Grow Economic Opportunity
The foundation of Charlottesville’s prosperity is the success of places like the Downtown Mall, West Main Street and the Corner. But our future also depends on diversifying and attracting innovative industries, drawing young talent who also appreciate bikeable, walkable neighborhoods with great food, music and art destinations.
Opening doors for people who lack high school diplomas, college degrees or high-tech skills presents a different challenge. Growing opportunity for all requires that our public schools have the resources to counteract poverty’s impact. Equity means providing sustained investment in workforce development in fields with a growth track like healthcare and the skilled trades.
What Kathy Will Work For:
- Strategic Investment Area (SIA) Plan
- Restore capital funds to rebuild streets, build new parks and stormwater facilities.
- Partner with the Charlottesville Economic Development Authority (CEDA) to develop more affordable flex-space for a range of businesses and jobs.
- Workforce Satellite Center Downtown
- Create more apprenticeships in the Charlottesville Public Works Department to build sidewalks, modeled on the “Go Rider” Program.
- Blue Ribbon Commission on Schools
- Engage the community in budget conversations with the goal of achieving a sustainable funding solution for our schools in FY 16/17.
- Plugged In Virginia (PIVA) and PIVA for Public Housing
- Evaluate these programs and use the findings to improve our ability , providing mentors and other support networks as needed.
- Workforce Development
- Tie construction apprenticeships for our low income residents to the building and rebuilding of our streets and HUD assisted housing in the SIA with detailed action plans in place by the fall of 2015.
- Workforce Housing Policy and Action Plan
- Advocate for a wider range of rental and purchase housing options as residents in public and assisted housing gain more income and independence.
- Support the City’s Housing Advisory Committee work on this policy.