Travis’ Vision

I remember a time when all I heard was ‘people were the power’ and that many of our circumstances came down to economics. I know firsthand that to get to a better place we need to bring people to the table and build coalitions to foster change and create opportunity.”

Employment, Economic Recovery & Growth

  • Support a living wage

  • Micro business opportunities

  • Reference based lending

  • Green energy employment

  • Understanding the new normal

  • Childcare

  • Supporting unions

Travis knows that our community needs a plan for recovery now.

“As I sit here thinking about the families I’ve served, the extended family that is our district, I cannot help but think about the employment issues that have plagued Black, Brown and low-income families; how transportation needs have gotten worse for those same families and how quality day care has become one of the counties number one issues for these very same families.”

I know from my years of dealing with childcare, trying different programs to alleviate this need for caregivers, this is one of the most challenging issues in this community and one of the most challenging issues around employment and economic recovery. Without childcare there is no recovery for our families. Without childcare the mothers in our community will continue to leave the workforce. We cannot wait and hope for a solution, we must create one.

B.O.X. (Based On ‘X’) Housing in the flats

Housing based on your X and your why. Based on your individual needs and situation and which boxes are checked

  • Create 150 units in 3 years

  • Building additions on existing properties

  • Funding through consortium of banks, private lenders and grants–AFCU is interested in this concept

Travis believes that a collaborative solution can always be found when all of the stakeholders come together. Affordable, accessible, clean, and safe housing should be attainable. IURA, lending institutions, County and City officials, sustainability community, home owners, county assessment office, city building department, city economic development, Cornell, and the green new deal director should be involved.

“It’s time create opportunities within the community for housing solutions that make sense”

Build community and uplift families through creating coalitions

  • Uniting county, city, business community, and nonprofit agencies to innovate and solve problems

  • Community listening intensives

  • Intentional and deliberative problem solving

Travis knows how to meet families where they are, and work with them to enrich their families and our community, he’s been doing it for over 20 years.

“I remember meeting with our administration team to figure out how to feed dinner to our children during the after-school program and creating “50 served” that fed children twice a week. We built it out to a place where the summer camp kids were fed breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.”

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