Mayor Federico Peña
Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2001
Mayor, City & County of Denver (1983-1991)
Federico Peña was Mayor of the City of Denver in the pivotal years of 1983 to 1991, a time when the city’s tourism industry experienced unparalleled growth. During Mayor Peña’s administration, Denver’s tourism industry saw the building and opening of the Colorado Convention Center, the approval and construction of Denver International Airport (DEN), the approval of Coors Field and the revitalization of downtown Denver. When it opened in 1990, the Colorado Convention Center tripled the size of Denver’s convention facilities. At the time, it was the tenth largest convention facility in America. Denver International Airport was the first major international airport constructed in the United States since Dallas-Fort Worth in 1974. DEN has become an unqualified success and was recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top five airports in America.
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