Monday, October 10, 2011

On the Trail With Frank: Jobs and the Economy

Dear Friends & Neighbors-

Wall Street greed, the inability of national government to correct large problems, and a worldwide recession have large impacts on our local economy. Yet, there are things we can do at the local level to bring jobs to Whitefish and improve our position. In order for potential employers to look favorably upon Whitefish, we must have a well-functioning and stable city government.

We must mind our budgets while maintaining sufficient reserves to take care of our obligations and remain flexible in the face of unforeseen circumstances. It sure doesn't hurt for potential employers to see a city council working with its citizens in an open and respectful manner.

The natural beauty of our home as well as the wonderful amenities that have been built largely drives our economy. Whitefish folks have been very successful building public/private partnerships for trails, theaters, the library, ball fields, the dog park and the Wave. The involvement of our community members in creating amenities is what brings tourists and future residents here in the first place.

Additionally, our infrastructure must be well maintained. Traffic should flow and streets and sidewalks must be clean. Essential services like water, garbage collection and natural gas must function well. Planning and information services must be understandable and user-friendly. Our lake and beaches must be clean and attractive. Our economy absolutely depends upon clean water.

Lastly, I believe our city should take an active part in lobbying for good transportation. Several years ago the US Congress threatened to cut funding for Amtrak. Airlines have cut service to the Flathead as their situations changed. The City of Whitefish must be a strong voice in seeing that our transportation needs are met.

If we manage our city government well and live within our means, Whitefish will see the prosperity we have grown to expect.

Note: The election ballot is mail-in only. Ballots will be sent out on October 19th and must be returned by mail or to city hall by November 8th. You must be registered to vote at your current address to receive your ballot.