You can expect my leadership on economic development to be bold. Third, there is limited money and capital in our neighborhoods available in our retail districts. I will work to change that. I will create a Financial Opportunity Center in the District to bring access to capital and loan products for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs, job training and access to living wage and union jobs, year round financial coaching, credit building and free tax preparation. Working with key partners I will help build capacity, obtain funding and develop and implement strategies so our communities thrive. There is no excuse for the inequity that has been the norm with Boston’s city contracts – I will make sure there’s a significant change to how Boston does business by making sure women and minority owned businesses have real access to city contracts.
Our district should expect economic investment that makes our community more vibrant, while not displacing residents. First, I will make sure that our communities, especially Mattapan, have access to the liquor licenses needed to build sit-down restaurants and become economic anchors for our business districts. Necessary technical assistance must come with these development strategies. For too long Mattapan has gone without sit-down restaurants. Second, as your District 5 Councilor I will demand that we have equally distributed, well secured and run, marijuana shops that are locally owned, and that the community is benefitting from their existence. I will work with you to develop community benefits packages that can provide resources to the communities in which they reside.
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