Today at 10:00, Greg Fischer is releasing his “plan” for Louisville. So Hal Heiner is also discussing his plans for the city. He’s pretty specific, without using flowery corporate speak.
Here’s how he opens his plan:
When sitting down with my family last fall to decide if running for Mayor of Louisville was in fact the best thing for us, I had to confront the tough questions. Was I ready to lead? Did I have the ideas to alter the way Metro Hall operates? Is Louisville ready for fundamental change that will grow jobs, improve neighborhoods, work to dramatically improve our schools, keep spending in check, and make government work more efficiently and effectively?
I’ve never done anything without putting forth all my energy and resources, but the task still seemed daunting. Yet, the more I thought about it and talked to people from every corner of Louisville, the more excited I became. Louisville is ready for a new direction. Our metro Government and its attitude toward its daily business has been the same for a generation, and the people of Louisville see that and are ready for an improvement.
Throughout the campaign, I’ve laid out a detailed vision of where my administration will take our city. Through this booklet, I’m proud to expand upon my plans for job creation, safe and secure neighborhoods and open accountable government by including ideas for education, fiscal responsibility, transportation and infrastructure, energy and the environment.
I want this list of ideas to not only let the voters know how we are going to move Louisville forward, but also to serve as a means of holding us accountable to what we say we are going to do.
Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) to review Heiner’s plans.
Here are ten points Heiner includes in his document:
- Have the East End Bridge Under Construction: We still know if the two-bridge project is going to be affordable. What we do know is that it’s time to move forward with the jobs and transportation improvements the East End Bridge will create. Let’s get it started.
- Establish Louisville as an Alternative Energy Research Center: We can build on the momentum of a $20 million dollar gift to the University of Louisville to bring talent and research and development resources to the city.
- Complete the Southwest Library: During the Library Tax debate, I didn’t say “no” to libraries. I just said “no” to new taxes. We can build libraries by responsibly investing and the Southwest Library will be completed by the end of my first term.
- Spending Accountability for Metro Budgets: For too long, the belt tightening that occurs when things are tight gets loose when revenue starts pouring back in. Time to keep a fiscally responsible policy in place and save to create jobs and pay down debt.
- Bring Metro Government into the 21st Century: By instituting performance measurements and innovative management techniques, Metro government can deliver services more effectively and efficiently.
- Get Our Education System Back on Track: Louisville can’t be a center for job creation if our school system continues to fail our children. As Mayor, I will work tirelessly to advocate for turning around our schools and improving opportunities for each child to learn.
- Build an Urban Coalition: For too long, Louisville and other urban areas in Kentucky have gotten the short end of the stick from Frankfort. An urban coalition can work together to make sure our cities are getting the investments they need to prosper.
- Traffic Light Synchronization: My work on the council has gotten us started on this but we have much more to do. We can save time and gas for the community by making the project a priority.
- Tackle Abandoned Properties: Blighted houses are incubators for crime and neighborhood decay. Putting into place a comprehensive approach to the problem will put us on the path of building more safe and secure neighborhoods throughout the community.
- Growing Jobs in Louisville: What does it all add up to? A place where businesses want to locate and small business owners want to grow. A customer-service friendly culture in Metro Government can be a partner in creating an environment for jobs and investment. That culture will be a hallmark of my administration.
We’ll link to Fischer’s plan once it’s public.