District 8 isn’t on the same playing field as the rest of Chattanooga. We’ve been left behind and overlooked for millions in support and economic investment. Everyone deserves access to career paths that grow wealth, support our community and protect our future.
Here’s how we’re going to get it done:
• Connect residents to future-ready job training. By 2025, millennials will be 75 percent of the workforce. Younger generations must be trained to work in the jobs left vacant by baby boomers, and we will connect them with future-ready jobs that capitalize on our city’s world-class internet. Chattanooga is an emerging regional technology hub, and it’s time for District 8 to capitalize. Click here to read about job training already happening in Chattanooga.
• Ensure promised funds reach our small business owners. The American Rescue Plan sent Chattanooga $38 million. Via Executive Order 13985, these funds are set aside for economic repair and historically underserved communities. As councilwoman, I want to ensure that a portion of those funds is budgeted for minority business and workforce development. Funds should be allocated for business startup capital to cultivate, grow, promote and support small businesses, improve broadband access and close the racial entrepreneurship gap. Read more about the role the American Rescue Plan plays in small business revitalization by clicking here.
• Invest in career pathways. District 8 is home to 14 different education centers, ranging from elementary to college. At these sites, we will organize and host popup events teaching about labor unions, employee relations and all the opportunities Chattanooga offers District 8’s young residents.
District 8 is home to some of Chattanooga’s brightest business minds and hardest working hands–throughout the District, you’ll see small businesses on every corner. We don’t lack talent or ability, we only lack support. With your help, I’ll make sure our District gets that support. Vote Marie Mott for City Council on Aug. 4.