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Council Candidates Unveil Economic Development Plan

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Bob Fenwick and Kristin Szakos Bob Fenwick and Kristin Szakos

The Democratic candidates for Charlottesville City Council are unveiling a new plan to spur economic development in the city. The plan has four parts and focuses partially on increasing tourism and bringing new businesses to the area.

The plan also involves cooperation with Piedmont Virginia Community College and Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) to establish entrepreneur training programs, as well as a second-chance program for adults who previously spent time in jail.

The candidates say that if they take office, we'll be seeing these changes enacted sooner rather than later.

Some more of the specific ideas they outlined include new parking lots for tour buses near Charlottesville's downtown mall and increased marketing to attract high-tech businesses to the area.

They say each of the proposed changes will help solve the underlying problem of job growth in the city.

"I would like to see Charlottesville as a place of economic opportunity for the entire range of jobs - technical all the way down to hands-on construction work," said Fenwick.

"Businesses that are coming into the area or businesses that are here that are looking to increase their workforce. So we just want to make it easy to increase your workforce in Charlottesville," said Szakos.

Some business owners who attended were hopeful not only that these policies could bring future job growth, but also that their own businesses may see a jump in revenue going forward.

Both candidates hope to work with community partners to see these proposed changes enacted.

Reported by Rob Manch

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