A delegation of elected officials and business people from Raleigh and Wake County paid a visit to Denver last week on a trip sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
The group toured Denver's light rail system and got a firsthand look at the city's downtown area, City Councilman Russ Stephenson told me this afternoon. School board member Debra Goldman and Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley were among the attendees, and Goldman had lots of questions for school leaders in Denver, Stephenson told me.
In describing their recruiting pitch to businesses, Denver officials boast about how the city enjoys 300 days of sun a year, on average. Stephenson said he was impressed, though he wondered if any businesses check the accuracy of that claim.
The Chamber puts together these trips to let Raleigh government and business leaders learn about successful initiatives in other U.S. cities.