Recruit and retain local businesses; build smart parking solutions to maintain a vibrant downtown; renew our Master Plan.
- We have far too many empty storefronts in Summit Downtown. Recent departures include Penzey’s Spices, Nee Dell’s, the Luggage Center, and more.
- Our Master Plan is more than 5 years out of date and we have spent over $200,000 in taxpayer money on Parking Studies in the past six years.
What we can do together:
- Keep our Downtown vibrant by recruiting and retaining businesses from urban centers and neighboring communities.
- Focus our efforts on renewing our Master Plan instead of the countless costly parking studies.
- Consider how to utilize the Post Office Site when it is vacated by seeking input from residents, businesses, and the community-at-large.
My relevant experience:
- I have worked directly with the former U.S. Undersecretary for Transportation Policy on economic development topics; we focused on exploring different ways to attract different industries and develop jobs for a local government.
- I am conversant in the language and regulations of City Planning. I held Certified Drafter accreditation from 2007-2011 and worked with the City Engineer's office from 2006-2009 on various community projects in Summit.
- I served on the the Mayor-appointed Think Local First Committee for two years, working with small businesses to help strategize different ways to attract shoppers to our downtown.