Jobs & The Economy

"One of the greatest challenges this country will face in the next 20 years is finding the balance between job creation and efficiency. Employers who consider this balance have the opportunity to make financial gains.”

“We need to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurship. According to the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, North Carolina has ranked third in the country for the past twenty years in women-owned businesses, and western North Carolina is ranked first for woman solo-entrepreneurs. All of this creates jobs in our District 10, especially for the many families who are headed by single moms.”

“Clean energy production is on the rise generating new jobs.  Progress will be made in this area when the debate shifts away from the need for clean energy and is replaced with a focus on the value of creating high-paying, clean energy jobs.”

“Infrastructure development and better public transportation will be a focus of job creation in our district. Because our district has so many rural areas where many people cannot afford cars or the cost of gasoline, one of the biggest barriers to secure employment is a lack of dependable transportation. Just as the internet connects our world globally, we need accessible and reliable public transportation that connects our rural areas in our district to the closest metropolitan transportation system. One of my priorities is to bring funding for this expansion.”

“Also, our rural district areas have higher rates of dependence upon wells and septic systems. Our municipal water systems are aging rapidly and infrastructure investment must focus on rebuilding water systems across the district in order to protect the health and the vitality of our communities. I will work for District 10 in securing those employment and infrastructure development funds."