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Mayor Coffman Weekly Update - April 5, 2021

Mayor Coffman's Weekly Update - April 5, 2021
Posted on 04/09/2021
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman

Help the City of Aurora Engage with Local Neighborhoods

You and your neighbors play an important role in each other's lives. Not only can you be a source of fun and enjoyment for each other, but you are also the glue that holds your neighborhood together during emergencies or times of stress. Recognizing the importance of these relationships, the city of Aurora is gathering input from residents, neighborhood groups and HOAs to determine what community-building incentives would encourage participation in its Neighborhood Registration Program.

Your input is essential as we craft and fine-tune the incentives that we offer through our program. We invite you to visit our Engage Aurora project page at EngageAurora.org/NeighborhoodRegistration where you’ll find a short survey and information on how to provide additional feedback.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to invite residents to participate in a Community Brainstorming Session at 6 p.m. April 21 via WebEx. Join online at that time (Meeting Number: 187 241 0975, Password: Ideas!)

The feedback from the Community Brainstorming Session and the data collected during the survey will be used to create a programming roadmap. This roadmap will be presented to all participants and the community at large by May 14.

 

Help and Scholarships Available for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Are you an immigrant entrepreneur pursuing your dream? Are you looking to start an import/export business or to make improvements to your business?

Learn how you can launch your global business with the support of the World Trade Center Denver's Global Trade Activator program and the Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs. Hear from one of the program's participants on their experience and success. The Office of International and Immigrant Affairs will announce its scholarship opportunity for immigrants residing in Aurora to go through the program.

The World Trade Center Denver and Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs are co-hosting a free informational meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13. Register online, and learn more about the program at WTCDenver.org.

 

Learn More About COVID-19 Vaccinations

This week, I was fortunate to have my second COVID-19 vaccination shot, from Stride Community Health Center. I had some resulting fatigue, but the side effects are nothing compared with the dangers of the virus itself, so I want to encourage everyone to get a vaccine. No one will be forced to take the vaccine, but the greater the percentage of our population that gets vaccinated, the quicker we put COVID-19 behind us.

Learn more at COVID19.Colorado.gov/Vaccine or TCHD.org/COVIDvaccine.

 

City Offices To Be Closed Friday, April 16, for Employee Furlough Day

As part of a series of cost-saving measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, city of Aurora employees will be taking a mandatory furlough day on Friday, April 16. Because of this, many city facilities will be closed, but life-safety operations like police, fire and water will continue. A full list of facility closures will be posted next week at AuroraGov.org. Additionally, because of the furlough, there will not be an episode of “Mayor Mike Live” on April 16, but it will return on Facebook Live and AuroraTV.org on April 23.

 

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Next week is National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and the city of Aurora is taking a new approach to the issue of youth violence, which is something that affects our community and many other communities across the state and the nation.

Youth violence is an adverse childhood experience and is connected to other forms of violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, sexual violence, and suicide. In response, Aurora is committed to ending violence among youth by merging the many efforts and resources currently available across the city, to tackle this issue more strategically. Aurora will be convening the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table, a conglomerate of youth, community and city leaders, to identify immediate and actionable items needed to support youth violence prevention efforts. In addition, we recently hired a new Youth Violence Prevention Program Manager to help lead the way.

Other key initiatives are underway, including a joint compact with Denver to address youth violence as a public health crisis, and the involvement of youth on advisory boards across the city, including in the Police Chief’s Youth Advisory Team, and the Youth Advisory Committee for Parks, Recreation and Open Space.

Watch the city’s social media next week for more information about youth violence prevention efforts, including a proclamation at Monday’s City Council meeting.

 

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