Newport is working on several projects that will have long-term impacts on Newport. The biggest challenge will be to make sure that we develop our city intelligently, thoughtfully, and with intention.

Newport is a special place. With a vibrant local community, a world-renowned arts scene, and a natural beauty that rivals anywhere else in this country. The city has the right elements to build an innovative 21st century economy. The US Navy is right next door with a research and technology facility, we’re  close to major business centers and top-tier higher-education institutions in Providence and Boston, and our rich historical heritage continues to draw an estimated 3.5 million visitors a year.

I believe that Newport needs to focus on three priorities as we move into the future: Transparency and Communication with residents and businesses, a Strong Economy attracting diverse year-round businesses and providing Newporters with the skills to support them, and making Newport an Environmentally Sustainable City. The city should keep these things in mind with every decision.

I will BE A VOICE FOR TRANSPARENCY ON THE COUNCIL. WE NEED TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MOVE NEWPORT IN THE DIRECTION OF TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE CITY GOVERNMENT and our residents and businesses. DOING tHIS MEANS MODERNIZING THE WAY OUR CITY COMMUNICATES AND DEVELOPING CLEAR PROCESSES TO GET THINGS DONE.

The most challenging problems can be overcome by developing a clear plan, sharing it with the community, listening to the feedback, and adjusting accordingly. As neighbors, we are all concerned with how our city is run. As with any small city we have a variety of issues to deal with, but in Newport we have so many unique opportunities to capitalize on as well. From placing park benches and paving roads, to tapping into emerging business opportunities; from keeping the city and ocean pristine, to playing host to world-class sailing events and the storied Jazz and Folk Festivals: transparent communication and dialogue between our City Council and our citizens is the foundation to make it all succeed.

 

Newport is in an excellent position to capitalize on the emerging 21st century economy. I want to help the city build programs and infrastructure to attract diverse, year-round businesses and provide newporters with the skills to support them.

Newport's local businesses are at the heart of the city's character. The shops, restaurants, and services make Newport a great place to live and visit. Our city needs to help our businesses prosper. Business owners should be able to easily access the information they need to operate and grow. They should also just as easily be able to have a dialogue with the city about issues and concerns.

Newport can expand beyond the seasonal tourism economy. Companies are looking to go where the best employees are, and we need to invest in our local workforce to provide in-demand skills.  New development in Newport's North End is an opportunity to build the infrastructure to sustain modern businesses and enhance the wonderful character of our City.

 

I will continue the environmental initiatives already in progress, and engage the community to develop new ideas to make Newport a model city committed to keeping it a beautiful place to live, work, and visit.

Newport has the opportunity set an example as a green, environmentally sustainable city protecting Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay. Newport’s natural beauty is something that isn’t replicated anywhere else in the world, and it is a reason so many visitors come to our city. Investment in the environment will show visitors, businesses, and residents alike that the city is committed to keeping Newport a beautiful place for the years to come. Investing in green infrastructure also brings opportunities for job growth.