10.01.2008

A NEW DAY FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

When this article says that City Hall Mayor's Reception Room 202 was "standing room only," it wasn't kidding. But clearly a lot of people were interested in Mayor Nutter's announcement about a new Economic Opportunity cabinet and executive director. Leave it to my friend Andy Toy to sum up my thoughts on the gathering: “I think the key is the mayor has put his weight behind this happening, and he likes to get stuff done, so it’s going to happen.”

In other words, the jury is still out on the structure and the personnel, but what we can celebrate today is that the Mayor has picked a good person, elevated economic inclusion as a topic of the highest importance, and created a structure in which he and his highest-ranking colleagues are accountable for results. Lots of work remains to be done, but this was a very good step in the right direction.
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