Bob Fifer, candidate for Arvada City Council At-Large

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Profession: Management

Neighborhood: Valley at Rainbow Ridge

Contact: bobfifer.com and bob@bobfifer.com

Why are you seeking this office?

Our community has completely changed over the last 4 years, demographics, growth and traffic have all risen, and we need to adapt to those changes. I am seeking re-election because I truly care about where and how our community will grow and evolve in the future. I want to make sure the unique character of our city remains intact while thoughtfully managing its growth. I want my family, my neighbors and my community to be proud of Arvada.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have 25 years of leadership experience in the telecom, IT and transportation industries. I have led engineering, operations, vendor and product management Team, as well business development and contracts negotiation from small to global companies. I have demonstrated my passionate by being the solution to our problems, even going as far as changing my career to address traffic congestion.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

I want to continue focusing on Arvada’s future, by elevating the importance of affordable housing, from senior housing and to those just returning from college. I want to focus on continuing our road maintenance while improving the traffic flow through our city. I want to ensure that all members of our community are at the table when discussing matters that impact their quality of life, fostering an inclusive community.

Section 8 funding has not kept pace with demand in Arvada, should other resources be used to create more affordable housing? What, and why?

I am supportive of find innovated solutions and partnerships with both the non-profit and private sectors for housing. I believe this issue is solved best with partnerships and discussions on what it would take to achieve our desired outcome. I don’t know if there is one solution that solves it all, but a combination of housing and transportation options with good local jobs.

Are there still blighted areas in Arvada in need of attention from the Urban Renewal Authority? Why, or why not, does the city need these renewal efforts?

I believe there are areas that need some help, not necessarily “blighted”. I believe that Urban Renewal will not be needed as it is today, it may need to reimage itself. The City and our Economic Development Teams have done a fantastic job on achieving goals that City Council has set. I believe the City Teams can also achieve improvement of these areas through normal means like Code Enforcement or Grant programs to improve the property.

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