GREEN MARKETPLACE CHALLENGE
New Haven has an urgent need to create a sustainable economy, build greater environmental resiliency and address issues related to climate change. We will award startup resources and tax incentives to entrepreneurs leading businesses that expand New Haven’s green economy and accelerate and scale up green-collar jobs for residents. Focus areas include clean power, renewable energy, weatherization, energy efficient retrofitting and solar installations.
"HIRE ONE" CAMPAIGN
City Hall must lead the charge in implementing actionable strategies to get New Haveners working. We will model the successful “Hire One” campaign in Atlanta, GA and ask local businesses to commit to hiring at least one New Haven resident within a year of the campaign’s launch. We will host a “Hire One” job fair to match diverse job seekers with employers.
LADDERS TO EMPLOYMENT
We must reimagine the school to prison pipeline that traps too many of the city’s residents in permanent economic hardship. We will launch a "Schools to Jobs Pipeline” initiative as a city partnership with local businesses to train New Haveners for jobs of the future, expand apprenticeship programs and enhance technical high school programs.
LONG WHARF 2020
Long Wharf is one of New Haven’s most underutilized major assets. Thriving coastal cities have invested heavily in their waterfronts, which attract young adults, families and out-of-town visitors. We will push for implementation of an environmentally responsible strategic plan to better utilize the Long Wharf waterfront for commerce and recreation. We will work with partners to generate more international trade in the Port of New Haven, the largest and busiest deep-water port between New York City and Boston.
MAKER SPACES/STARTUP INCUBATOR
To grow the local economy, city government must demonstrate commitment to creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurship. As mayor I will work with local businesses to offer low cost overflow workspaces to tech entrepreneurs to promote growth of the creative economy, innovation and social enterprise. We will seek a private partner to help fund design and operation of a comprehensive startup incubator.
MIDDLE CLASS JOB CREATION
There are limited employment opportunities for skilled professionals in New Haven, which perpetuates the “brain drain” and impedes future economic growth. We will encourage employment organizations like Workforce Alliance and New Haven Works to increase placement opportunities for skilled professionals and support the agencies in those efforts.
MIXED INCOME AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
In a diverse, thriving New Haven, individuals of all income levels will be able to afford to live comfortably. As mayor I will take an active role in increasing the availability of affordable housing. We will plan for housing stock to match housing demand by incentivizing development of more mixed income housing and promoting inclusionary zoning.
NEW HAVEN BUSINESS INNOVATION CONSORTIUM (NHBIC)
To revitalize the city’s economy, improve standards of living and create jobs, we must proactively engage the city’s business community and employers. We will forge a business-led civic agenda designed to make New Haven globally competitive.
As mayor I will establish a Business Innovation Consortium comprised of the Mayor of New Haven, CEOs of New Haven’s largest companies, university presidents, local foundation directors, the Chamber of Commerce, workforce and community economic development organizations and the State Department of Economic Development (modeled after the Itasca Project in Minnesota) to help set this agenda.
NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Vibrant neighborhoods attract young singles, families and retirees relocating from the suburbs; they also help retain more of New Haven’s local college talent. The Harp Administration has significantly neglected neighborhood economic development. Moreover, all major downtown development projects have stalled or failed to get off of the ground.
As mayor I will prioritize economic development on the city’s major corridors, e.g. Grand, Whalley, Dixwell and Howard Avenues, in partnership with community development organizations, local businesses and community schools. We will dedicate staff, dollars and senior-level commitment from the city’s Economic Development Administration to these community projects. Each neighborhood should have businesses and cultural institutions that uniquely reflect its residents.
NEW HAVEN COUNTY INITIATIVE
We can spur growth and achieve savings that can be reinvested into development by partnering more actively with neighboring towns in New Haven County on issues of shared economic interest. Potential areas of partnership include:
Transportation (e.g. renew efforts to achieve a one-hour train to NYC)
Regionalization of utilities aimed at lowering consumer costs