In this week’s #AbbieForMayor #CoffeeClub, I chat about my best quality as a leader and the first items I will address as Mayor.
As far as my best quality, I believe it’s my ability to listen and convert what I'm hearing into action. Some people listen all day long, years even, with no action. If you aren't listening to opportunities to move forward together, then you're not leading, you're just taking up space at the table. I have a track record of bringing people together and letting them do their jobs. I am not a police officer or a firefighter, or a transportation expert, but by bringing more knowledgeable people to the table, we can figure out any problem our city faces, together.
As Mayor of Kokomo, I will immediately launch three initiatives.
- I will hire more Public Safety Personnel. We need them. They are the foundation to my much broader public safety plan that includes connecting our first responders to community resources to take a big picture view of creating a safe community in Kokomo.
- I will launch a Work Based Learning Task Force. We are behind, and we need to start now. In the next 2-3 years, half of our workforce will be eligible to retire. If we aren’t strategic and aggressive in our efforts to connect people with job training to get the skills e to work the jobs available today, we will have a much steeper hill to climb when we have to pivot to filling the jobs of tomorrow.
- I will commission a baseline road report with goals for the next 4 years with quarterly benchmarks. The citizens of Kokomo need the roads we drive every day to work for us. We need to use a straightforward pavement management system to ensure that our roads and streets are repaired before they deteriorate.
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Abbie Smith for Mayor
Abbie Smith for Mayor - PO Box 2881, Kokomo, IN 46904, United States
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