FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2011 Contact: Andy Mihelich@ 815.630.5142 or email@example.com Mihelich’s “Jobs for Joliet Plan”: Job Creation Requires Small Business Formation, Minority Participation (Joliet, Illinois) – Today independent mayoral challenger Andy Mihelich unveiled his “Jobs for Joliet” economic recovery plan. The key components of the Mihelich plan: (1) Partnering with Joliet Junior College’s Small Business Development Center (2) Creating a Joliet Economic Development Commission (3) Job-training for Joliet residents (4) Review of minority contracting to ensure the city is meeting its participation goals for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses The two questions Andy Mihelich invariably gets from Joliet residents as goes door-to-door are: (1) How do we balance the city’s budget? and, (2) How do we bring jobs back to Joliet? Mihelich has spent a lot of time in this campaign talking about the city budget given that the current administration, including his opponents on the City Council, have managed Joliet to the brink of bankruptcy. And while tough decisions will need to be made about the size and expense of city government in the short-term, Mihelich understands that economic growth is the long-term solution. Mihelich has framed his campaign around a simple proposition: As mayor, he will ask a simple question when considering each and every policy proposal, “Will this policy help Joliet families to be successful?” The first thing a family needs to be successful is a job.
Today, Mihelich rolled out his “Jobs for Joliet” plan. The centerpiece of that plan is for the city to aid in the development, launch and support for small businesses. “Every community wants to bring in the big manufacturer or the big retailer, and I do as well,” said Mihelich. “But instead of seeking only home runs, we need to start hitting some singles and doubles. Small businesses are the engines of job growth in our economy and can be in Joliet.” Mihelich noted that of the nearly 1.2 million businesses in Illinois, 88% of them are so-called “microenterprises” with less than five employees. (source: Association for Enterprise Opportunity) Mihelich proposed that, in addition to the city’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the City of Joliet work more closely with the Illinois Small Business Development Center located at Joliet Junior College. “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to educate our residents about the services and support that is out there to create a culture of entrepreneurship in Joliet,” said Mihelich. “The Small Business Development Center already works in conjunction with federal and state economic development agencies and retired executives to provide a wide range of services that help small businesses get off the ground and support them once their doors are open.” Mihelich said that very few existing businesses much less prospective ones know about the services available. Mihelich proposed ward-by-ward seminars on everything from writing business plans to financing options available. Mihelich also suggested creating an Entrepreneur’s Speakers Series for successful entrepreneurs to mentor those just starting out.
Mihelich said his plan wouldn’t cost the city money as it simply would coordinate resource providers and educate Joliet residents as to the resources available for small businesses and start-ups. Mihelich also proposed creation of a Joliet Economic Development Commission where business, labor, and civic community leaders will be recruited to map out reforms they believe are needed to make Joliet a place that keeps existing businesses and attracts new ones that feature good paying jobs with benefits for Joliet families. “It is important to gather the input of leaders in a variety of sector and fields of endeavor to make sure we don’t miss anything when it comes to the reforms needed to make Joliet a destination for business,” said Mihelich. Mihelich said his first charge to the newly minted city-specific commission will be; (1) to ensure Joliet is getting a good return on its investment with the Will County Center for Economic Development; and (2) To aid in the transformation of downtown Joliet, including its street layout, to better embody a 21st century city. Mihelich also believes it is important for the mayor to be an ambassador for the city. Mihelich will personally visit existing Joliet businesses to gain an understanding of the specific challenges they face and how the city can help. He will also serve as the city’s lead recruiter for new businesses to make sure the interests of every neighborhood and every family is represented at the table as it pertains to new economic opportunities. Mihelich will also make job-training a priority to ensure Joliet families have the skills they need to compete for new jobs in the city.
Mihelich’s experience at Joliet Junior College will be key to developing the necessary partnerships to make available the core skills-training required for residents who need help preparing for success in our global, digital economy. Finally, Mihelich emphasized the need to review the city’s minority contractor participation program to ensure participating goals are being met and exceeded. The city has a 10% minority set aside. “We need to begin by getting minority contractors certified to bid on contracts. We also need to construct city contracts in such a way that minorities can competitively compete.” Mihelich’s commitment to fair competition and equitable participation in city businesses earned him the Latino Business Association’s Community Advocate of the Year Award in 2008. Mihelich retired as Joliet Junior College’s Associate Vice President after 30 years of service. For 20 years he directed all of the college’s economic development programs, including dislocated worker assistance, small business development and entrepreneurship training, worker retraining, and community development. During his career at JJC, Mihelich also served on the Grundy Economic Development Council for twelve years.
He chaired their Business Growth and Expansion Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He received their Community Member of the Year Award in 2000. Additionally, Mihelich served on the Joliet City Center Partnership Board of Directors for over a decade. He helped create the partnership’s vision for downtown redevelopment.
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February 14, 2011 Contact: Andy Mihelich @ 815.212.3804 or firstname.lastname@example.org As Mayor, Mihelich Would Let the “Sunshine in” at City Hall “Sunshine Joliet” online initiative would make Joliet government more open, accessible to residents (Joliet, Illinois) – Independent mayoral challenger Andy Mihelich believes Joliet city government should provide more information to Joliet residents on a real-time basis. As Mayor, he would change the way city government conducts the public’s business and transmits information the public has a right to know.
Mihelich’s “Sunshine Joliet” proposal would, among other things, build-out the city’s existing website to provide more comprehensive, real-time information on important city projects and policies so that residents can participate from concept to decision to implementation. For example, Mihelich would post not only Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests but also the city’s response to those FOIA requests so as to create a clearinghouse of information on city government that residents can easily access. Mihelich also discussed providing original news content on matters of public concern to build authentic conversations with Joliet residents on issues that impact their quality of life. “Transparency isn’t just a buzzword, it is a hallmark of responsible, responsive government,” said Mihelich. An initiative like “Sunshine Joliet” can help answer questions that many Joliet residents have like “Where did all the money from the casinos go?” said Mihelich. “The politicians in charge of the city have presided over some spectacular financial catastrophes at the expenses of Joliet taxpayers,” said Mihelich referring to the failed water park and JackHammers baseball team.
“Perhaps if there had been more disclosure and more ready access to information as these projects went forward, we could have pulled back before we went off the financial cliff.” “Part of helping Joliet families to be successful is to identify projects and policies that impeded their success,” said Mihelich. “This transparency proposal offers opportunities the community as a whole the opportunity to review and assess rather than containing the entire discussion to just the city council.” By opening up more data to the public and building out the city’s presence in the digital space, Mihelich’s initiative would make it easier for city stakeholders and residents to create additional tools that improve transparency, share information and engage their neighbors. Mihelich is a retired Joliet Junior College administrator and current member of the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees. ### https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1a5lu-TtF6OzYRMcieDxmvoWLtsGQranS2oExaoi4I0w
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Mayoral candidates who filed include city council members Thomas Giarrante and Jan Quillman, a mayoral election match-up that has been expected for years. Both “Thomas Giarrante and Jan Quillman have been in office way to long, Joliet Illinois needs a change.” Time to put the Joliet city council out and bring in some new blood.
Mayoral candidates who filed recently, include Andrew Mihelich, the director of the Spanish Community Center and a board member at Joliet Junior College.
Clearly Unemployed Joliet Illinois Americans are going to vote more of their jobs away if they vote for Andrew Mihelich as Mayor..
Kevin Hegarty, a former public information officer for the city who lost his job last year in a workforce downsizing and clearly understand what it means to be in need of better local Government.
Diane M. Harris (lib), a ComEd employee from the Cathedral Area who is making her first run for elected office; and the Rev. Lester Brown, pastor of Good Samaritan Ministry of Joliet.
Will Lester Brown be a pastor first of Joliet Illinois mayor first if elected? I say Pastor.!
Hegarty is the clear choice but the voters must make up their minds…..No excuses just vote.!!
I was at the Joliet, Adam Kinzinger town hall meeting Jan 27 2011, I was appalled at the lack of media coverage. A lot of good issues were brought up yet many Joliet and Will county residents didn’t get to hear what was said. Herald news claimed to be there by the photographer on site, yet no pictures was printed…. The issue was brought up about jobs by the first speaker, one of Joliet’s illustrious Homeless individual.
Do you think that Joliet city council members offered any solutions to this homeless person to a person that wants a job, wants to be part of society and pay taxes. Adam Kinzinger heard the homeless mans plight and offered suggestions but the Joliet city council members was there to Kiss Adam Kinzinger butt and again what it will take to bring Joliet back to a place where families and the working class can thrive. members Susan Barber Dist.4 , Tim Brophy Dist. 2 and Warren Dorris Dist. 5 sat there with nothing to say to this homeless unemployed man, but the audience rallied around the homeless man after the Kinzinger speech and helped this man..
To these city council member let it be known who they are and let’s be up front, no shame was felt by the Joliet city council about the Homeless person, After the homeless person was done speaking to Adam, there was many tears in the audience for the plight of this man and offers of temporary help was given..
these 3 Joliet city council members Susan Barber Dist.4 , Tim Brophy Dist. 2 and Warren Dorris Dist. 5 will wish they had the votes they lose that their insensitivity and utter leadership failures affords them….He must be a voter, The homeless man stated that he walked 2 miles in freezing temperatures to speak to Adam which he did, This is one Homeless man that has something to say with substance behind it.