As long as Congress isn't working, too many people across America and Florida won't be working. No one understands that better, and is able to change that, than Lois Frankel.
As a mayor who worked tirelessly to revitalize the local economy, Lois knows that creating jobs starts in our communities and that small businesses need to be at the forefront of job creation efforts.
When Lois was elected mayor of West Palm Beach in 2003, the city was threatened by failing businesses, crime, and unending road construction. So Lois got to work and started turning things around. As mayor, she fought hard to initiate a renewal of the city's downtown area, starting with the relocation of City Hall and the public library; the addition of an internationally acclaimed photographic center; and transforming West Palm Beach's waterfront into an award-winning public space.
Today the results are clear. West Palm Beach is safer, more livable, and there is a renewed sense of pride in every neighborhood. These smart initiatives have attracted millions of dollars of private investment, new residents to the area, and new businesses into the city.
Lois' Priorities for Creating Jobs:
* Working with small businesses to provide incentives for creating new, good jobs. Small business is the real engine of our economy.
* Investing in infrastructure and technology to modernize the economy and create jobs. We should not accept a second rate infrastructure in the United States.
* Promoting green technologies to keep us on the cutting edge of new developments in one of the fastest growing fields.
* Focusing on education. The success of our state and our country starts with quality education for our children. Education and our economy are linked. When we forsake education we hinder the long term viability of our economy.