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Thisyearwex19recelebratingourcityx19s125thanniversary.ThatmakesusoneoColoradox19soldestcommunities.Butitx19sunlikelythatourpioneeringamilieswouldrecognizetheone-stoptowntheyoundedin1887.AsaruralcountyseatBrightonwasaquiettownremovedromthehustleandbustleoDenver.ThencameDenverInternationalAirportandtheE-470Beltway.Suddenlywewerejust20minutesromeverything.Developersturnedarmlandintoresidentialneighborhoods.Newhomeswentupasterthanwecouldcountthem.Newinvestmentdidnx19thappenasastinolderpartsotownbecauseurbanredevelopmentismorecomplexandotenmoreexpensive.Sothecitydecidedtotakecontroloourowndestinyandchangethisdevelopmentpattern.Tenyearsagowebegantowritethenextandbestchapteroourtownx19sstory.In2001theBrightonCityCouncilunanimouslyapprovedthecreationotheBrightonUrbanRenewalAuthorityBURA.InthistheCouncilwasstronglysupportedbytheBrightonEconomicDevelopmentCouncilBrightonChamberoCommerceandtheDowntownBrightonPartnership.Thegoalwastoimplementtoolstospurreinvestmentandredevelopmentinthedowntownandadjacentareas.Andnotjustanyinvestmentbutthethingsweneededx13astrongretailmixaordablehousingnewculturalamenitiesworkorcetrainingandnewjobs.Todaythesetargetedpublicinvestmentshaveattractedmorethan420millioninprivateinvestmentcreatingorretainingover1200jobs.AndnewtaxrevenuesarebeingsharedwithAdamsCountyandtwoschooldistrictstospreadthepublicbeneftsurther.In2011BrightonwasnamedoneoAmericax19s100BestCommunitiesorYoungPeople.Wecanx19timagineabettermeasureooursuccessincreatingatrulysustainablecommunityinpartthroughoururbanrenewaleorts.Becauseintheendthisisnx19taboutrealestatedevelopmentx13itx19saboutlayingtheoundationoranother125yearsintheCityoBrighton.DaveRoseManuelEsquibelChairmanCityManagerBURAExecutiveDirector2MessagefromtheChairmanExecutiveDirectorItx19sunlikelythatourpioneeringfamilieswouldrecognizetheone-stoptowntheyfoundedin1887.2