FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2011 Contact: Andy Mihelich@ 815.630.5142 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Since the 1920s No American President has made a determined effort to reduce government significantly. It isn’t that it can’t be done. It’s been proven only that no Republican or Democrat is going to do it. That’s why we as Tea party members have to stand keep this fight going; America cannot be lost to liberal ideology.
For globalization to work. Americans can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is. Which Obama has failed to do? Workers in America can’t even pay the bills without working three jobs, 1 out of every 4 children go to bed hungry, and these issues are ignored by the left
Thomas Jefferson once said: “A wise and frugal government… shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
” With growing corruption and censorship, and disappearing freedoms to American citizens, one can compare the apparent path of the American Empire to that of any great empire which has come and gone. Our founding fathers’ only warning was to keep power in the hands of the people. We have moved so far left, that we don’t even mind that the power has been lost to the hands of the few.
We should not confuse ourselves into believing that our civilization has reached a plateau from which it cannot fall. Like the dream land Socialists and liberals daily spout about in incoherent gibberish, most Marxists understand the ideology of negativity, These Individuals do not exist atomically or select their type of ideology off a grocery store shelf like a box of cereal. Marxism is individuals need to control others, it is also systematic and it interacts with the governmental as a hidden control over political views and its citizens.
Liberalism is “not” a product of mankind’s evolution: Liberalism requires each of us to give up rights, is it a duty, a motivation or a sickness of the liberal thought patterns. Despite the demonization of the Tea Party Movement by liberals in the media and in politics, the Tea Party Movement has shown the power of ‘We the People’.
A new television ad about the U.S. national debt produced by Citizens Against Government Waste has been deemed “too controversial” by major networks including ABC, A&E and The History Channel and will not be shown on those channels.
The plan from local organizers of the Mexican voters plan to spend $513,000 over the next four weeks to do whatever it takes to deliver some 33,000 immigrants in IL-10 and IL-11 to their polling places.
Many sees the campaign as an opportunity to put Illegal alien sympathizers hopefuls in or keep them in office. Nearly-25,815 voter registrations!
in ‘2010 you’re going to see people going out to the polls in record numbers because people know what’s at stake the Illegal’s ability to continue to rip-off the system and divert the paying of the cost to Joliet and Will County Illinois residents and American jobs.
We’re talking about the Herald <spew>News of Oct. 12.
With unemployment near 12%, coupled with the fact that this particular problem has been carried for far too long in the way of photo-ops for our elected officials, the question “what were they thinking?” just screams out to be answered.
I, for one, was under the impression that, at nearly 12% unemployed, ANY story related to jobs in this area would be headline worthy.
And this particular problem, unfair labor practices, as well as low wages, has been mostly ignored by our politicians. The same politicians that pimp us out at minimum wage, to billion dollar companies, write legislation to protect employers while reimbursing them. This gives those companies the money to buy these politicians by way of campaign contributions.
Could it be that the Warehouse Workers for Justice, in causing so much grief for our state representatives, has illuminated the bias of this newspaper? If I remember correctly, the last time this subject was broached, it was in fact the headline, but with our representatives getting all the glory of the front page, complete with pictures.
We here at Will County Watcher, feel that the Warehouse Workers for Justice should have been equally promoted, especially given the fact that they are actually DOING something to improve the lives of the citizens of all of Illinois.
With the mid-term elections close at hand, our local newspapers should be informing their readers of the actions (or in this case, INACTIONS) of state representatives.