We have spent enough time talking about our past. It is time to look to the future.
1. We need jobs. Looking at the latest economic development in Janesville, it is clear that health and bio-sciences will play a pivotal role in our future. Additionally, as the population locally and beyond, continues to age, there will be a continuously growing need for new medical professionals. Medicine will both redefine our community, and provide good paying jobs.
When elected, I will work to bring a medical college to downtown Janesville. To accomplish this, I will work to create a partnership between the State of Wisconsin, and the local healthcare and education providers. Considering the benefits of such partnership, under effective leadership, I am confident that we can have a medical college in downtown Janesville. This facility will bring many people to our downtown on daily basis; graduates to be recruited by local hospitals and medical companies, and it will provide the economic impetus for extensive new development of our downtown.
2. Opening new markets. In the 2012 budget, Janesville City Council designated funds to promote Janesville by sending a city representative to an international trade show, most likely in Brazil. In the increasingly competitive and global market, we need to not only promote advantages of doing business in Janesville; we need to find new customers for Janesville businesses.
When elected, I will work to help Janesville businesses open up new markets in Russia. I want to put both my bilingual ability and cultural heritage to the use of my district by taking a delegation of local business and community leaders to Russia. I will work to create relationships, introduce and build bridges of communication, with the purpose of creating new markets for our local businesses and to promote the advantages of doing business in Janesville.
3. Community Communication. Over the years, many gaps in services provided by the various forms of government were addressed through a loose network of non-profitable and charitable organizations. Greater level of coordination will ensure greater effectiveness and wider reach of valuable services provided. By working together and having a greater awareness of what the other organizations in our community do, our local non-profits will be able to close more gaps, and avoid duplication of services.
When elected, I will bring local non-profits together for a semi-annual summit. Such summits will improve communication and effectiveness of the needed services provided by the non-profit sector in our community. Utilizing my leadership experience of working with many groups, including initiating a joint meeting between Janesville and Beloit City Councils, and being a current president of a local non-profit organization, I expect positive outcomes to come out of greater communication between area organizations. Finally, I expect such summits to produce ideas, which I will take to Madison to be used in future legislation.