Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Phoenix City Councilman BILL GATES - Video: Big Plans for 2013


Big Plans for the New Year

http://gatesforphoenix.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=9aac2ee42b7ca899b2b8709d3&id=95d6b76b86&e=4490a0bbc0As 2013 begins, it is time to reflect on our accomplishments and set goals for what still needs to be done to make Phoenix the best it can be. The number one responsibility we all have on the City Council is maintaining public safety and that will continue to be a top priority in 2013. Additionally, I have identified four areas that I believe can have the greatest positive impact on the quality of life for the residents of Phoenix: Revitalization; Technology Advancement; Economic Development; and Phoenix Mountain Preserve.

As our economy improves, vacant lots and retail centers offer great opportunities for revitalization in our community. These underused spaces can be put to great temporary use and transformed into pedestrian friendly areas that will support the growth of local businesses. At the moment, in District 3 alone, we have revitalization efforts occurring along North 32nd Street, Hatcher Road, and in the North Mountain Business Alliance. Additionally, a Revitalization District has been designated from Dunlap to Thunderbird and from 19th Avenue to 35th Avenue. I will work with colleagues to support and create entities that foster strategic development around the City.

Investing in smart technology is one of the most important things we as a city can do to become even more efficient and protect the taxpayer by reaching our goal of $100 million in efficiency savings by 2015. In the era of the smart phone and tablet, customer service should also adapt to be as user friendly as possible. The City has an app, MYPHX, that allows residents to report blight and illegal signs, among other things, and we can take that to the next level. What if you could upload your driver’s license and library card to your smart phone and carry less plastic?

I also want to focus on economic development and capitalize on recent tax laws passed in California by inviting businesses to relocate to our city to enjoy our great weather and friendlier tax structure. I will work with our city’s Economic Development Department and Mayor Stanton to identify and reach out to corporations and entrepreneurs to encourage them to relocate to Phoenix.

Finally, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve is one of the city’s points of pride. It provides opportunities for hiking and biking for residents and is a draw for tourists who want to experience our unique desert lifestyle. I believe in maintaining and improving the Preserve we already enjoy, while identifying funding to expand our preserve system. As this system grows, interest in our city will grow.

Councilman Bill Gates represents Council District 3 in north Phoenix and includes the Sunnyslope, Moon Valley, and Paradise Valley Mall areas. He can be reached at council.district.3@phoenix.gov.
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