Milestones

A milestone is a way to observe, measure and monitor progress or performance over time. Each milestone below marks a specific critical decision, event or project in the City’s history.

Note: We've also received many honors and awards. View a list of accolades.

arrow with 1998
  • Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination founded
  • Petition filed with District Court for election regarding incorporation - 2,500 signatures collected in 6 hours
  • District Court rules petition invalid
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  • District Court found the Centennial Petition to be valid and to take priority over competing annexation proposals and ordered an election on whether Centennial should be incorporated.
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  • Voters approved the incorporation of the City of Centennial, with 77% of voters in favor.
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  • City of Centennial established February 7
  • Randy Pye elected as first Mayor
  • Centennial voters approved a permanent TABOR waiver of sales taxes, property taxes and use taxes and a four-year waiver for all other revenues
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  • City Council adopts first Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct.
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  • Centennial Youth Commission established
  • Centennial Municipal Court established
  • Liquor Licensing Authority established
  • 1% dedicated Sales and Use tax increase approved by the voters
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  • Centennial's first Comprehensive Plan adopted
  • Centennial dedicates it's first Open Space: eastern section of Bow Tie Park
  • Entered agreement with City of Aurora for Municipal Court Software
  • Renewed contract for additional 3-years with Arapahoe County for Public Works, Law Enforcement and Animal Control services.
  • Broncos Parkway opens giving commuters an east/west alternative to Arapahoe Road
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  • Started hosting "Pye and Coffee" sessions so residents could meet one-on-one with Mayor Pye
  • Local Rotary Club hosted first Centennial "State of Our City" event
  • City Council approves ordinance regulating adult businesses
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  • Election of 21 Home Rule Charter Commissioners
  • Council hires Jacque Wedding-Scott as City Manager
  • Implemented a 10-month participatory visioning process: Our Voice, Our Vision, Centennial 2030
  • Citizens approved TABOR exemption allowing the City to keep revenues from fees and fines above the TABOR cap
  • New Southeast Light Rail line opened at the Dry Creek Station in Centennial
  • Redesigned the City's website to focus on services to the community
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  • City purchased property at 13133 E. Arapahoe Rd. for new Civic Center and park
  • City approved master plan for Parks, Trails, Recreation and Open Space
  • Voters approve Home Rule Charter. The approved Charter serves as a "constitution" for the City.
  • Hosted the first 'Best of Centennial' Business Awards event
  • CH2M Hill (now Jacobs) contracted to provide Public Works services
  • The new Public Works contract brought about a new Call Center operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • City Council brought the Planning & Development functions into the City government after seven years of using a private contractor
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  • Colorado’s first IKEA opened in Centennial
  • Senior Commission established to advise City Council on matters important to Older Americans
  • Groundbreaking of Centennial Center Park Opening of the Parker Jordan Centennial
  • Open Space Opening of the Centennial Link Trail
  • Launched the Home Improvement Program (HIP) to help with the process and expenses related to home improvement and remodeling
  • Completed the City's first-ever roundabout at E. Peakview Avenue and S. Peoria Street
  • Completed construction of 18 miles of new on-street bike lanes as part of a city-wide bike network connection project
  • Purchased 44 acres of land from the United States Postal Service  at Potomac and Fremont
  • Completed the Transportation Master Plan with a list options to improve mobility throughout the City
  • A fresh and newly designed website was launched in December 2011
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  • TABOR Ballot Measure 2D passed allowing the City to retain and spend City revenues from any and all current and existing funding sources
  • Grand Opening of first City-owned park, Centennial Center Park (April 27)
  • Acquisition of the Eagle Street Facility for the City's future Public Works facility
  • Hosted a Welcome Home Celebration at Centennial Center Park recognizing Colorado Olympians including resident Missy Franklin
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  • Ballot Measure 2G passed to restore the City’s right and ability to leverage existing fiber optic infrastructure
  • Eagle Street Facility officially opens to house Centennial Public Works, Animal Services, Code Compliance and the 24/7 Citizen Response Center
  • The City reevaluated the snow-route network, created efficiency savings and added an additional 93 miles of streets so all citizens are within 1/8 mile or less of a plowed street
  • Implemented 'Snow Hero' program to encourage people to clear snow and ice
  • City Council extended Public Works contract with  CH2M Hill (now Jacobs) into 2018
  • Created new program, 'Picture Centennial,' to feature work from local artists in the Civic Center Building
  • Enhanced Centennial Center Park including adding a cover to the existing stage in the amphitheater
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  • Inaugural Centennial 101 Citizen's Academy class offered to residents
  • Final link to Centennial Link Trail complete
  • Centennial becomes one of the 32 inaugural partner cities in national broadband initiative
  • Centennial awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant
  • The Jones District redevelopment project breaks ground
  • City purchases its first Arctic Shark to assist with ice removal
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  • Topgolf opens first Colorado location in Centennial
  • Centennial Youth Commission initiated Teen Court
  • Implemented 'Rapid Review Thursdays' as way to complete a variety of over the counter/same day permits
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  • Initiated the Go Centennial pilot program to provide commuters free rides to and from Dry Creek Light Rail Station
  • Centennial joins Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative to tackle urban mobility challenges
  • Fiber Master Plan adopted
  • Arapahoe Road – Waco to Himalaya Widening Project Completed
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  • The American Public Works Association recognizes Centennial’s Public Works Department as the first public-private partnership public works agency in the U.S.
  • Established FiberWorks and the Fiber Commission
  • Centennial is a founding member of the 'Colorado Smart Cities Alliance' aimed at making Colorado a leader in the development of intelligence
  • Centennial Trails and Recreation Plan updated
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  • Centennial Mission, Vision & Values adopted by City Council
  • Centennial implements Xcel Energy's Partner's in Energy's Energy Action Plan
  • Centennial installs two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at City facilities
  • Redesigned the City's website to focus on improved search and an enhanced user experience
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  • Centennial City Building forced to close for the first time due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • City Council meetings conducted virtually for the first time
  • Centennial implemented a new Wheels & Reels movie event series
  • Centennial and Unite Private Networks Sign Fiber Agreement
  • The first ever trail spanning the entire City from east to west completed and residents voted to name it the 'Centennial Link Trail'