Guest Columnists

Prepared to govern on day one

My life and career experiences managing large and complex government organizations has prepared me to step into the mayor’s office prepared to immediately conduct the city’s business.

While economic development will be one of the primary jobs, the mayor must be able to lead our community through catastrophes, maintain the safety and security of the city, and respect the human dignity of all citizens.

This past year, I spent time listening to the concerns of citizens, most talked about issues surrounding flood protection, public safety and streets. I plan to take all these concerns and ideas to the city manager and his team. Working together we can better serve the city and it’s citizens.

I’ll work with the city manager and the business community encouraging start-ups, expanding businesses, and attracting new companies. This includes assisting new businesses in finding tax incentives and other subsidies that make sense and have an equitable payoff when the tax abatements are completed.

There is a need for a workforce that is job ready or apprenticeship training programs for the existing labor force. This requires recruitment and retention. Our colleges and universities can assist by developing recruiting tracks from other states. Colleges can work with the business community to offer employment to retain students in Cedar Rapids.

Service has been the central focus of my life; I hope to serve as the next mayor of Cedar Rapids to provide leadership for the future.

• Gary Hinzman is a candidate for mayor of Cedar Rapids

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING

MORE Guest Columnists ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

The presidential election of 2016 will be scrutinized and analyzed for as long as there are political scientists around to do it. Why? Because the contributing factors were so complicated. The question is: How did it come to pass ...

Most Iowans can agree that people shouldn't have to stay in jail just because they aren't rich. Yet that is the way our bail and bond system sometimes works. Whether you have to stay in jail too often depends on your ability to pa ...

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.