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Dot Miller is the CEO of The Solution, an Association Management Company in Arvada.
Prior to that she was the CEO of PIIAC and before that the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. She also owned Wright Events and Pump It Up. She founded the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance, a nonprofit that helps students become workforce ready, and co-founded the Arvada Vitality Alliance, a nonprofit that raises funds to help support the nonprofits that serve Arvada. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and mathematics.Contact: 303-885-2501, DotMillerforArvada@gmail.comCampaign website: www.DotMillerforArvada.com
Why do you want to serve on council?
I am a business owner in Arvada. I have volunteered on several boards and have been passionately involved in Arvada for a decade. I founded the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance. I co-founded the Arvada Vitality Alliance. I love Arvada. It is a community that has afforded me many opportunities and it is time for me to give back. Over the next two years, Arvada will embark on its strategic plan and I want to be a part of that. I want to make sure that the residents of Arvada are given a voice in its future.
Your top three priorities if elected?
Three of the most important issues facing Arvada are growth and all its associated challenges, attainable housing and homelessness. Because of how many people will be affected, growth jumps to the top of that list. That is why I want to be part of the Strategic Plan that I mentioned above. Now is the time to shape the future of Arvada.
What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?
I would like to bring together the nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless residents with city staff, the county, the police department and all other organizations that help the homeless population to address the needs. I think together this coalition of leaders could find a solution and help get our homeless residents back to work and back in housing. It is likely that the ultimate solution is a combination of more affordable housing, better coordinated support of services and the creation of supportive housing in order to address the needs of the chronically homeless.
Arvada’s city road needs are many. How would you approach the problem?
Because of great budget planning, each year our city has a surplus of funds. This surplus is used for “one-time projects.” When the citizens of Arvada voted down a tax increase to maintain roads in the last election, the city used the “one-time funds” from the surplus to fund infrastructure. I would propose allocating a percentage of our surplus every year to fix our roads.
Do you approve or disapprove of how the city and partners like AURA have handled city redevelopment of late?
I have seen urban renewal used as an incredible benefit to the tax base for the City of Arvada. One-third of our city’s sales tax comes from the first AURA project at 52nd and Wadsworth. In a few years, we will receive $4 million more from another AURA project area. I realize that this can be a contentious issue but, in the end, I support the concept of the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority. Issues have been raised as to how it should be used. I think there should be a healthy open discussion about the processes and the uses of it.
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