On Wednesday, October 19th, The Honorable Mamie Johnson (Ward 3) and The Honorable Andria McClellan (Super Ward 6) met with members of the Norfolk Board of Directors.
Councilwoman Johnson discussed her vision for Ward 3. Economic development, neighborhoods and families, workforce development, and educations are many of her top priorities.
Ms. Johnson discussed several initiatives to include business incentives aimed at helping to drive economic growth and sustainability. While Norfolk is thriving in terms of jobs, unemployment in the city is at 5.4 percent as of August which is higher than the regional and state rates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ms. Johnson often hears from residents who’ve read about all the new jobs coming but don’t know how to apply for them. The Norfolk Works program is a solution to the issue and will be the city’s first central hub to connect those who need jobs with companies that are hiring.
Ms. Johnson and Ms. McClellan also talked about Norfolk’s “Vision 2100”. City officials have spent this year developing the plan, positioning Norfolk to thrive into the next century. The “Vision 2100” plan divides the city into four planning areas and provides a set of goals and actions for each to include: major infrastructure investments; improving transportation linkage; becoming a model for responsibly addressing resilience; creating zoning tools and incentive programs to encourage the development of a more resilient housing market; and capitalizing on emerging approaches to resilience as economic opportunities for new industry and employment. Click here to access the full copy of “Vision 2100”.
In addition to economic development, Councilwoman McClellan’s added education, flood mitigation, and technology were also priorities for her. “The future of Norfolk is dependent on the success of Norfolk Public Schools” said Ms. McClellan. Real estate values, our economic development efforts and our future workforce are all tied to NPS.
Councilwoman McClellan is also an advocate for innovative technology solutions that provide the best-in-class services for citizens and businesses. She emphasized the need to start working to ensure we have the proper infrastructure in place, like gigabit broadband across the city, and the workforce in place to expand Norfolk’s current businesses and attract next-generation companies.
Both Councilwoman McClellan and Councilwoman Johnson agreed that City Council members are enthusiastic and energized and they enjoy working together.
Pictured: Councilwoman Andria McClellan, Ms. Ellen Keeter (Norfolk Division Chair), Councilwoman Mamie Johnson.