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What’s Great About Greeley: January 2020

With these announcements we are appreciating the good work of our residents, showing support for their efforts, and encouraging everyone to share the word that Greeley is Great.

Top Boomtowns in America - 2019 by SmartAsset
Greeley has been ranked #5 on Smart Asset’s “Top Boomtowns in America 2019” list. The population of Greeley increased by almost 9% from 2014 through 2018, more than double the average population change of all cities in the study. 

Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado by HomeSnacks
Greeley has been ranked the #6 city to raise a family in Colorado by HomeSnacks.  Rankings were determined by looking at crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children.

Field Field of the Year Award: City of Greeley – Butch Butler Baseball 
bulter-baseball-The Greeley Parks Department has been honored with the 2019 Colorado Sports Turf Manager’s Association Field of the Year for the Butch Butler Baseball Complex. The award recognizes the Greeley Parks staff for their outstanding maintenance practices which allowed Butch Butler to maintain its beautiful aesthetics and durability while hosting more than 215 baseball games last year.  2019 was a great milestone year for Butch Butler Field as it celebrated its 50th Birthday and was recognized for the second time as the Colorado Sports Turf Manager’s Association Field of the Year.  The previous award was won in 2004. 

Greeley Creative District: Re-Certification by Colorado Creative Industries
The Greeley Creative District has been re-certified by Colorado Creative Industries, Inc. 
Districts must meet a rigorous set of minimum standards in order to achieve certification including recognition by local government, a high concentration of creative organizations and businesses, sustainable funding sources, paid staff and a strategic plan.  Greeley is one of 26 certified creative districts statewide.


Greeley Museums Silver Certificate: StEPs (Standards and Excellence Program)
steps-museum-awardThe City of Greeley Museums has received a silver certificate in the collections stewardship category of StEPs and has been officially renewed as an approved State repository for archaeological and paleontological collections by History Colorado. Team members met over multiple months to review collections procedures and draft new policies to guide the Museums in their continued efforts to achieve State and national standards. 

Commissioner of the Year: Barbara Kirkmeyer
Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer has been honored with the Commissioner of the Year Award by Colorado Counties, Inc. for her work with the Child Welfare Allocation Committee, initiation of the Families First Preservation Services Act work group, and more.

Wiley Roots & WeldWerks Beer of the Year Survey and More
Congratulations to Wiley Roots and WeldWerks Brewery for making The Colorado Sun’s 2019 annual Beer of the Year survey of the best breweries and beer in the state.  And there’s more…..Wiley Roots’ Raspberry & Rhubarb County Fair Cobbler was also named a Top 10 New Beer of 2019 by The Full Pint and WeldWerks Invitational was listed as one of the 13 Best Beer Festivals of 2019 by Hop Culture. WeldWerks was also named a 10 Best Brewery of 2019 by Hop Culture.  Can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for all of our local craft brewers.


Bonell Good Samaritan: High Performing Long-Term Care Location
U.S. News & World Report has named Bonell Good Samaritan among its high performing long-term care locations.  U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 facilities throughout the country on criteria including nursing staff, health inspections, quality measures and process of care.

University Softball Team: 3A State Champions
Congratulations to the University softball team for winning their very first state championship.  The Bulldogs finished their winning season 26-2 and also earned two All-State first team recognitions for Kyra McFarland and Delaney Wieneke and honorable mention for Andy Padilla.  And, not to be outdone, Coach Rocky Byrd was named as the CHSSA Class 3A Coach of the Year.softball-champs-19-20

$20,000 Instrument Donation to School District 6
Greeley-Evans School District 6 has received more than $20,000 in instruments from the Newport Festivals Foundation who is committed to improving access to music education in public schools.  The instruments were delivered to Chappelow Arts Magnet and the El Teatro Program at Northridge High School.

High Plains Library District Excellence in Financial Reporting
High Plains Library District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Greeley Evans School District 6 Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average
For the second year in a row, Greeley Evans School District 6 has exceeded the state average for the number of students graduating within four years of starting high school.  The 2019 on-time graduation rate for District 6 is 81.7 percent, exceeding the state average of 81.1 percent.  This is a significant increase over the 2017 graduation rate of 78.7 percent.  Congratulations to the students and staff!

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