WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local officials put forward their plan for the district’s economic comeback when the city reopens.
Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Bid, said, “In big cities across the country, it won’t be easy to bring jobs back.”
While rebuilding the city to what it was or better was not going to be easy, the mayor believes the proposed budget for fiscal 2021 will kick off the trip.
Mayor Bowser said, “$ 17.5 billion and we can describe this budget in two words: equity and recovery.”
Antwanye Ford, Chair of the Workforce Investment Council Board, added, “The city is committed, this budget is committed to providing training, coaching and the necessary support services.”
Partly broken down, $ 30 million is earmarked for attracting high-impact employers, $ 49 million for expanding subsidized employment and training, and $ 6 million for starting a rapid retraining program.
Mayor Bowser stated, “We will bet on our residents first. We know we have great residents. We’re going to have great programs in place to help them get the education they need, and we’re going to attract private sector jobs that will give them long-term employment. “
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio said, “We need to make sure businesses have an opportunity to return and that they can get the help to do so.” As the city moves forward, leadership believes the plan’s Mayor will bring a better DC than before.
Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director of the Department of Employment Services, said, “Some people say we are going back to normal, but I say normal is not good enough. Our mayor knows that the old normal is not good enough. “
The council is still examining the mayor’s draft budget.