My First 100 Days in Office
As a community leader and business person I am used to being held accountable. As an elected public servant I want to be held accountable to the people of Kansas City citywide. All voices matter, no matter their background, economic or social status. With this in mind, I have outlined below my commitment to the people of Kansas City in my first 100 days in office. I will report back to the community publicly at the end of this time period to provide results from these efforts and to lay out my plans going forward with community input guiding my work.
1. Convene a Housing Summit
I will address all things as it relates to housing: providing affordable housing citywide, high utility bills, adequate and timely delivery of taxpayer-funded basic services in neighborhoods, including trash removal and police staffing to protect home owners’ investments and quality of life, renovation of existing houses, planning and permitting processes and assistance with locating funding to purchase your first home and/ or invest in real estate.
My goal is to identify the top 3-5 housing related problems we most want to solve which have the biggest impact on the affordable housing deficit in Kansas City. Once we determine the best way to begin addressing these problems, we will draft a plan of action to attract the talent needed to accomplish this work.
Entrepreneurs, builders, homeowners, investors, tenants, developers, real estate agents, property managers, neighborhood leaders, city staff and any other interested citizens will be invited to this housing summit so that all voices will have an opportunity to lend insight into how we can create a thriving community filled with robust affordable housing stock of quality homes for rent and purchase.
I will schedule follow up meetings to finalize the plan with the goal of submitting to the public at the end of my first 100 days in office a strategy that is long-term and addresses the issues methodically with attention to detail.
2. Host a Violent Crime Reduction Summit
I will address violent crime in our city. Precious lives have been lost while the actual work required for progress on this most important issue facing our city continues to be tabled into perpetuity. I intend to do heavy lifting upon being elected to change these realities by bringing the best minds in our city to the table to investigate what most accounts for these outcomes, working toward tangible solutions for 21st century community policing.
We will address violence in our city by investigating root causes, methods to address our mental health crisis, conflict resolution tools, connecting the faith community and other community based organizations to the people most affected, job training opportunities, housing, and other identifiable contributors to violent crime.
Victims of violent crime, mental health professionals, teachers, education administrators, police, parents, school board members, ex-offenders, students, priests and pastors, engaged community members of all backgrounds, neighborhood leaders, and all of the community organizations whose mission is to work toward lowering the violent crime rate, will be invited to this event. With all voices at the table we can make progress!
My goal is to identify key ways to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods, particularly in the urban core, including actionable steps forward. At the end of my first 100 days I will provide a progress report to the public which will include successes, complications, and modifications going forward. Violence in our great city is not an issue that will be solved with one meeting or summit, but will require an ongoing commitment by all community stakeholders. I will lead this effort upon being elected.
3. Hold Quarterly $15+/hr KC Job Fairs
I will host quarterly job fairs to address the concentrated pockets of unemployment in Kansas City. There are many reasons why people find themselves unemployed, and we must stop looking at this condition as a character flaw, but rather as an opportunity to skill up our workforce for the 21st century. I will connect job seekers to training programs and the employers most in need of skilled workers; employers who can provide livable wages to working families. So many of our Veterans, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, those seeking a change of career, and recent graduates new to the workforce find themselves unemployed, and unless we provide opportunities for skills training and advancement we will not be able to create the workforce we need now and into the future.
As part of this job fair initiative I will recreate parts of the $15+/hr. job fair I organized in the summer of 2018 at the request of Cerner. This was subsequently expanded to other companies looking to hire workers for their immediate openings at $15+/hr. wages. We attracted over 400 job seekers and 13 companies. It was a great success with many people being hired.
Jobs in the healthcare, advanced manufacturing and tech sectors are the fastest growing industries in Kansas City. Connecting job seekers to the proper training needed to take advantage of these jobs is critical to addressing unemployment. I will provide information about job openings (and training opportunities) on a dedicated website for this initiative. The goal is to get 1,000 Kansas Citians employed in my first 100 days in office! Some say this is too ambitious a goal, but I know what can be accomplished when the will of the people is strong and proper leadership is in place.
4. Host an Entrepreneur and Small Business Panel and Workshop
I will bring together a panel of serial entrepreneurs, small business owners, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, along with city leaders to discuss the issues most pertinent to business owners and burgeoning entrepreneurs in Kansas City.
We will discuss hurdles to going into business in our market, the opportunities available to entrepreneurs in tech and advanced manufacturing sectors, growing our Black and minority-owned businesses in the urban core, and throughout Kansas City metro, how to attract out-of-state talent to our market, and strategies for scaling up your business and marketing and promoting your business. A number of educational tools and learning aides will be provided at no cost.
Our small business community and those aspiring to be business owners are actively requesting assistance and support from the city. Small businesses create over 60% of all new jobs in our city. We need to keep them in business and growing. This open discussion with key city and business leaders will provide the public with a wealth of information to take their next steps in making Kansas City a business leader in the region and nationwide.
5. Host a Young Kansas City – Millennial Panel
According to Pew Research Center, millennials are the largest generation in the workforce topping out at 56 million workers. Despite the oft-repeated refrain by many of those of my generation about how millennials are aloof, lacking social skills, and addicted to new tech and social media, millennials are the curators of our collective futures and their ideas hold the potential to solve many of the issues we face citywide. Young people are already leading our government, business, activist, and non-profit communities forward, and it is their savvy use of social media and other tech that exponentiates their impact in a way those of my generation could have only dreamed of. These realities are assets not liabilities, so we must begin to listen to the wealth of knowledge our young people have to offer and place in positions to make a difference.
I will hold these Millennial Panel discussions with young leaders in our community to continue an ongoing conversation I began in March with both current city leaders and our leaders of the future. I will compile the substantial points from these engagements for public consumption, and use these insights to create a working document to inform city leadership of the millennial perspective as it pertains to business, housing, employment, healthcare, violent crime reduction, parenting, and family planning.
I expect my fellow citizens to hold me accountable to these proposed measures in my first 100 days in office. Accountability to the electorate should be a key feature of city government, and I intend to embody this upon being elected. My single goal in offering my service to the city is simply to utilize my wide-ranging hands-on experience, proven leadership, and unique abilities to identify and mobilize coalitions for the benefit of my city. I have done this successfully for years with my community service, and will continue this work and more as your next city councilwoman for 6th District At-Large.
I will be a voice for my constituents and an advocate for their needs. I will represent your interest at City Hall.
Candidate for City Council, 6th District At Large – Kansas City
Candidate for City Council, 6th District At Large – Kansas City
Please vote Stacey Johnson-Cosby June 18, 2019!!!