Letter from Josh Martin – Candidate for Parker Town Council
“I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of the Town of Parker. Getting the Town, the business community, and the citizens all involved in moving the Parker community forward together is my top priority. We must have continued economic development, while promoting all the members of our business community, both home-based and retail. The Town must continue efforts to build a thriving daytime economy, and bringing jobs that support our demographics is key to making that happen. Last but certainly not least, we need more options for the youth of Parker. I would like to see some sort of partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America or other fine youth-focused organization(s) come to Parker. What are our kids doing from 3:30-6:30pm? We must work to provide more constructive opportunities for our area youth. Please contact me with questions, comments, or concerns at [email protected] or (303) 960-7132. http://www.joshforparker.com “
Josh Martin’s views on the issues facing Parker (taken from his website)
Solution: Over the last 3-4 years I believe there has slowly developed a disconnect between the Town and the business community in general. There is not currently a common vision between the Town and various business organizations as to what the Parker business community should look like 5-10-15-20 years from now. The Town needs to work in tandem with all of the businesses and business organizations to get everyone on the same page. We need a strong contingent of Council members, Town staff, and business leaders to be the face of Parker throughout the Front Range and beyond. I want to be a large part of this group and the face for the Town in these matters. The Town must find a middle ground with the business community on things like the ever contentious sign code. As a local small business owner I can see both sides of these types of issues and facilitate the finding of common ground.
A DAYTIME ECONOMY
Solution” Frankly this will be an issue in Parker for some time. In most communities the size of Parker, about 30% of the citizens live and work in the town. In Parker, that number is about 13%. Until the Town can attract businesses with 25+ employees, this will continue to be a tough situation. The Town must leverage all tools at its disposal to do this. There are many opportunities to be leveraged in the medical device and medical research/development fields, especially with the state of the art Parker Adventist Hospital in our Town. We are in a unique position to offer great schools (DougCo), great public safety (Parker PD/South metro fire), and soon Arts & Entertainment (PACE center). When trying to attract companies that will offer a comparable living wage, these are typically the three main things companies are looking for. We need to aggressively market these features within and outside of Colorado to bring these companies to Parker.
Solution: My idea is get 200 Parker Businesses (or more if we are able), and charge a nominal fee to participate. Outside of the costs of hosting, the remaining funds will be spent to advertise the event both within and outside of Douglas County. I want both retail and home-based businesses to have the opportunity to showcase their products and services. Sometimes smaller business owners do not do much business outside their “circle” because they do not have the means to advertise beyond their local area. By showing the business community in Parker that the Town is willing to be an active participant in promoting their individual businesses, people will realize the Town has their best interests at heart. Ultimately I would like to see these events allow people to expand from home-based to retail businesses. From retail to larger retail, and so on. Not only does this increase local employment, but it increases sales receipts which the Town relies on for about 68% of it’s current budget.
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