FREDERICK as WEEKEND DESTINATION. WHAT TYPES OF INVESTMENTS SHOULD CITY MAKE TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES AND SKILLED WORKERS to RELOCATE PERMANENTLY? INTERNAL PROCESSES to BECOME MORE ATTRACTIVE TO PROSPECTIVE BUSINESSES / RESIDENTS?
Without repeating my response in #7: We will think big, but not ignore the small stuff. There is a lot of low-hanging fruit with empty buildings, opportunities for North End development with parking that could bring a grocery store and in-fill development and really fighting blight.
Know What We Have – Make sure the data in the Department of Economic Development is current; Understand who is here and their growth prospects; Identify their labor force needs; Link workers to industry and follow up to make sure the workers fit the job.
Modernize City Operations – Use technology to help ease permits, licensing and bill payment.
Address Tax Policy – City/County Tax Differential; Business Personal Property Tax (accelerate elimination); Measure what we do in government to make services a good value for taxpayers.
Manage the Entire City – So many issues in campaigns are focused on the Downtown, which is the core of our City. It was important when I served before to create a Dept. of Economic Development to look at the whole City. The Golden Mile, East Side Development and northern sites (State Farm) need attention. If we want to grow businesses that match our community, we will work at it, so I will invest more in the department and be willing to use legislation to recruit businesses that grow jobs.