First Elected: November 2015
My largest focus over the next 4-years will be the Economic Development of our City. Economic Development is needed to sustain us long-term. I see this as a 3-part process.
Step 1 – will focus on immediate growth so that we do not become stagnant. This growth can happen in many ways. The biggest thing is showing outside investors that we are willing to invest in ourselves and not allowing our community to just stall, while we wait and hope that someone else will come in to save us.
Step 2 – will be creating a team of people focused on Economic Development that can help me with recruiting outside the City. Using suggestions from the IEDC report, Chamber of Commerce and business development entities we have wonderful options to create this team right here.
With minimal undeveloped parcels of land left in King County, we can be a desirable destination for business growth. We just need the decision makers to know that we exist!
Step 3 – is my final step in the process and involves Community engagement. Residents need to understand they are needed. Every spending decision made can and does affect our city budget. If we encourage residents to shop local as much as possible, encourage businesses they would like to see in town and attend local events Together We Can work to become more sustainable.
My next focus is Traffic….what a terrible word and it makes most of us hit our head against the steering wheel every day.
In talking to our State Representatives, the only way to get Transportation dollars here is to be the squeaky wheel. I told Jay Rodne, Paul Graves, and Mark Mullet, I have no problem being squeaky. They promised to fight for us and do what they can.
The answer NO does not scare me. It just means I need to continue to work hard until Olympia says YES. I will keep pushing Olympia to remember that Maple Valley does exist and that we do need to have our roads expanded. I was told one of the reasons the highways in the Issaquah interchanges were addressed is because their citizens were louder. I guess it is time for Maple Valley residents to get loud and realize that Together We Can get our traffic situation remedied.
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