I got an EMail from the Franky Descoteaux Campaign, pointing out that they have put up their "Economic Plan" on their web site. It can be seen here.
I have some criticism. I think it should be on its own nested page under the heading of Issues.
It didn't mention our two US Senators, one of whom for sure♠ has been a major source of money and opportunities for this Commonwealth and our area.
On the other hand, it mentioned "strategy" twice. Here is the difference between "tactical" and "strategic." Tactical is what is going to happen between now and the 2011 election. Strategic is what is going to be happening in 2012 and later. Tactical is what you do with what you have. Strategic is what you do with that small amount you can afford to invest after you meet your immediate needs. We need a strategy, and not just for 2012, but for 2022.
Further, I like the idea of public/private partnerships. Apparently the US House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, mentioned the Eire Canal the other day. The State of New York built that piece of infrastructure and everyone prospered. The trick is to know what the public side should do and what should be left to the private side. Virginia Postal talked about that on her blog recently.
I know that Franky Descoteaux is running for City Council and not City Manager, but the one thing conspicuously missing was a mention of the role of the City Manager. I hope that is corrected soon. It is the City Manager with the staff to do the long range planning needed to make things click for Lowell.
In summation, looking good, Franky.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Yes, that would not be the one with the initials JFK.