Thank you to the citizens of Cedar Rapids who have given me the opportunity to be your servant-leader over the last eight years, I am honored and grateful.
I am running for Cedar Rapids City Council again because I love our community. I grew up here. My children and grandchildren live here and I am passionate about continuing to grow Cedar Rapids by addressing these initiatives:
Economic growth and redevelopment: As we have seen recently with the Banjo Block development, economic development projects are hard; it is a delicate balance of loans and grants. So, after the flood of 2008, it was amazing that we reported $3.3 billion in valued building permits, $700 million alone in the last two years. It has been a community wide effort; development projects work for the long-term, and take pressure off property taxes. I will continue our commitment to economic growth and redevelopment that provide local jobs.
Street improvements will continue to be a priority: How many times have you tried to navigate Cedar Rapids this summer and run into construction? You can see progress taking place. We were years behind when we passed the one cent local-option sales tax and it will continue to take years to get caught up. We are in fiscal year 6 of the 10-year street plan. We plan to keep working on our streets until even the core neighborhoods are taken care of.
Flood control: I am dedicated to a funding strategy that completes the flood control system on the west side of the river. With money now committed from the ACOE for the Eastside we can move money to Westside projects and protect both sides of the river as quickly as possible.
Housing initiatives: As chair of the council’s Development Committee, I have been working with the City team to formalize our housing initiatives based upon competitive advantages including affordable and market rate options with a variety of different housing types.
Youth violence: I will continue to work with Council colleagues and community partners to determine “opportunity gaps” by providing programing, economic solutions and necessary community facilities to build capacity across our community to curb youth violence.
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I have the experience and the knowledge from my years on council and committee appointments for the job and am asking for your vote on Nov. 5 to continue our progress and keep Cedar Rapids growing.
Ann Poe is a candidate for Cedar Rapids City Council at-large.
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