Friday, July 31, 2009
Detroit City Council Profiles: Small Businesses Will Bring Back Detroit by Akindele Akinyemi
Recently, I called Ken Harris the silver rights candidate who is running for Detroit City Charter Commission. I called him this because he fully understands how it is critically important to move Detroit into the 21st century through economic empowerment with global education. I have said the same thing about Lisa Howze, Shantel Bell and Darlita Jones, who all three are running for Detroit City Council.
There are MORE candidates who understand that Detroit will never come back until we fully understand that we the people, not the unions, will bring back our community with small businesses and an economy that is diversified. I will discuss these two candidates in these profiles that are leaders in our community.
One such candidate who is running for Detroit City Council is James Tate. James wants to create a renewed interest in local business and products will also revitalize our local economy. One way to bolster this effort is through an earnest "Buy Detroit" campaign. Obviously, this type of promotion would not seek to prohibit residents from purchasing goods or services outside of the city.
In order to do this James will work on increasing enforcement on ordinances that we already have on the books such as ordinances against the blight that is plaguing our community. The structures in our community have been allowed to deteriorate for a number of years and no one is being held accountable. This affects the quality of life for residents and it brings the property value down for everyone around them.
He wants to preserve and improve the city's financial outlook by not charging future generations with increasing debt that is made.
Joan Gist is another candidate who would like to increase small business participation here in the City of Detroit. She wants to review the city's budget to streamline services through automation and online access. Joan wants to take a look at consolidating and reducing in various city departments to save money.
She is pushing to establish a mutually agreed positive image of Detroit with the collaborative efforts of all media (print, radio and television)and the business and neighborhood communities. She has a plan to attract college students and young professionals back into the city through improved public education access, housing and job opportunities.
Joan, who ran for Detroit City Council in 2005 and is the mother of former Miss USA Carole Gist Stramler, have stressed over and over again of how important education is in order to help revitalize our economy. She feels that if we do not get our educational system back on track, we won't be able to attract young families wanting to raise their children or work in this city, let alone attract business to a city with an illiterate rate as high as Detroit's.
The silver rights movement is real and alive globally. Both James Tate and Joan Gist are working hard to make Detroit a global hub of business and technology. We have to move Detroit from an automotive market to a financial market if it wants to compete in the global market.