by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
Want to know what’s been happening in Arvada and what developments are likely in the future? Then here’s an increasingly popular event that you might want to take some time out of your day to attend. It’s this coming Friday and it’s the Chamber of Commerce’s third Friday breakfast meeting. The guest speaker is the Mayor of the City of Arvada, Marc Williams, who will be giving a State of the City address to the Chamber.
The breakfast will be catered at the Arvada Center and everyone is welcome to attend – you don’t have to be a member of the Chamber to attend the event. I’m not a Chamber member, but I have sat in on a number of Chamber events in recent years. Sitting in on these types of gatherings is a good way to find out what’s happening in Arvada, even if you are not a business owner.
The Mayor is an accomplished public speaker. His two previous State-of-the-City speeches at Chamber breakfasts have not only been informative, but they have also drawn large crowds. The Chamber is now billing the breakfast as an annual presentation. Some of that popularity may be because of all the new developments taking place in and around Olde Town, and for those planned for the Triangle shopping district at Independence and Ralston Road. Urban renewal is expected to be a primary topic at this meeting.
The cost of the Chamber’s breakfast is $15, and it is well worth it when catered by the Arvada Center, which usually provides an excellent buffet breakfast. But you don’t even have to shell out the 15 bucks if you just want to hear what is being said. It’s free to just come, sit and listen.
I was surprised to see social media comments saying you had to pay $15 to attend what is effectively a public meeting. A number of Facebook comments were usually along the lines of, “Since when do Arvada (tax paying, neighborhood watch/awareness) citizens have TO PAY to attend & hear Arvada’s State of the City address??”
So when I dropped by the Chamber to make a reservation earlier this week (and pay the $15 for the breakfast buffet), I asked about that. “It’s simply not true,” I was told. As they did in previous years, the Chamber will be welcoming anyone who only wants to come and listen to the Mayor’s address without being charged a fee.
However, the breakfast is not free. To help cover their costs, you have to pay to take breakfast with the group. The Chamber representative I talked with also asked that those who are planning to attend without participating in the breakfast to make reservations as well, using the contact information provided on their website. This is so that the Arvada Center can set up enough tables to accommodate everyone who wants to sit in.
The Chamber is also asking everyone who is coming to make a reservation by noon on Wednesday, April 15th.
Here is the link to the Chamber’s solicitation page for the event:
Email promo announcements by the Chamber also say, “Mayor Marc Williams has a big announcement!” Now that’s got my interest.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The CLRC’s coverage of the previous State of the City address can be found at this link:
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.
Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
April 10, 2015