One way to build a strong economy is by bringing in jobs; from one or more industries outside of hospitality.
A perfect example but not limited to is:
Growing and harvesting natural, organic and wild-crafted herbs, essential oils, and minerals. This is currently an in-demand industry with the potential to thrive. It’s used in all natural soaps, skincare products, cosmetics and many other natural and organic products.
We could partner up with UNM-Taos, and other Taos schools to provide training with incentives like college/High School Credit, or a certificate.
There are established organizations, and grant money that can assist us through the process.
Because it’s Semi-Skilled/Skilled people can be paid higher wages.
When you bring in jobs and work on affordable housing, you’re also working on homelessness. Some parts of the homelessness problem are due to addiction issues. We should be providing better treatment programs,
We as a community, focus on rehabilitation so much that we’re losing sight of the main idea. Don’t get me wrong, rehabilitation centers, and mental health professionals are greatly needed. However, I believe we are looking at it backwards: while, these facilities are great, and serve a valuable purpose, EVERY mental/behavioral health even rehabilitation center all have one thing in common. They all serve people who have already been exposed to drugs and alcohol, and/or already addicted, have experienced trauma and in need of care, or struggling with many disadvantages (financially, socially, or culturally). However, we cannot create a solution if we are not first working on PREVENTION. It’s never going to matter how many systems we have set in place for them AFTER the matter, and therein lays the crux.
We should be focusing on the now. We have another generation of kids growing up in Taos with nothing to do. If Taos continues to be the “nothing to do town” for kids, the problem WILL multiply…AND… it is much cheaper to prevent an issue than it is to clean it up. My youth night club proposition is a way to empower and engage our youth while also generating local revenue.
There is grant money there!!
Back to the breaking and entering: Should we be looking into upgrading our police department? How does COMMUNITY and businesses feel about neighborhood watch organizations? Hire security? Cameras? Alarm systems? Remember: Your input matters. WE as a community could offer our support.
As A Council member I will work with the police department to help guide neighborhood watch programs.
First post coming soon……
Meanhile, please be sure to take part in this years town council elections. quite the interesting race we have. The millenials are stepping up!
Vote Melanie D. Baca on March 6, 2018!
Thanks for your vote!