Thank you for being here tonight! A video can’t say it all, and I can’t say it all in a short speech. I have a list of 60 projects we’ve worked on since 2016, and they just scratch the surface of what our awesome team has done. But, let me tell you about a few of the accomplishments this administration has made…and some of the things we plan to do in the future!
Leadership and experience are important when you are responsible for more than 50,000 people daily! We have used business principals and sound fiscal management to wisely handle taxpayer dollars. Because of that, Monroe now has a record $14.1-million-dollar fund balance. This allows us to save money and secure the best interest rates when bonding major projects for water, sewer, roads and more!
My administration established economic development funds to help us, not only have a seat at the table but to also have something to offer when trying to recruit new business and retain existing business. Having these funds allowed us to invest in the Greater Ouachita Port Facility; and, we were proud to be in position to help keep a staple like Saint Francis Medical Center operating in downtown Monroe
Small, medium, and large-sized businesses all have a valuable place in Monroe. This includes women and minority-owned companies. We will continue working with our partners and leveraging our resources to foster even more sustainable growth. I believe in everyone having a seat at the table…which means, I fully support racial and gender equity. We are one city, and we need everyone working together to maximize our Monroe’s full potential.
We are proud to work with multiple economic development agencies to help make our city a great place to work and live! Well-known companies such as Chase, CenturyLink, IBM, Gardner-Denver Thomas, Graphic Packaging, Vantage Health, Affinity, Mid-South Extrusion and others have invested millions of dollars to locate, expand, train and hire more people in Monroe because - we have helped foster an environment primed for business growth. Three of our four Economic Development District now have revenue streams – providing them with funds to invest in the infrastructure needed for future business and job growth. And, we are working on a revenue steam for Downtown Monroe…to help continue the business, housing, and cultural growth that really taken off in that corridor
Our 2010 Census count numbers said Monroe had a population of 48,815; and, by 2018 it was confirmed to be at least 50,344….and, we are still growing. Since my time in office, more than a dozen new single-family housing subdivisions and apartment complexes have been built in Monroe. Multiple new housing sites can be found off Highway 165 North.
Our, now vibrant, downtown has also become a popular housing destination. Some south Monroe areas that have been on the decline are now in the process of being turned around. 50 new homes were built in the Robinson Place Subdivision. We have partnered with the Monroe Housing Authority – and they are investing millions of dollars to build new single-family houses on South 3rd and 4th Streets. And, a few days ago, 42 people, just became certified neighborhood developers - teaching them how to turn abandoned properties into new homes and businesses
We believe in supporting primary, secondary, and higher education – because we want to do all we can to prepare the next generation of leaders. In partnership with the National League of Cities, Foundation for Louisiana, Monroe City School System, Local Nonprofits, Educators, and parents – we have launched an initiative aimed at improving the 3rd Grade Reading Level of Monroe City School students.
Through our partnership with Entergy and by raising nearly $100,000 in private dollars, we have awarded 196 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Monroe who all attended Louisiana universities or colleges. We have given tangible, financial, and professional support of numerous programs and initiatives at ULM, Delta Community College, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. We also believe that education extends beyond the classroom. That’s why my administration financially supports the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Children’s Museum, African-American Museum and Chennault Aviation and Military History Museum
People will be happy to know we have invested in new trash trucks; and we have more trucks on order to keep basic trash and garbage services on schedule. Volunteer groups, such as Ouachita Green, which includes Keep Monroe Beautiful, has multiple annual programs designed to engage the community in cleanups, recycling, and other beautification efforts. Our award-winning Fight the Blight initiative is working. As a result of increased enforcement, education and engagement – more violators are coming into compliance, reducing the number of problem properties in our city! The City of Shreveport even sent a delegation over to see our Environmental Court in action – serving as model for their future beautification efforts. Our planned use of Brownfields Grants and Opportunity Zone tax credits will help us pinpoint properties primed for commercial and residential redevelopment and sustainable growth.
It’s very important to know when people in our city call for help – our first responders can provide the help that’s needed. We have invested millions of dollars to upgrade equipment, vehicles and communication systems so that our Police and Fire Department can not only be there but be prepared to render whatever service is needed. Our Class 1 Fire Department has its highest rating score ever. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Police Department and collaborations with other law enforcement agencies, overall crime is down – including almost all violent crimes.
As you’ve seen and heard, a lot of change has come Monroe. And, I am running for re-election to continue charting a new path of progress, pride, and positive change. Monroe is a diverse and inclusive city – where everyone is welcome to fulfill their academic, professional and personal dreams. When re-elected, during my next term, I will focus on the following projects and initiatives:
Over the past few years, the City of Monroe has been purchasing equipment, software, and building facilities with the SMART CITY concept in mind. As we continue that trend, we will educate & engage the public about our SMART CITY initiatives. We will emphasize the use of data-driven decisions, communication and technology to become more efficient and save money. This will enhance local services and quality of life!
I will continue to join other municipal leaders and support the proposed Amtrak passenger train route from East Texas, across North Louisiana, to Mississippi and beyond.
Our zoo, civic, and museum continue to be major attractions. However, we want to create that same atmosphere for our Parks & Recreation division. Not only for our residents, but our visitors as well. During my next term, our Community Affairs Department will embark on a major Restructure of our Parks & Recreation Division.
One of the best ways to increase civic pride, is to increase home ownership. Pride in place leads to cleaner and safer neighborhoods. We have formed partnerships and started programs with JP Morgan Chase, BancorpSouth, Southern University and others to help create more home owners which will enhance the quality of life in more neighborhoods.
We are investing millions of dollars to build a new Breard Street Fire Station AND purchase new fire trucks and support vehicles. We want residents, no matter where they live, to feel safe and secure. We will build stronger community-police relations! Although our crime rate is down, we will invest whatever it takes to make sure our police department has the training, tools, and personnel need to reduce violent crime and get dangerous criminals off the street.
The new VCOM Medical School, on the Campus of ULM, will help our local economy, enhance our academic standing, and strengthen our regional health community. The new Advanced Technology Center at Louisiana Delta Community College is a major workforce development asset that will strengthen our labor pool. We look forward to working with our local education partners to create a sustainable plan aimed at increasing the reading level of 3rd graders – putting on a path to academic and professional success.
Our two-phased $60-million-dollar Water System Improvement Program is a generational project that will provide the infrastructure improvements needed to sustain current and future business and residential growth in Monroe. Phase 1 is the $40-million-dollar Water Treatment Plant Expansion and Enhancement. It will be going to bid in early 2020. Phase 2 will consist of an estimated $20-million-dollars in distribution system enhancements, which will make sure home- and business-owners receive the quantity and best quality water we can provide. We will do the work, NOW, that will allow our city to thrive and grow in the future!
We are using insurance proceed to transform a building on Stubbs Avenue into a centralized ONE-STOP-SHOP. Business owners, contractors, residents and others have let us know they want a more streamlined process when it comes to doing business with the City of Monroe. We will house multiple departments and divisions in one building where you can obtain your permits, licenses, pay bills and more. We will take best practices from other cities to make more services available on-line. We will do what it takes to save valuable time and money AND enhance your experience conducting business with the City of Monroe!
If you compared downtown Monroe in 2001 to what it is today, you will be amazed to see the difference. A diverse assortment of small and medium-sized businesses has returned to Downtown Monroe. Downtown Art Crawls, the RiverMarket, River Jams, restaurants, small event spaces and shops attract people of all ages, races, and genders from our city, parish, region and beyond. My vision is to have even more restaurants, shops, and hotels in downtown Monroe.
We need a new arena project to replace our outdated facility and to create an economic-driver that spurs revenue growth…all while enhancing our local quality of life. Our current arena was built in the 1960’s and for the past 50+ years it has, indeed, served its purpose. Now is the time for the current generation of city leaders to build Monroe’s next transformational project – A new event center! It will be the epi-center of an entertainment district that our constituents, visitors, and generations to come will enjoy and be truly proud of.
I Thank God for the honor of serving in this position; and, I ask for His blessings in the campaign ahead. Like I said in the video…as you can see, our city has come a long way. And, our future is even brighter! I ask for your prayers. I ask for your support. I ask for your VOTE! I am Jamie Mayo, and I am running for re-election as Mayor of the City of Monroe!
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Mayor Jamie Mayo – Monroe, Louisiana