Research & Development
Our neighboring city Kannapolis is an example of how Research & Development grants can be used to reach economic development goals.
The Salisbury-Rowan Utilities is one of the top water utility companies in the state for price and water quality. I want to continue to support this fantastic asset through any funding and grant opportunities we can find.
I understand Historic Salisbury has been among the biggest tourist attractions for the city. HSF has built a strong network of grant resources, private funding, and public/private partnerships. I do not fear the tax loss associated with preservation when applying for historical status.
Roads & Bridges
Roads and bridges are the biggest capital improvement projects the city can take on. To find the right grants for infrastructure goals is a challenge of my campaign.
Improve overall community appearance and character through Revitalization grants for city beautification programs.
Being the largest line item expenditure, along with the police, they are critical to the self-insurance rates and other measures of safety Salisbury is rated on. There is higher demand for new facilities to the Salisbury Fire Department, and is a more attractive investment than allocating more resources to the police.
Employment programs are a way to find and help homeless, build equity, and opportunity for find those in nontraditional circumstances and the discriminated reentering society from the prison system.
We can see changes into the way of goods and services are delivered to customers. Meaning further smaller facilities and warehouses spread out across multiple locations. Salisbury's geographical location is uniquely attractive for online retailers like Chewy.
Parks & Recreation
The Parks and Recreation can continue to use the All Star Marketing and Grant Writing teams that have been assembled. Use these grants to retain valuable employees with experience and knowledge.
Cybersecurity is a bipartisan issue that is discussed in the recent economic bill within the American Rescue Plan. This is to protect us against direct cyberattack from foreign entities looking to steal sensitive data from Salisbury residents.
Education money is available through more than traditional resources. Private businesses are often times interested in aiding trade schools and or partnering with local higher education institutions like Rowan Cabarrus Community College to do it. Research & development grants can be useable for educational institutions.
The City of Salisbury has many underutilized technology resources especially in the departments. I'd like to apply for grants that can help with achieving our full capacity as a city.
Given the recent responses by some members of the community, the grant funding available to the new data center and other resources, I think a more progressive approach can be taken to managing policing including new technologies they can reduce the cost of police services while reducing the crime rates.
Continue to moving towards developing a cleaner energy vehicle fleet inside all departments and like electric busses and cars. This is to help us meet our environmental goals.
Heavy investments in technology like 3-D printing, AI, automation, and other advancements in manufacturing have made light industrial property a highly valuable commodity for a city to have. Salisbury has quite a bit of land for light industrial to grow.
Take advantage of funding for drug treatment programs to help struggling addicts and victims of the opioid epidemic. Fentanyl is cheaper than bullets.