Milestones

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

1999
  • 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.

2000
  • Voters approved the incorporation of the City of Centennial, with 77% of voters in favor.

2001
  • City of Centennial established February 7

  • Randy Pye elected as first Mayor

2002
  • City Council adopts first Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct.

2003
  • Centennial Youth Commission established

  • Centennial Municipal Court established

  • 1% dedicated Sales and Use tax increase approved by the voters

2004
  • Centennial's first Comprehensive Plan adopted

  • Centennial Liquor Licensing Authority was established

2005
  • Centennial ranked 25th Safest City (population over 75,000) in nation by Morgan Quitno Press

2006
  • Southeast Light Rail Line opened

  • Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) formed

2007
  • Election of 21 Home Rule Charter Commissioners

  • Council hires Jacque Wedding-Scott as City Manager

2008
  • 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

  • Greenfield property annexed

  • Voters approve Home Rule Charter.The approved Charter serves as a "constitution" for the City.

2009
  • Election Commission, Audit Committee, Budget Committee and Investment Committee established as required by Home Rule Charter

  • The Streets at SouthGlenn opened

2010
  • Centennial partners with Parker Jordan Metro District to acquire 80 acres of open space along Cherry Creek

  • New Land Development Code adopted

2011
  • Colorado’s first IKEA opened

  • Senior Commission established

  • Groundbreaking of Centennial Center Park

  • Opening of the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space

  • Opening of the Centennial Link Trail

2012
  • 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 Centennial Center Park April 27

  • Acquisition of the Eagle Street Facility

  • Hosted a Welcome Home Celebration at Centennial Center Park recognizing Colorado Olympians including resident Missy Franklin

  • Money Magazine named Centennial 47th Best Place to Live

2013
  • Centennial Center Park wins DRCOG's Live, Work Play People's Choice Award

  • 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

2014
  • Inaugural Centennial 101 Citizen's Academy class offered to residents

  • Centennial Center Park amphitheater enhancements complete

  • Final link to Centennial Link Trail complete

  • Centennial Center Park receives 5280's Best Playground in the "Top of the Town" issue

  • USA Today ranks Centennial #26 in 50 Best Places to Live

  • Money Magazine ranks Centennial #13 of 50 Best Places to Live in America

  • Centennial becomes one of the 32 inaugural partner cities in national broadband initiative 

  • Centennial awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant

  • The Jones District breaks ground

  • City purchases its first Arctic Shark

2015
  • USA Today names Centennial #4 Best Place to Live in America

  • Topgolf opens first Colorado location

  • Centennial Youth Commission initiated Teen Court

2016
  • 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

2017
  • 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

2018
  • Mayor Stephanie Piko takes office

  • Centennial NEXT comprehensive plan approved

  • Centennial's Fiber backbone completed

  • Joined SMART Cities Alliance

2019
  • Centennial Mission, Vision & Values adopted by City Council

  • Centennial implements Xcel Energy's Partner's in Energy

  • Centennial installs two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at City facilities