When locally-owned business flourishes the entire city flourishes. Investing in local businesses means investing in opportunity for our citizens without sky-high property taxes. Local businesses allow the local economy to grow while keeping money within the community.
The more locally-owned businesses the lower the unemployment rate since these types of businesses provide stable jobs to more people in the community. These businesses also increase the purchasing power of our community members by putting more money in the pockets of local store owners and their employees.
The Cedar Rapids community already has an incredible base of local business owners who work diligently to improve our economy. I want City Hall to be attentive to their needs and partner with small business associations. Fostering the development of local businesses enables the long term stability and viability of the Cedar Rapids economy, ensuring gains for everyone.