Many members of our community struggle to make ends meet. Having a stable job and income is something that can be difficult, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic. Creating economic prosperity is vital to ensuring a good future for our city. We need to create good-paying jobs that will provide for workers for years to come. To do this requires an investment in people - training programs, apprenticeships, and expanding small-business resources.
To help members of our community prosper, I promise to promote economic growth and to help foster opportunities for citizens to achieve economic security. Some of the measures I support include:
Working with businesses in Ward 9 to create apprenticeship and job training programs
Expanding the Minneapolis Works and WIOA programs to help connect residents to organizations that can help with job training and preparation
Ensuring that the existing programs are being fully utilized by expanding resident awareness of Minneapolis programs meant to promote small-business growth
Connecting formerly incarcerated workers to economic opportunities. Having worked to “ban the box” in the past, I understand that formerly incarcerated individuals face many challenges when re-entering the workforce. Connecting them to economic opportunities is key to ensuring that they are given a second chance
Working to rebuild and reopen 38th Street by uniting with community leaders, neighborhood associations, local business owners, and the city while at the same time finding a way to continue to memorialize the life of our brother George Floyd
These are just starting points. Creating new, innovative ways for the residents of Ward 9 to prosper and grow. As your city councilman, I promise to always fight for the residents of Ward 9 to have access to the resources they need to connect them to well-paying, steady jobs that can provide for them and their families.