(Thursday, June 17, 2021) – Today I released the fourth episode of the 2021 State of the City entitled “Teaching to Fish,” which focuses on the City’s efforts to financially empower residents, create jobs and assist entrepreneurs. Also featured is the role of the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building, which is under the leadership of Dr. Lomax Campbell.
The 2021 State of the City and my Equity and Recovery Agenda are focused on one goal, lifting up every Rochester family and providing equity and fairness for all. It’s my plan to continue our success in creating more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and greater educational opportunities.
This episode also discusses the new ROC City Home Grown program recently approved by City Council. ROC City Home Grown looks to expand urban agriculture with a focus on economic empowerment.
The City’s first New Americans Advisory Council (NAAC) is also prominent in the video. The NAAC will serve to connect recent arrivals to our community and the City, as well as with community services. The goal is to ensure that all Rochester residents can achieve the American dream. Legislation to formally create the NAAC has been submitted for July consideration by City Council.
ROC City Home Grown and the New Americans Advisory Council are about meeting every resident where they are and giving them paths to achieve their full potential. They build upon the other parts of the ERA Agenda, including our Buy the Block program to increase homeownership, our work to provide reparations through a Universal Basic Income pilot and the creation of an Office of Neighborhood Safety. Together, all of these efforts will build a stronger Rochester!
The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/dpEF3wWq5F0
The entirety of the State of City and Mayor Warren’s Equity and Recovery Agenda can be found at cityofrochester.gov/sotc2021.