Kennedy Rolls Out Jobs Plan
GOP says plan duplicates Ballard programs, platform planks
|Democratic mayoral nominee Melina Kennedy issued her 14-point jobs plan for Indianapolis Tuesday. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)
Democratic mayoral nominee Melina Kennedy has issued a 14-point jobs plan for Indianapolis.
Two weeks after Republican incumbent Greg Ballard issued a jobs agenda for the next four years, Kennedy is offering her version, calling for partnerships with colleges and business to encourage entrepreneurship, small-business mentoring, an attempt to target job-creation efforts in key industries and in hard-hit neighborhoods, and one-stop shopping for business permits and other needs.
That last point is part of Ballard's plan too. Kennedy says he should have done it already.
Ballard's campaign says the city is already doing some of what Kennedy proposes, including focusing on entrepreneurship and encouraging companies to buy local. Spokeswoman Molly Deuberry points to a Wall Street Journal ranking placing Indy among the top seven cities in the nation for startup businesses.
Kennedy says she'd use the bully pulpit of the mayor's office to reach out to colleges and venture-capital firms to help business plans emerging companies get off the ground. She'd also urge local business leaders to fund merit scholarships for local high school graduates who have shown entrepreneurial promise.