Economy & Small Business

📈 Support economic development that improves neighborhoods

As a Councilperson, Steve opposed a proposal to build a massive Cumberland Farms at a busy intersection that would have increased traffic, negatively impacted multiple family-owned small businesses, and decreased property values in the neighborhood due to Federal Housing Administration lending rules. He led the effort to change zoning regulations so no new gas stations can be built within 300 feet of a residential property. As Mayor, Steve will continue to support responsible zoning that benefits all Cranston residents.

🏪 Create storefront improvement fund for small and family-run businesses

Small business ownership comes with many expenses, which can make it difficult for some business owners to keep up with repairs and modernization. Steve’s administration will work to support small and family-run businesses by implementing a storefront improvement program to help business owners improve their exterior storefronts. Storefront improvements will beautify the community and attract new customers to these businesses, boosting Cranston’s economy.

💡 Actively seek funding opportunities for city to promote innovation 

Through the OneCranston Community Building Grant Initiative, Cranston residents are encouraged to submit their big ideas for how they would improve their community and those who are selected receive funding to make their ideas a reality. 

Our city needs more of this kind of community support and engagement, and Steve’s administration will actively seek out grants and other funding opportunities to support innovative ideas and innovative people in Cranston.

♻️ Keep money circulating locally

Especially given the current financial crisis due to the global pandemic, it’s important to keep our money circulating locally. Steve joined Councilmember John Donegan to introduce an ordinance that will help keep tax dollars in Cranston by prioritizing bids for city contracts to businesses located right here in our community.

In addition to offering bid discounts to local businesses, the proposal also prioritizes bids from businesses owned by Black, indigenous, or other people of color, or women. These groups have historically been disadvantaged and had greater obstacles to doing business. Investing in these communities is one small way we can begin to undo the impacts of systemic racism and other forms of institutionalized marginalization.

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