Between whiskeys, Abraham talks jobs
Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham toured around Liberty City Distillery, bottled a couple of Kinsey Whiskey’s and took the opportunity to talk about new jobs and new business in Philly.
On Thursday she also released her full length plan for jobs, proposing to revive key commercial corridors and reform City Hall by creating a one-stop shop for job creation and business expansion in the city.
In her newly released plan, Abraham proposes to appoint a commerce director that would specifically focus on growing new business in the city and attract employers to the city to provide well-paying jobs.
Another listed strategy is to fight to end pay-to-play incentives, working towards a reform campaign finance law to bar councilmen from accepting political donations from developers who are seeking permits or approvals from city agencies.
In terms of neighborhood corridors, she highlighted that some of the best opportunities for growth of small and larger businesses are in neglected and underutilized commercial corridors.
“Some of these corridors — like Girard Avenue — are beginning to show signs of revival. Others are targeted for major renewal, such as current efforts to revive Market East, a crucial connection of urban transit and commercial development that can attract shoppers from all over the city, the region and the world,” Abraham said.She said she would prioritize and support the revival of North Broad Street with incentives for development, including seeking designation of a tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zone in a corridor two blocks east and two blocks west of Broad Street, from City Hall north.
Of course you can’t have job opportunities without education, which comprised her first public in-depth policy paper and, she has stated, is her number one priority. Besides upgrading Philly schools with better funding, Abraham wants to expand job training opportunities and prepare graduates for well-paying jobs in the new economy: science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
An interesting highlight is a strong support for ex-offenders trying to find employment, with new strategies of job training so returning inmates can get a fair opportunity at finding employment.