Mayoral candidate Stabosz lays out his economic development vision

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This week, Republican candidate for LaPorte Mayor Tim Stabosz issued a plan outlining his economic development vision for the city. Stabosz stated, “It is important that the citizens of LaPorte are clearly informed about where a mayoral candidate would like to take them, and what his vision is, on the crucial issue of economic development and growth. Too often, politicians have loosely thrown around the term economic development, acting as if they are going to directly bring it about, or worse yet, talk about how they are going to single-handedly ‘bring good-paying jobs’ to the city. Such claims amount to empty promises — promises that no self-respecting public servant should make.”
Stabosz explained that his economic development vision flows from his most important mayoral goal, and that is to make LaPorte a Quality of Life Destination. He stated that the way to achieve this is by making the city as attractive, as desirable, as livable, and as stable as possible. These should be the qualities that not only the citizens of LaPorte should see when they look around their city, but it is also what those passing through LaPorte should see. To put his plan for economic development into action, Stabosz reveals, “We will do it by focusing on proper upkeep, beautification, and making the necessary public investment that will bring about the private investment we seek. Consequently, we will draw the technological, artistic, educated and small-business entrepreneurs to LaPorte. We will also increase the appeal of the city to large employers and, in addition, make the city irresistible as a bedroom community. This will grow the city over time,” Stabosz said, “increasing both the tax and income base.”
Along with his overall vision, Stabosz outlined a detailed plan of action he would pursue as mayor, that he says will begin to transform LaPorte. Select elements of the plan include:
1) Refreshing the benches, brick walks, trash cans, trees, and overall decoration in the downtown
2) Rehabbing the two or three most highly visible worst condition buildings downtown
3) Making the city fully walkable through a public works project that repairs all the damaged sidewalks in the neighborhoods
4) Instituting a citizen-led regularized tree-trimming program throughout the city
5) Putting vintage-style streetlights in historic areas of the city to enhance overall charm and increase marketable appeal
6) Revamping the zoning code and approval process, to prevent the city from “selling its soul” to development that strip-mines the city and sacrifices its long-term interest
7) Engaging in a landscape partnership with private property owners, from State Road 2 West to East Lincoln Way, to beautify the city
8) Seek to make Kiwanis-Teledyne a sandy destination beach, in keeping with its “front door of LaPorte” status, and reflecting the newly established Chessie Trail that terminates there, and
9) Obtaining formal historic district signage for traffic entering “the Avenues” from the north or south, and individual plaques for downtown buildings, to increase pride and enhance the tourism base.
Stabosz continued, “The vision I am talking about can only happen if we have faith in our future, and the courage to invest in a wise fashion, in order to make it become reality. While we welcome outside support and will aggressively pursue all grant opportunities, this is ultimately not something that any connections we have with outsiders, or the influential, or Indianapolis, can do for us,” Stabosz said. “The plan must be formed locally. And it must be EXECUTED locally. Buy-in must be obtained by the mayor from the people, and we must decide together to go in a direction that involves investing in ourselves,” Stabosz asserted. “We do this because it is essential that we show newcomers and outside investors that we believe in ourselves, and that they should, too!”
“I believe in being responsible to the people, which is why I have provided this detailed plan of how I believe LaPorte achieves its rightful destiny,” Stabosz concluded. “I would be honored to be chosen by the citizens as Mayor, and to be able to carefully craft and implement a plan that leads us to the Holy Grail of upscaling LaPorte, and making it a Quality of Life Destination.”

12 Responses to “Mayoral candidate Stabosz lays out his economic development vision”

  1. Scott

    Apr 16. 2019

    Most of this sounds good. Could potentially be expensive though. I would like to see more restaurants and something done with the old Kmart area.

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  2. Allie

    Apr 16. 2019

    Our downtown streets are in horrible condition. I realize that they were probably neglected because of all of the trucks and construction going on…the overpass and hospital, but I do hope whoever becomes mayor will make streets a priority. As a visitor, I would never come back to see the plan that was outlined by Mr Stabosz. Then, it would all be in vain. The rest of the city streets are also very bad. I would like to hear how our candidates will resolve this ongoing problem.

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  3. Steve Le bowski

    Apr 16. 2019

    He is a complete ZERO when it comes to historic preservation, and clearly does not understand or comprehend history. Other than YOU WILL PAY FOR HIS “stuff”. There are 4-5 huge problems still facing our community, and polishing the bricks on the planters AINT ONE OF EM.

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  4. Lynn Lisarelli

    Apr 17. 2019

    Still voting for Dermody.

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  5. Tonya James

    Apr 17. 2019

    Tom Dermody for mayor!! 1000 times over! Not sure why anyone would waste time, money, and resources on running against Tom Dermody! Done Deal!

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    • AUH2O

      Apr 19. 2019

      Day before yesterday, I replied to Tanya with a respectful, but on point reply. BUT I FAIL TO SEE IT LISTED!!! Is “What’s New, LaPorte?” doing some censorship of comments to try to vividely (and falsely) skew the comments against the better candidate for Mayor here — City Councilman Tim Stabosz? One would certainly presume that given this action!

      I am going to give you a second chance to restore your journalistic integrity. Here is my insightful comments to Tonya James and all readers again:

      “Tonya: Didn’t they say the same of Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump…a supposed “done deal”? Hope lightning (and the wisdom of “We the People”) strikes twice!!! GO TIM STABOSZ!!!

      If ever there was a creative, thoughtful mind that truly loves LaPorte and has LIVED in the City of LaPorte more than just the last year or two (like his opponent), Tim Stabosz is it!

      Tim has demonstrated concrete, original,and creative initiatives for LaPorte…an innovative “Nine Point Plan”! What has YOUR candidate done except perhaps reminisce about “the old days” when he was a Representative in Indianapolis? How far is THAT going to get LaPorte???

      Sorry…but LaPorte needs present, creative answers for present challenges so it can boldly look TOWARD the future! Candidate Tim Stabosz is clearly demonstrating that. Looking back at the “good ‘ol days” and what public office one used to hold ain’t the answer, Tonya…”

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      • Staff

        Apr 19. 2019

        We searched our comments from the past few days, approved and denied, and did not find one from AUH20.

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  6. Mike Lancioni

    Apr 18. 2019

    The comments made here by Tim regarding his top priorities are comical considering the high degree of hypocrisy demonstrated by his direct actions. Tim owns multiple properties on Indiana, Michigan and Monroe. His house on Indiana Avenue has been an eyesore in town for over 10+ years. Covered in construction house wrap with no front door and gaping holes on each side this decrepit structure has negatively impacted home values and the tax base for all neighbors. His other property a block north is a vacant lot with no sidewalk, just a strip of mud. How can the citizens of LaPorte trust Tim Stabosz when he cannot even take care of his own properties? How can Tim propose a platform where his Top 3 priorities are in direct conflict with his own actions and conduct? This is the definition of a hypocrite. Tim has the resources and means to complete these repairs tomorrow, but he has left them undone for years. It is time to expose Tim and hold him accountable on these matters. Come on LaPorte….

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    • Hugh Jardon

      Apr 19. 2019

      Stabosz is a hypocrite as noted below. How can you support a guy that can’t even maintain his own properties let alone be Mayor? He claims to care so much for how LaPorte looks yet his own actions make the town look terrible. Tim is a misguided candidate with a plan better fit for Alice in the Brady Bunch.

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  7. Suzanne Miller

    Apr 18. 2019

    I like the way he thinks. La Porte could use a thorough cleaning up.

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  8. Lynn Lisarelli

    Apr 18. 2019

    Liking the way he thinks doesn’t mean he will do what he says. Sure, La Porte could use a thorough cleaning up, but this should start on the home front to begin with. Why is he even allowed to have such decrepit properties anyway that are eyesores and bring down the community values?? Still voting for Dermody.

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  9. Jodi Dials

    Apr 19. 2019

    My vote is for Tim….I agree with his thoughts and concerns about LaPorte…. I think LaPorte needs to have changes and I feel Tim is the answer….

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