I’ve lived all over (can’t avoid that being in the Army) and one thing that you encounter in some places is what’s known as the “Freeze-Out”. It’s big in Seattle, especially. It’s where you move somewhere and you just can’t seem to integrate because people aren’t especially welcoming or, if it’s not that, then there’s just not much chance for an “in” for newcomers.
That’s not the case here. My wife and I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science today and then took a walk around City Park, and we met people from all over. People move to Denver because it’s where they want to build their lives. It’s a great city with the most welcoming people I’ve ever known. That’s a big part of why I wanted to come back here when I retired from the Army.
We have to find good ways to meet the challenge of Colorado’s growth. We have 250 people moving here every day. We have to find ways to make sure that there are enough roofs to put over their heads and ways to get them to and from work. That’s why I’m working to increase building and improve our infrastructure. We’re not going to stop growing any time soon. That’s not who we are. We have to just grow smart.