Friday, October 12, 2007

Queen's City Hall: Endorsements Update

I neglected to mention that Cincinnati Blog has a posting about the CincyYP PAC Endorsements. And there are a number of comments as well.

I agree with him on the question of Joan Kaup not getting an endorsement from the group. I really like her from the few times I have met her and think she has an interesting arts and business background that brings a fresh perspective. I also thought she handled herself well on her Channel 12's Newsmakers appearance on September 23rd (Click the link then "Watch this Video"). I happened to catch the show while at the gym and the gentleman watching with me even commented that she seemed to know what she was talking about.

From her website, Kaup for Council:

My vision is a clean and green, safe, inclusive, creative and profitable Cincinnati.
My focus is on creating value and generating more net worth for our city to provide more services for all residents. A city, just like a company, can only cut costs so far before there is damage to the infrastructure.
My background in sales and marketing drives me to find more. More partners, more sales, and more revenues. Creating value means more than cutting costs; it requires collaboration, development and marketing of our assets - our arts, our urban intimacy, our tourist attractions, our work ethic, our central Midwestern location, and our friendly hospitality.

Three ways to increase the bottom line value of Cincinnati are:

1. Increase the tax base. More people living and working in the City of Cincinnati means more people are paying property and employee tax into the city’s general fund. This is not new math. The more money we take in and the more efficiently we invest it, the more we have for short-term needs and long-term plans. Cincinnati has a strong story to tell to residents and business about its multi-million dollar renaissance. By spreading word of Cincinnati’s success we can generate awareness that will attract more residents and recruit more businesses to our city, resulting in a larger tax base, and thus, more available funds for critical services.

2. Promote tourism. Tourists are great! They come to our city with very few demands. They come to our city and "ooh" and "ahh" over our topography, architecture, arts, sports and events, hospitality and amazing amenities. They see our city for what it is -- a charming, intimate destination offering world-class arts, sports and attractions with beautiful hotels and fabulous dining experiences. Tourists gladly spend their money in our hotels, restaurants, transportation, theaters, museums, zoo, amusement parks, stadiums and stores. We win them over with our Midwestern kindness and they return to stay awhile longer and spend more. Now other people are contributing to our general funds. By being a hospitable, tourist and convention city we are leveraging our dollars with theirs.

3. Market and sell our city’s expertise. Instead of asking what a third party or outside company can do more efficiently than our city, ask what our city does so well that we can sell that service to others. We have the talent to identify and create more revenue-generating programs, such as selling our filtered water to Northern Kentucky and Butler County. Do you realize that we sell more filtered water to people living outside of Cincinnati than we do to people living inside the city? The Cincinnati Park Board earns nearly $100,000 a year in private contracts for services they provide to green spaces in the private sector.

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