Change in the Southeast is happening. While running for office and being elected in 2017 as the City Council District 4 representative, there were so many areas in our district that were crying out for TLC. One of the areas of concern was our lack of connectivity because of deteriorating or nonexisting sidewalks, road and bridge conditions, as well as inadequate transit. There was also little appetite for economic development and support. The stage was set right after my election in 2017, and we began improvement implementation during 2018. Considerable projects were accomplished with nonprofit, private and public partnerships. I am so excited to share some of the highlights of 2018:• RISE (Resilient Inspired Strong and Engaged) is a coalition of SE community leaders and nonprofit organizations. With grant funding from the El Pomar Foundation, we were able to create a position for a SE community outreach coordinator, Joyce Salazar. Ms. Salazar serves as a central point of contact for receiving and disseminating information. The coalition initiates and hosts many community activities.• The Transforming Safety bill, which reallocated money from the Department of Corrections into the SE community, brought even more momentum for change. The SE has been granted an… Read full this story
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