Jackson’s First Compromised Strategic Plan 2014 Action Plan for Mayoral Candidates

A Spirit of Solidarity should be manifested for the Jackson, Mississippi, mayoral race. The election date is April 8, 2014; the position is an honorable one, and the mayoral candidates should utilize a Compromised Strategic Plan, based on collective agreements, to affect a more persuasive race. FACT: Only one candidate will win!!
The candidates must get together before April 8, 2014, and select and endorse two candidates to run for the office of mayor for the City of Jackson; they should pool resources, expertise, and support the candidates’ campaign for the mayoral position; within seven days after the election, each candidate would be offered a management position in city government.
By Monday, April 14, 2014, these officials would announce Jackson’s First Compromised Strategic Plan – 2014; then management would incorporate its people-oriented platform in the day-to-day operations of city government.
The next mayor has to ask his management team four (4) big questions and act on them by April 14, 2014, i. e.
 Where are we today?
 What should we focus on today to get to where we want to be in the future?
 What has to change in order for us to get where we need to be?
 Where do we want to be in the future?
By May 1, 2014, the new mayor should ask him/herself three

 Who do I need to promote?
 Who do I need to demote?
 Who do I need to replace?
The mayor and his team should make a decision on these questions, and act on them by May 15, 2014; then create an Action Plan for Success, that moves in that direction. The City of Jackson’s leadership team must make adjustments to change the direction of the City through a Prioritized Compromised Strategic Plan.
Jackson’s Prioritized Compromised Strategic Plan would
Create a vision for the future, operate on a Mission Statement that is focused on the City’s—30, 60, or 90 day Action Plan, which would include the years 2015 – 2018. Jackson’s Prioritized Compromised Strategic Plan would align short-term goals with long term goals, and address five (5) comprehensive questions, particularly:
 Mandated Infrastructure upgrades, and Compliance Issues
 Business Development and Community-Based Realignment
 Metro-Jackson Criminal Reduction and Eradication
 Public School Reorganization and Empowerment
 Job Development and Career Exploration
1. Mandated Infrastructure Upgrades, Compliance Contracts
• Compliance contracts must include work plans, checklists, and a compliance officer.
• Water pipe replacement and sewer repair
• Street resurfacing

• Flood control plans

2. Business and Community Development Liberal Tax Incentives that includes a director and compliance officer who will report to the mayor.
• Create a grant writing department
• Apply for the 500 plus grants that are available for counties, cities, and municipalities
• Endorse Jackson’s First Employment Mandate

The city will hire skilled and professional Hinds County and Jackson residents to fill current vacancies and new jobs that are created by the management team; target business development in each ward with emphasis on collective economics and neighborhood rehabilitation.
Business and Community Development. Jackson’s business and Community Development Administration Team can have access to more than $400 Million if they have the will and skills to tap into the New Marketing Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. This federal program is intended to catalyze investments in small businesses and real estate developments in distressed communities throughout the City and Hinds County.
The New Marketing Tax Credit Program (NMTC) is set up to finance projects that are typically between $5 Million and $10 Million. The City of Jackson and Hinds County meet all of the eligibility requirements to receive NMTC funds. The requirements are:
 Location – Must be in a highly distressed area that is easy to identify;
 High Impact- The project must be needed in the community;
 But-For-Test- The project must need a subsidy to be a viable investment.
Examples of eligible projects that are needed in Jackson and Hinds County:
o Charter Schools, nonprofit headquarters, health centers,
o Retail/Office Space, Farish Street, Lake Hico,
o One Lake Project and the Convention Center Hotel.
If the Leadership Team in Jackson and Hinds County could envision these initiatives, $400 Million in tax credits and the responsible implementation of the 1% sales tax funds, Jackson, Mississippi would become the premier City in the South by 2018.
3. Metro-Jackson Criminal Reduction and Eradication Taskforce would include surrounding cities, counties, and federal strike teams, with emphasis placed on community policing, where street officers would park their cars at a central location, and use bicycles, scooters, and walk a beat in downtown Jackson and selected communities—where Police visibility would curtail criminal activities. Furthermore, there should be a certified civilian community patrol unit with certificates from the pistol range, and conflict resolution training.
4. A Public School Reorganization and Empowerment Plan should be put into place based upon the research of top school districts, in order to maintain Level “A” schools; further, implementation of a school-based adjustment policy with a prioritized checklist and compliance officers would enhance these new initiatives. The new leadership team would create career/technical work-ready training academics at each high school, and offer 9-12 month Certificates of Completions in technical career, and vocational areas. Programs for high school students will end at 4:30 p.m. Daily classes for county and city residents will start at 6:30 p.m., and end at 9:00 p.m. Saturday classes could start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
The Leadership Team can start acting on this plan within 30 days, continuing until all schools are upgraded to a Level “A” status.
5. The Job development and Career Exploration Commission would educate and train unemployed and underemployed residents of the City of Jackson. Said training components would encompass the City’s career and technical centers, local community colleges, and give scholarships and grants, not loans, to eligible individuals. Trainees employed by the City would sign a three (3) year work commitment or repay the scholarship; trainees that accept non-city jobs would repay the cost of their scholarship within one program year.
The above Job Development and Career initiatives would generate local funds to boost the tax base and reduce crime. Individuals who work eight hours are more per day are involved in fewer crimes. The end results would yield less stress on the criminal justice system. Additionally, Juvenile detention and adult incarceration numbers would decrease in the Metro-Jackson area. Finally, the model could be used in cities and counties (large and small), in Mississippi and throughout the nation.
Dr. Eldridge Henderson is the President of the Action Leadership Institute. He is available for Keynote Speeches and workshops at retreats and conferences. He can be contacted at (601) 201-1957 or emailed clu369@gmail.com.