|Mayor Joe Hogsett|
After some tireless work, Mayor Joe Hogsett's Task Force tasked to deal with the Carrier relocation announced some fruits for its labor. The owner of Carrier, United Technologies Corporation, is depositing $1.2 million into a fund for job retraining and other programs to help the displaced workers. The amount equals the amount of local incentives given to UTC over the years.
The news that Carrier was moving its operations to Mexico came in early February like a rock dropped from a helicopter. It came out of the blue and suddenly changed the present and future of the Westside. Hogsett formed a task force, chaired by Deputy Mayors Angela Smith-Jones and Jeff Bennett, which includes community members, business leaders, and political representatives, to deal with the loss of Carrier to the community.
On an unrelated note, I've had the chance over the past few weeks to talk to three different Republican City-County Councillors. All of them report better relationships with the Mayor's Office than under the previous administration. They praised Hogsett for his accessibility and his administration's communication skills.