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