Buffalo mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder released his strategy for neighborhood development – the first of four points in his “Compass Plan for Buffalo.” The three remaining points will be rolled out in coming weeks.
“The four-point Compass Plan will bring my new vision for Buffalo to every part of the city – North, South, East, and West,” said Schroeder. “Under my plan, no neighborhood gets left behind.”
In introducing the “Neighborhood Development” portion of his plan, the mayoral challenger said that for too long city government has ignored neighborhood business districts.
“From Black Rock to Babcock, from Riverside to Parkside, from Hamlin Park to Front Park – it’s time that we focus on our neighborhoods by helping small businesses, not just big developers,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder said his plan includes offering assistance for business owners and job seekers where they work and live, helping to improve their neighborhoods in the process.
“We will provide small businesses with matching grants to help them invest in our neighborhoods and revive our local business strips,” said Schroeder. “My administration will offer business owners free training in accounting, tax preparation, and marketing to help them thrive and create jobs in our neighborhoods.”
“Entrepreneurs and start-ups will have access to neighborhood business incubators so their new enterprise can hit the ground running,” he added.
Schroeder said that these “One Stop Shops” across the city will also help job seekers by linking them to potential employers and offering them a chance to improve their credentials.
“There will be free GED classes, job training centers, and resume workshops in every part of the city, so people can pursue a career they can be proud of,” said Schroeder, pointing out that currently, the city only offers help to job seekers in one downtown location.
These types of programs are nothing new to Schroeder, who in 2002 founded a chamber of commerce to help small businesses, and an education center that offers free GED classes and computer training.
“I know how to do it because I have done it before,” said Schroeder of the dual initiatives he began as a county legislator near his office on Seneca Street. “We helped businesses to invest in our city, and gave job seekers the tools to get ahead – and we did it all in formerly vacant storefronts on a historic business strip.”
In addition to “Neighborhood Development,” the remaining three points of Schroeder’s “Compass Plan” include strategies for “Employee Excellence,” “Safe Streets,” and his “Workplan,” all of which will be released in the coming weeks.
“Buffalo needs a leader with vision – and a plan,” said Schroeder. “If I am elected Mayor, it will finally have one.”