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Part of our continuing effort to improve the City of Racine for all of our Residents,
When I began my work as Mayor, it seemed to me our city needed a plan. A plan to reverse the downward spirals that were making it difficult to attract business, attract people, and more importantly, provide a source of civic pride in our home town.
When I looked at all the rich resources we were given - our lake and river, our beautiful parks and neighborhoods, and the good people who call Racine home, I believed that we deserved better. So I developed the following plan to stem the rise in crime and unemployment, to attract and retain businesses, and to grow Racine responsibly and in a sustainable way.
I also believed that if together we could work the plan and achieve the goals it proposed, over time, we would re-build a city that celebrated and protected the gifts we had been entrusted with. We could invite and welcome new businesses, tourists, and neighbors with a pride that comes from putting our best foot forward and preparing an environment where people and businesses can thrive.
This is that plan, along with indicators as to where we started, and what’s been accomplished so far. The accomplishments don’t happen in a vacuum – many people worked hard to get these things done, and will have to work as hard or harder to get the remainder of the plan accomplished.
As we all know, curve balls can come from anywhere and set us back, put obstacles in our path, or discourage our spirit along the way. With your help, and the special skills and dedication of the many department heads, and aldermen, and employees, and citizens of Racine, we can keep turning the spirals in the right direction, reminding each of us that Racine is the place to be.
Create Top Ten City in the Country in 10 years by leveraging the strength of our current assets.
In our efforts we must create sustainability and success through a series of wins, big or little we must get back on a winning track.
1. We must leverage our assets
2. Blend in new anchor facilities to draw people
3. Focus our efforts on effect.
4. Expand to private investors and residents outside city and county.
Jobs - Aggressively fighting for.
Housing - Implement new plan for City.
Crime - Take back the City. Control back to citizens and neighbors.
We will build Racine into one of the top 10 cities of its size in America in which to live, work, and prosper. Through a series of small incremental steps of change that creates a greater city and positive view of itself.
Racine will be a city full of dynamic businesses providing family supporting jobs. Racine will draw companies to establish their presence and bring opportunities. Racine will be the city to which the entire Midwest region looks for leadership in the
areas of job opportunities, innovation, entertainment, recreation, and quality of life standards, where our young people choose to settle and raise families in.
As we start this journey to implement the 10 year plan, we are faced with the following statistics:
Job growth %
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
Note: Checkmarks indicate objective has been accomplished or is in process
All developments must maintain Green Build and Public Pathways into development structure.
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