Kim Stuart, City of Aurora

Kim Stuart has served as the Communications & Marketing Director for the city of Aurora for more than 30 years. Her department's initiatives include Access Aurora, AuroraTV, & The Aurora Eats Guide, which features nearly 300 authentic, specialty restaurants representing countries on almost every continent.

Aaron Vega, The People's Building

A burgeoning community arts scene is emerging on historic Colfax avenue in Aurora. The People's Building offers a space where artists of all disciplines can explore, educate, & perform. Similarly, The Colfax Canvas Mural Festival adds world-class art to the heart of Aurora's Arts District, giving voice to the artists of our diverse community. At the helm of these institutions is Aaron Vega, a talented artist in his own right.

Fendi Despres, Plains Conservation Center

One of the gems of Aurora is The Plains Conservation Center, a nature preserve & educational space that showcases pioneer and indigenous life from the late 1800s. It encompasses over 1100 acres of short grass prairie with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Biologist & Natural Resource Specialist, Fendi Despres, explains why this ecosystem is so vital.

Joel Boyd, Town Center at Aurora

At over one million square feet of retail & entertainment space, Town Center at Aurora is a cornerstone in the heart of Aurora. This fully enclosed regional shopping destination, home to over 130 stores and eateries, is leaving behind the notion of the traditional mall & transforming into a vital community space.

Rick Crandall, Colorado Freedom Memorial

Air Force Veteran & 30-year local radio fixture Rick Crandall is the founder of The Colorado Freedom Memorial, the first memorial of its kind in the US. Through perseverance & a strong connection to the community, Rick has created a Memorial that honors the fallen from Colorado while enriching future generations with a forthcoming education center.

Midori Clark, Aurora Public Library

Along with heading Aurora's cultural services department, Midori Clark is the first Asian-American woman to lead a major public library, overseeing seven branches, 272,000 cardholders, and 1.1 million checkouts a year. Aurora Public Library is the city’s premier public learning institution, innovating the way libraries serve the community.

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