JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
Representing the most economically depressed part of Minneapolis, Don sees the impact of a stalled local economy each and every day. He understands that the best way to prevent crime, improve communities, and raise the standard of living, is for everyone to be able to have a good job that can support their family.
We must commit to making sure we give every person an opportunity to be self-sufficient and dignified in the work they do. Don will prioritize coordinating with our Workforce Centers to ensure that training opportunities are aligned with the needs of our city’s businesses.
We must also make a commitment to attracting more businesses to Minneapolis. Don will encourage public-private partnerships, seek regional economic cooperation, and ensure the city gets its fair share of business development funding from state and federal sources. With an ongoing commitment quality education, safe neighborhoods, and healthy commercial corridors, while reducing unneccesary regulations, Don will help make Minneapolis an even more attractive place to start or relocate a business. Read more here...
Don is committed to seeing Minneapolis implement a fully multi-modal transportation system that developers, investors and businesses can count on for generations to come. One of those commitments will be to help make street cars a reality in Minneapolis, in addition to supporting the expanding Light Rail Transit system and Bus Rapid Transit. If we make commitments to lay down permanent economic and transit corridors, we will see growing economic activity along those corridors. We know this works. This will allow for more efficient use of our current bus system, to connect neighborhoods with the transit lines, and to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the community. Don will help lead this effort to connect people across the city with centers of economic opportunity.
Minneapolis has taken several steps to make our city more environmentally friendly. Requiring reporting of energy use for commercial buildings and implementing single sort recycling are great examples of that. But we must do more.
Currently, we don’t have a comprehensive strategy of how we prioritize spaces we rent or purchase for city workers to serve the public. We must prioritize potential rental and/or purchase spaces that are LEED certified, or have significant energy efficiency advancements. Don will also look to expand gap financing for additional green homes.
Long before being elected to the City Council, Don’s focus has been on keeping drug dealers off our street corners, guns out of the hands of our kids and taking personal responsibility for our neighborhoods. Since being elected and serving as the Chair of the Public Safety committee, Don has worked closely with Mayor Rybak, Former Police Chief Dolan, and current Chief Harteau to help drive crime down to historic lows. Great progress has been made, but we must do more.
Just as important as it is for people to feel safe in their neighborhood, they must also know that they can travel downtown to enjoy Minneapolis’ wonderful restaurants and entertainment without the threat of violence or other criminal activity. Don knows that in order to keep our small businesses growing, the city must be dedicated to ensuring the safety of customers and tourists alike.
As Mayor, Don will remain a staunch advocate for gun violence prevention and against the NRA. Mayor Rybak has been a great advocate for sensible gun laws, and Don will continue to carry that torch as mayor. Having made his home in a neighborhood where the sound of gunshots was common, and working both in and out of the council to address crime in the community, Don is uniquely positioned to succeed Mayor Rybak as a leader within the national organization, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns. Read more here...
How well we educate the next generation in Minneapolis will determine the future success of our great city. There’s no other candidate in this race who has a more intimate connection to education than Don. As the founder of an organization that has since become the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Don has shown an enduring commitment to making sure EVERY child has the chance to succeed. He also started the Hope Collaborative, which brought in principals from high-performing, low-income schools across the country to share their formula for success. We know what works to close the achievement gap, we just need a leader with the courage to see it through.
As Mayor, Don will lead a city-wide conversation about how to change the trajectory of education in our city, provide the political space for our education leaders to make tough decisions in the best interest of our kids and publicly hold everyone accountable – starting with himself. Read more here...