’s updated master plan, or City Plan, as we’re calling it. This plan aims to articulate the community’s vision for the next 20 years, establish shared values and identify priorities for the future. It will also provide direction on issues

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge Police Department Gets High Tech in 2024

Our council’s approval of the police department’s budget for 2024 marks a pivotal moment for law enforcement in our city, with the introduction of two groundbreaking initiatives aimed at enhancing public safety and investigative capabilities.  One of the significant additions is the establishment of the WRPD Drone Program, reflecting a forward-thinking approach to policing in

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

New Nature Playground at Anderson Park

The City of Wheat Ridge is delighted to announce the completion of a new Nature Playground at Anderson Park, a transformative addition that promises to elevate the recreational experience for children in the community. This cutting-edge playground, developed by GameTime, integrates seamlessly with the natural surroundings, fostering higher levels of physical activity, social interaction and

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

As Mayor, I Condemn Antisemitic Hate Speech Presented To Council

On Monday, November 13, during our regular business meeting, the Wheat Ridge City Council held public comment both in person and via Zoom as we have done since March of 2020, allowing public participation from home. Unfortunately, for the first time since holding a hybrid accessible public forum, several participants logged in remotely to share

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Preserving Neighborhood Character

Development, increased home values, even the influx of new coffee shops are a sign of a desirable, vibrant community. But as we grow, we risk losing our small-town charm. As Mayor, I remain committed to leading Wheat Ridge into its next chapter while preserving our beloved neighborhood character. To strike this delicate balance the City

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

A Week With The Mayor

Being a mayor is a bit like scaling a towering mountain, navigating its ever-shifting terrain while keeping a firm grip on the practicalities of governance. You stand as a sentinel on the summit of your city’s dreams, surveying its issues and potential like a climber embracing both the weight of their gear and the awe-inspiring

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Additional Funding Approved For Wadsworth Boulevard

I am excited to announce additional funding has been made available to construct permanent improvements at the south end of the Wadsworth corridor, focused on the 38th Avenue intersection. The additional work is part of the Wadsworth Improvement project, which first broke ground in late 2021. The project is modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Resident Survey Results And Action Steps

The results of our resident survey are in! And the feedback we received was no surprise. Overall, Wheat Ridge residents enjoy a high quality of life, with all the amenities of being located next to a major city without the major cost. Residents said in the survey they like living in Wheat Ridge and would

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

New Tech Expands The Reach Of City Info And Services

The City of Wheat Ridge is expanding its technological reach with new ways to access content and explore offerings. Most recently the city launched a new app through Localworks, made Channel 8 available in high-definition, and is in the process of making Channel 8 available on Roku and Amazon Fire.   The Explore Wheat Ridge

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Makes The Spotlight

The City of Wheat Ridge is pleased to announce that the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt has been chosen as a 2023 Leave No Trace Spotlight! Leave No Trace launched their Spotlight program this year, to strengthen stewardship efforts and partnerships by empowering stakeholders, land managers, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country.  Wheat Ridge is

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Council Accepts Race And Equity Task Force Recommendations

The Wheat Ridge Race and Equity Task Force recently presented to the city council recommendations on how the city can become a more equitable community. In February 2021, the Race and Equity Task Force was appointed by the city council to carry out a thorough review of city policies, services, and ordinances to identify opportunities

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

The City of Wheat Ridge is excited to join the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation for the first time, and I encourage all Wheat Ridge residents to join me in this pledge. Water conservation is a key component of creating a sustainable, healthy future for our residents, and conservation is a goal we can

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge Sees First Decrease In Motor Vehicle Theft In Years

Let’s talk about motor vehicle theft: both the ugly truth, and the biggest win we’ve seen in a long time.  The Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (C-MATT) just released its 2022 annual report, and there’s an encouraging statistic in there that we’re quite proud of: the Wheat Ridge Police Department is among just a

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Affordable Housing Strategy And Action Plan

The Wheat Ridge City Council is kicking off 2023 focused on affordable housing within the city. Last month, council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan. This is the first time the City of Wheat Ridge will specifically study housing affordability in the community and craft a policy approach toward identified challenges. Key components

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

2023 Budget Conservatively Projects An Optimistic Future

The Wheat Ridge City Council unanimously approved our budget for 2023 and I’m proud to say the economic state of our city is strong, despite some unforeseen challenges since 2020. Revenues have performed significantly better than estimated and commercial and residential development activity continues to thrive. Federal financial assistance of over $10 million in CARES

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

City Partners With Jefferson Center To Increase Mental Health Resources

The City of Wheat Ridge recently invested $400,000 of its American Rescue Plan dollars into Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a local community partner, to provide resources in response to the growing demand for mental health services. Like CPR, lives can be saved if more Americans know the warning signs of mental health problems, the

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Wheat Ridge

Five Factors Driving Economic Growth In Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge is laying the groundwork for a sustainable economic future by focusing on development opportunities that attract companies who hire top talent, while investing in physical infrastructure in creative ways – ultimately making our community more attractive for residents and businesses. I believe there are five key elements Wheat Ridge focuses on that sets

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Celebrating The Success Of Wheat Ridge Businesses

Small businesses are essential in the success of a local economy. They create jobs and gathering spaces, reinvest in the community, and foster growth and prosperity. That is why for the last 18 years the City of Wheat Ridge has celebrated the commitment of small businesses to our community with an annual Business Appreciation Awards

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Housing Affordability In Our City

Every two years, the city conducts a resident survey to learn about perceptions from our residents on life in Wheat Ridge. We ask questions about the quality of services we provide, what’s important and perceptions of quality of life in Wheat Ridge. We track results over time to gauge progress and changes. In the 2021

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

Tackling Crime & Homelessness At I-70 & Kipling

One of the most frequent concerns I, and my Jeffco counterparts, hear from residents is the growth of persons experiencing homelessness in our community. Residents cite criminal activity, overall safety, debris and property devaluation as their primary complaints when asking their governments to “fix” this issue. As I have discussed in many different forums throughout

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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

There’s Great Work Happening At City Hall

On May 20 I attended the city’s virtual employee award ceremony, where Wheat Ridge employees were honored for work completed in 2021 that aligned with the city’s ACTION values. ACTION stands for Accountability, Change, Teamwork, Integrity, Opportunity and Now, and city employees are expected to uphold these values in their work and interactions. As I

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