Here is a copy of the Jeffco All Inclusive Ballot for you to pre-read.
Hi, I’m Jim Whitfield . Born in Denver, I’m a 2nd generation Colorado native. We moved from 26th and Harlan to Arvada in 1965. I attended Lawrence Elementary with Lorraine Anderson’s son Kurt and Elizabeth Chambers. I then went to Arvada Junior High (National Junior Honor Society) and Arvada High School (National Honor Society), class of ’81. I played sousaphone and standing string bass in the Arvada Youth Symphony Orchestra and also was a member of the Colorado 1981 ODP soccer team. My father managed telecommunications service delivery for Mountain Bell in Northern Colorado including the Rocky Flats plant.
I learned to swim at the old North Jeffco pool and ice skate at the old ice arena. I played little league football for Ed Stevens with Mike Downing and little league basketball with Casey Brown and Barry Remington. I learned to play tennis and golf through the programming offered by the North Jeffco Park and Recreation District. In 1969 soccer was introduced to Arvada and I played for Stanley Allison with Tony May from age 6 to age 12. As a teenager I laid sod and mowed parks for the North Jeffco Park and Recreation District while attending college. I attended the same church with Vesta Miller and sang in the youth choir and helped count offering from the first service with my mom. I served on the Denver region youth council of ministries when I was 12 . My mom volunteered to count money and helped with the Bonfils blood drive for over 30 years. She showed us how and why to give back to the community to make it a better place for all.
I then attended the Colorado School of Mines on a soccer/academic scholarship and graduated in 4 years in 1985 with a degree in Engineering Mathematics and a minor in Geophysics. I earned my Master’s of Science in Geophysics (specializing in AVO and the Zeoppritz equation) at the University of Houston in 1993 while working full time at British Petroleum (BP). My thesis is in the library of Congress if you would like to read it. In 1994 I was a mid-fielder on the Houston Rangers Amateur soccer team that played in both the US amateur and US Open Soccer championships. I moved my family back in 2001 to help run the family business. Last year I played on the Denver Kickers Masters soccer team that earned the first Colorado O40 state championship trophy.
I have a wonderful and supporting wife and two boys (now young men) that are or will be attending college in the fall of 2016.
So as an elected official. I can only hope the integrity of my background will help convince you to vote yes on A (www.yesonapex.org
Here is a link to detailed presentation of the projects that will be completed if Ballot Issue A passes:Apex-2016-ballot-issue-A-projects
These projects were presented to Arvada City Council on February 5th. Here is a link to the video presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixodsS5kJuQ
We would greatly appreciate your YES vote on this issue.
Given the restrictions this is as close as we can get to simply asking if APEX can renew or extend the bond(s) that built the Apex Center.
We have kicked off the election campaign. Here is the two page brochure reviewing the projects: Apex-PRD-2016-Projects The Apex Renewal for All “ARFA” campaign committee is seeking donations to help cover the costs of yard signs and other election material required for a winning effort. This election is a renewal of the bonds that built the Apex Recreation Center. There is no increase.
These projects will touch the lives of millions of people. From the very young in age to the very young at heart.
Please contact me if you would like to contribute monetarily or by effort to help us this Spring.
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Jim Whitfield – Apex Board Member and ARFA campaign committee member
It was a great team effort. Some have been working to see Urban Renewal (URA) Tax Incentive Finance (TIF) for nearly two decades. I was only a bit player for about two of them. County, School, and Special District Government were able to craft legislation that was approved by a split Colorado Congress and ultimately signed into law last Friday by Governor Hickenlooper. More …..
Here are some renderings of the future Ward Street station. More about this station can be obtained from Scott Brink:
Please reference the link below to access the entry form for the 1st Annual Arvada Food Bank Golf Fundraiser.
This bi-partisan supported bill offers County, School District, and Special District government some representation on Urban Renewal Projects when their tax revenues are potentially affected. I support this legislation and encourage you to contact your state representatives to support it as well.
Colorado House Bill 15-1348.01
Jim Whitfield Secretary – Colorado SDA (www.sdaco.org)