As Mayor, I will establish the Mayor’s Citizens Service Center (CSC). The CSC will provide Holyoke residents with a centralized location for complaints, service and information requests. The CSC not only acts as a "Help Desk" for residents by answering routine questions and providing information on any number of issues, but it also logs in complaints and service requests, forwarding them to the appropriate department for action and resolution. The CSC will also streamline city interaction by creating a “One-Stop 3-1-1 Hotline” to report broken streetlights, lost pets, noise violations and other non-emergency issues.
Celebrate Holyoke Commission:
As Mayor, I will create a Celebrate Holyoke Commission. The mission of the Commission will be to revitalize and expand the scope of the Holyoke Cultural Commission to encompass Arts, Culture, and Tourism. The Celebrate Holyoke Commission will work with local groups and businesses such as the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Passport Holyoke, the Victory Theater, and local artists and musicians to promote and create Holyoke’s marketing and branding strategy as the “High Performing Capital of the World.” The Celebrate Holyoke Commission will also be tasked with raising funds to reestablish the annual “Celebrate Holyoke” Festival in Holyoke each summer.
Arts & Entertainment District:
As Mayor, I will push to create an Arts and Entertainment District downtown that provides tax incentives to attract artists and entertainment enterprises to move into empty warehouses and factories. As Mayor, I will take full advantage of the Victory Theatre and incentivize economic development around the Theater to support restaurants, hotels, and other activities that promote activity downtown at night. By concentrating art and cultural resources, the Arts & Entertainment District can be a catalyst for revitalizing neighborhoods by stimulating business activity on nights and weekends, strengthening the tax base and supplementing educational opportunities. The District will include affordable live/work space for artists, photographers, recording artists and others. The District would also encourage the creation and expansion of museums, art galleries, restaurants and entertainment for the entire family.
Three Main Streets Project:
As Mayor, I will target and incentivize investment and development along what I consider to be Holyoke’s three “Main Streets” – Northampton Street, High Street, and Main Street. I will work closely with residents, business owners, and community organizations on all three streets to establish Northampton, High, and Main Street Associations in an effort streamline and support revitalization efforts along each street. I will seek state and federal funding, along with funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revitalize, protect, and enjoy the places that matter most.