Please hire me to be our Independent Municipal Financial Advisor. Help me represent our Middle.
Let’s create this new breed of Foundation to close the gap and restore Hope and the American Dream. Less talking. More doing.
It’s the one place we agree.
I have accepted responsibility publicly for my role in the death of the American Dream and testified to the Mayor and Charlotte City Council. You can find my proposal to Mayor Lyles and City Council public comments below.
I need leverage. Please hire me to be our Independent Municipal Financial Advisor. Help me negotiate on behalf of all of us.
Economic Development Activism
Founder, BuyingItBack.com (formerly Jobs4CLT)
Proposal to Mayor Lyles and Charlotte City Council to Address Charlotte’s Sep 2016 Protests (June 2018)
Presented to the Mayor and City Council at the June 25, 2018 City Council Public Forum. The City’s alternative to address Upward Mobility can be found at LeadingOnOpportunity.org.
City Council Public Forum Comments
25-Jun-18 Proposed project is the only way to target investment needed to address the 2016 Protests and begin closing the redlining gap. 0:59:30
16-Jul-18 The RNC is another project that makes the redlining gap worse. This project outperforms the modeled outcomes. It's not about Us. 0:23:15
22-Jul-18 Special taxes create a system based on the assumption that we have the same problems now that we had when they were established 25 years ago. No one is negotiating for us. 1:36:00
22-Oct-18 I accept responsibility. This is a lack of Economics of the Public Sector. This system is making our problems worse. Using the task force report as the basis for the budget after if missed the cause of systemic racism is a problem for the City. It’s not staff it’s the lack of leadership from the Mayor 1:10:00
14-Jan-19 The Upward Mobility Report was the verdict that the economic development being pursued by the City is causing income disparity. It is captures the long term use of that data. This was not Mr. McColl's intention. I was there. 1:38:30
22-Apr-19 Since the Council members have been too busy to discuss the role of economic development causing systemic racism, I offered to explain this to constituents. Having served as a municipal financial advisor to the taxing jurisdiction that financed Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park, I was hired by the MLB’s bank, then-NationsBank/now-Bank of America to join negotiate for the other side of the Table. I challenged the 1,696 NFL players to support the project. 1:31:00
Testimony related to Economic Development
July 2017 Opposition to depleting the Tourism tax dollars for MLS Stadium and risk to the General Fund. I questioned the lack of leadership in economic development since the retirement of Mr. Hugh McColl, Jr. Covered by Charlotte Magazine’s Greg Lacour.