Major Mayor Performance in Centennial, CO

Don’t ever say Centennial is afraid to unbutton its collar.

It was less than 10 minutes into Mayor Cathy Noon’s State of Our City address last week that a flash mob gave civic stasis a run for its money.

“Our theme this year is great performances and I think you will find we were pretty committed and found time to lighten up,” Noon said before a half dozen dancers burst into the sounds of Imagine Dragon’s “On Top of the World.”

The group’s cue had been a quote from “innovation” specialist Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci:

“Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.”

BoulderFlashMob dancers spruced up this civic event in Centennial, CO.

“I think Centennial certainly feels we are on top of the world,” Noon said as the Boulder Flash Mob yielded the floor back to the mayor.

Performance, in every sense, and its accompanying innovation were recurring themes as the mayor gave Centennial’s 11th annual State of Our City address April 16 at Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Tech Center.

Noon’s yearly summary went from the most literal of performances in Centennial Center Park to Centennial being the smallest of 12 cities – along with Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles and Jerusalem – to be awarded an “innovation” grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Along the way, Centennial figured on USA Today’s list of the 50 best places to live while Center Park made 5280’s Top of the Town. Governing magazine called Centennial the most Internet-connected larger city.

“If you ask me, these are some pretty great performances in our city,” the mayor said.

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