Bringing a practical approach to city

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Cedar Rapids has made significant progress and it will take experienced, trusted and forward-looking leadership to ensure it continues and everyone is included in the success.

I’m running for City Council at-large to apply my unique mix of private and public leadership and ability to get things done to capitalize on our opportunities and meet our challenges.

Cedar Rapids should do the basics well. We must continue to push road improvement and focus on other pressing infrastructure needs like river and stormwater flood protection. The city’s No. 1 job should be to provide a strong base on which people can build their lives and job growth can flourish.

I served in the Iowa Legislature for eight years, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for flood recovery and protection. That effort succeeded by bringing diverse views and a strong dose of practical problem solving together. I’ll bring that same practical approach to identifying local funds to match the state, and get construction kicked into gear because it’s clear the federal government won’t provide near-term funding.

My experience leading a west-side construction and renewable energy business prepares me for the large role the city plays setting the stage for job growth. More jobs are following people. Affordable housing, a data-driven and collaborative approach to public safety, investment in spaces that bring us together and entrepreneurship are just as important as business recruitment.

My goal is simple: make Cedar Rapids an inclusive community where people want to live, work and start/grow businesses.

• Tyler Olson is a candidate for Cedar Rapids City Council, At-Large

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