40 West District a people’s choice

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The 40 West Arts District is one of 10 finalists for the Denver Regional Council of Governments Live Work Play People’s Choice Award.

The program is a biennial one from DRCOG that celebrates places, events and projects that improve and contribute to communities’ long-term success.

The award gives community members a chance to support their favorite project by voting online through Wednesday, April 24.

“We’re really excited about the Live Work Play finalist status for 40 West,” said executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, Bill Marino. “It’s a great initiative through DRCOG that is all about maintaining and protecting the region’s quality of life.”

Some of the other finalists include Lone Tree’s RidgeGate Community, the Colorado Wedding District and Olde Town Arvada.

Steve Erickson, communications and marketing director with DRCOG said that many people don’t realize that DRCOG is heavily involved in regional planning, and helps get local governments together to work on issues facing the area.

“We want to try to make life in these regions as good as can be,” he said. “It’s all part of our Metro Vision.”

The Metro Vision address changes that need to be implemented to accommodate the burgeoning population that is predicted for Colorado. According to Erickson, the population for the Denver metro area is around 2.2 million, but by 2020 it is expected to grow to 3.2 million, and by 2035 it will be close to 4 million people.

Some plans in the Metro Vision plan include protecting open spaces, reducing daily vehicle miles traveled and cutting greenhouse emissions.

“Unless we pay attention to these issues, there will be problems for quality of life,” he said. “These awards are a thank you to the people and businesses that are already working on making their communities a better place to live.”

Marino says the recognition is a result of the work the entire Colfax corridor is doing.

“At 40 West we’re all about celebrating community, arts, and working together to make whole corridor a better place,” he said. “People see the progress with businesses and W Rail, and get excited.”

Winners will be announced at the end of the day on April 24. To vote, visit www.liveowrkplay2013.com.

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