We are where we are, and to come up with a legitimate solution, we have to respect the current state of affairs within parts of District 18… a difficult situation (and declining for decades under our current Congresswoman): Failing schools that continue to get worse, single mothers who see little chance of breaking the status quo, Section 8 housing with no proximity to education outlets or job training opportunities.
We have to come together to solve this problem. There is no silver bullet. We have to properly direct resources, shift priorities to give people a chance, and together connect those in this district who desperately need it with skills to set them on a path to financial independence.
That means many things:
- Improve our schools through better resource management
- Skilled and properly paid teachers, encouraging family events/participation/growth to help reunite our communities
- Give ownership of results to all of us to help keep us on a constant path of improvement.
Jobs and Skills Training
A 4-year college degree works for some but isn’t needed or desired by many. For those choosing this path, job/skills training opportunities MUST be in a place that MATCHES THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS IN THIS DISTRICT. Otherwise, why would an employer come? Is no one skilled to do the jobs they need? Really? Champion 2020 believes otherwise.
We need to ensure we partner with outlets already in place and connect the class with the community. Put resources in place to enable those without to benefit from what we already have here, and what we develop in the future.
We need to understand that the skill-sets required by today’s employer/workforce doesn’t match vocational training we had in place decades ago. Programs need to be relevant, realistic, and responsive to the needs of employers and a pathway to a career.
Opportunity Zones are real and cover most of District 18. You probably never heard of these, since President Trump and his administration created them… and the current representatives want to do nothing to even slightly validate his administration.
But the fact of the matter is that District 18 is missing out on every sort of economic improvement imaginable because Congresswoman Lee refuses to take advantage of programs that are already in place… to help you… to help us… and bring us all together.
Opportunity Zones were designed to spur local economic development and thereby job creation in distressed communities by encouraging employers to invest in the community with:
- PRIVATE dollars instead of TAXPAYER funds
- Renovated properties
- Overhauled infrastructure(s).
Endless possibilities of what you can do with this… but has anyone heard about it? Seen any of the money? I’m here to change that. For the first time, large portions of District 18 have a chance at overhaul that will last.