Please identify what you view as the top three priorities for the city of Covington in the next four years and please be specific about how, if elected, you would take action to address those priorities:
- Economic Development – A healthy mix of businesses is crucial to sustain our local economy and provide diverse employment options for residents. Covington has done well on the industrial front, but we are seriously behind in commercial development. I will press for clear plans and strategies to boost retail business in Covington. We have specifics that need to be addressed, such as utility rates that disproportionately burden commercial businesses. We also have economic demographics to overcome. But, we have to sell to our strengths, while taking deliberate steps to address our weaknesses.
- Increasing Quality of Life Choices – Quality of life means something different to each of us, but the key word is “choices.” To attract young professionals and retain our own young people, we must offer diverse options for making a complete life here. That means more restaurants and shopping; green space, parks, and passive recreation; and walkable streetscapes in live/work/play settings. I will renew the Council’s focus on studies already completed and projects identified for the Highway 278, Pace Street, and Washington Street corridors. I will be proactive in pursuing those visions and plans, doing all I can to end the practice of sitting and waiting for better days to find us.
- Building a Sustainable Future – Yesterday’s accomplishments brought us to today, but they cannot carry us to tomorrow. The council, mayor, and city staff must constantly assess our strengths and weaknesses – leveraging the former and working to address the latter. We must seek out opportunities that address our long-range objectives, while confronting head-on the issues that threaten our overall goals. As a councilmember, I will make strategic thinking and results-orientation essential ingredients in how we run the business of the city.