INVEST IN BUSINESSES OWNED BY NEW BEDFORDIANS
More than 85% of New Bedford's businesses are small companies with 50 employees or fewer. Our city thrives when they do. As a founder of multiple business and non-profits, I've personally experienced the frustrations of doing business in the SouthCoast. As mayor, I'll invest more city resources in the development of New Bedford’s small businesses. I'll work to simplify permit requirements, eliminate unfair fees and fines and streamline what the city mandates to start a business. As well as, developing partnerships with entrepreneurial development organizations to better equip business owners. It should be a boon to your business to be built in New Bedford, not a burden.
ATTRACT BIG BUSINESSES, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF RESIDENTS
New Bedford has successfully attracted nationally recognized brand such as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Family Dollar. While we must work to attract large businesses, perhaps even their satellite headquarters to our city, and we cannot provide tax breaks without stipulated investments for our neighborhoods and the certainty of jobs for New Bedfordians. To people struggling, that would be a slap in the face. In a city that is as dependent on small and midsize businesses as much as large businesses, we must ensure they pay their fair share to participate in our city.
CREATE AN OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
I'll create an Office of Vocational Training and Employment to ensure New Bedfordians - especially in our most underserved communities - are the best-qualified candidates for existing and emerging roles. As mayor, I'll be relentless in providing every New Bedfordian with the resources and education they need to thrive in this city with meaningful job opportunities.
EMBRACE TECHNOLOGICAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIES
New Bedford has a very romanticized past, but keeping our sights solely on the sea has stifled our economic growth on land. I propose the technology and land become our futures with the development of Silicon Seaport and an Agricultural Council.