Engaging and Cooperating with Business
If we are to revitalize retail and ensure that our local economy grows, it is critical that we engage and cooperate with our business community. As mayor, I am committed to building and maintaining a dialogue between our local businesses and city officials, improving our permitting process, streamlining inspections, and soliciting and growing new businesses. Only then can we begin to create a more nurturing environment to attract and retain businesses.
A Responsive City Government
Our city government must improve its efficiency and responsiveness to its citizens' needs and concerns. We will improve communications, and implement systems that enable more online engagement and allow for greater transparency in government. If elected mayor, you have my promise that your voices will be heard not just on November 7, but every day after the election.
Strengthening our Sense of Community
A city’s sense of community begins at the top. I believe that a mayor should initiate and encourage citizen involvement. Whether it involves creating boards and commissions that focus on issues such as beautification, technology or our seniors, or meeting with and engaging our schools’ student council leaders, I believe that everyone in Solon should have the opportunity to have their voices heard.
Developing a Long-Term Vision for Our City
It has been customary for the bureaucrats who have been running the city in the last few years to wait for developers to present ideas that could affect our downtown area. Instead we must be proactive. We need to craft, as a community, what the vision of our downtown should be and then solicit developers and citizens to help us achieve that. Doing so gives Solon the opportunity to be unique and have its own identity as a 21st century city, without trying to copy what others nearby are doing. This will insure that Solon will continue to remain one of the best cities in Cuyahoga County to call home.