Foster Forty Part Deux
ST. PETERSBURG --- Mayoral candidate Bill Foster has been busy trying to condense his 15-page Foster Formula, a white paper on his vision for St. Petersburg, into 40 bullet points called the Foster Forty.
Here is part one.
Below is part two:
Installment Two - Neighborhood and Business Development through Customer Service
11. Provide incentives for neighborhood association renewal with grants and amenity assistance. The City must work to revitalize neighborhood associations, and will work with CONA to develop a program to encourage greater involvement and recruitment of new members.
12. Organize and coordinate neighborhood work days throughout the entire City. The City will coordinate this effort with neighborhoods (sanitation, parks and recreation) and provide tools (garbage bags, rakes, etc.) to make efficient use of citizens’ time.
13. As Mayor, I will have regular interaction with neighborhood leadership, and early dialogue with the neighborhoods while in the development of the annual budget. I call these "Budget Summits", and this is where we will prioritize, and hear what is important to the neighborhoods.
14. Within the first year, I will attend an association meeting in every active neighborhood, and thereafter as invited by the association.
15. Processes in Construction Services and Code Compliance will be further streamlined, always with the idea that we are partners, not adversaries. The words "No" or "See you in Court" will be replaced with "How can we as partners accomplish the task requested?" Customer Service will be the theme of my administration.
16. Code Compliance Amnesty Program. If you know that your as-built property is not consistent with your property card, and you self report, the City will waive double permit fees (fines), and will work with the property owner through permitting and inspections to bring all property cards current and properties up to code.
17. Semi-annual business summits ("listening sessions") to size up workforce utilization, and to create networking opportunities for job retention and creation. We will engage local business owners, and provide on-site City services and access to department heads for answers and assistance with all of their business needs.
18. Implement Mayor's Business Life Line (telephonic early warning system for businesses and employers who are in trouble or need additional services).
19. Modified procurement policy, recognizing the benefits and contributions of St. Petersburg owned businesses.
20. We must cross market and promote our local events in print and internet venues between local businesses, City, County, CVB, Chambers, Downtown Partnership, business associations and civic clubs.
Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer