By: R. Bentley Marlow, Knoxville
The city of Knoxville is a business — its product is quality of life. The city delivers its product through a multitude of means ranging from the obvious — fire and police protection, trash collection and curbside recycling — to the more abstract — creation of economic incentives that attract and retain employers, responsible stewardship of our resources, fostering a sense of community that draws us all together. Today Knoxville is one of the best small cities in America due to a businessman-turned-mayor. We have an obligation to maintain the momentum this election cycle.
Mark Padgett is the only candidate with business experience. Mark owns a small technology company called e-Government Solutions. Mark employs 10 people and operates from offices on the redeveloped 100 block of Gay Street. Mark Padgett knows how to follow a budget, attract talent, negotiate and close business deals — in short, Mark knows how to thrive.
Mark understands that in order to realize Knoxville's potential, we must focus on economic development. It is from the increased tax revenue of expanding businesses and job creation that Knoxville can finance continued development of our infrastructure, redevelopment of key areas and tackle the daunting task of addressing homelessness.
Mark understands that economic development encompasses more than just dollars and cents. Strong, stable, safe neighborhoods are a vital ingredient — creating a job necessarily entails having a comfortable and affordable home for that worker. Economic development also includes fun — new restaurants, art galleries and boutiques — to entertain and relax that worker.
And Mark knows that economic development encompasses urban planning that seeks preservation of our historic buildings through redevelopment, increased access for pedestrian and bicycle usage, and responsible management of our natural resources, as they add to our quality of life.
Mark's vision coupled with his leadership skill and business experience make him the best candidate for moving Knoxville forward. If you want Knoxville to thrive, vote for Mark Padgett.