Chatham N+ R, EDC Interview and My Responses

Because this is such an important race it is important you have an opportunity to not simply see or read snippets of my Interview questions and answers but to be able to read them in their entirety.

Summary – We need to be able to house workers and their families here in Siler City. We need housing for those workers and the infrastructure to sustain them. We need to have a better quality of life and bring in businesses for our children and children’s children.  My history shows I can do the job.

Document written by Jacklin A. Adams, Candidate for Mayor of Siler City Sept 14, 2019

How would you define economic development? Economic development is the process by which an economy is improved. It is the change that allows a town or municipality thrive in a sustainable environment. One measure of economic development is the way a town or municipality adapts to new technologies and transitions from old infrastructure to new ideas of work. Ultimately, economic development reflects general improvement in the education, health, and well-being of a community’s citizens and hence its standard and quality of life.

What role do you think government plays in economic development?Government can set the policies and ordinances that protect our rural character while helping to preserve open space, protect air and water quality, provide places for recreation, create tourist attractions, and build walkable, pedestrian-friendly streets. In Siler City, good government can promote transportation and infrastructure (clean water, long term solutions to sewer capacity, a larger tax base), all of which brings investments into the local economy.

What things do you think are important to draw businesses to Siler City? Siler City needs improved infrastructure and affordable housing. Our local business, faith-based community leaders, schools, families and nonprofits must work together to spearhead changes to better equip our town and its people to support sustainable businesses and make Siler City a place where families want to live.We also need to proactively advertise Siler City as the place to bring your small business.We are centrally located to both the Triad and Triangle, with affordable rentals in the central business district and easy access to every part of the state.

What type of businesses/industries do you think are vital for Siler City’s economic development? I would emphasize plans to attract small and medium business, with a focus on small technology firms.

What are your goals for economic development? What steps are necessary to achieve those goals? My goals are to grow our value in social capital, working infrastructure, and clean and healthy living in order to attract, retain, and support sustainable businesses. I will work in partnership with the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, Central Carolina Community College, and UNC School of Government to effectively use their considerable resources. I will work with Siler City’s civic, community, and business leaders to develop a long-term plan for growth, set it in motion, revisit it regularly, and adjust it as needed.

What role as Mayor would you play in actualizing those goals? An effective mayor drives economic development by engaging civic, community, and business leaders to develop smart plans and follow through on them. The mayor should work as our representative to build community and regional support for Siler City’s growth. Shesets the agenda and is the chief community leader. I will be an active mayorwho reflects and listens to the citizens in our educational and municipal sectors, faith communities, and local agencies. I welcome the responsibility to be a problem-solver and facilitatortoward a more dynamic Siler City. As your Mayor, I will work with the town staff, and across community and boards to be your catalyst, connector, and consensus-builder for positive change.

What qualifications do you think you have that would impact your ability to make those goals a reality? I offer Siler City drive, passion, and a strong leadership background in product and business development, demonstrated through decades of business experience and community involvement. My work experience and community service includes:

  • Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Farmer
  • Corporate Environmental and Supply Chain Engineer
  • Board member of the Siler City and Rural NC STEP for Small Business
  • Committee Member, Chatham County Economic Development Committee for Small Business
  • Board Member of Siler City Development Organization
  • President of the Siler City Merchants Association
  • Chair and Co-Founder, SC Downtown Advisory Board to the Board of Commissioners
  • 25 years at IBM working to build sustainable, environmentally friendly industry and manufacturing globally

 

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