Angel Taveras, Mayor, Providence, RI
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Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Create green jobs, strengthen a New Economy workforce, and support minority owned businesses by retrofitting local housing and municipal buildings.
Angel Taveras was sworn in as Providence’s 37th mayor and the city’s first Latino mayor in January 2011. He is the third elected Dominican-American mayor in the United States. Prior to his election, Mayor Taveras served as a Providence Housing Court Judge and was an accomplished attorney with Brown Rudnick, LLP before starting his own firm. Throughout his career, Mayor Taveras has demonstrated a profound commitment to public service. Mayor Taveras was a founding board member of New Urban Arts and served on the board of the Providence Plan and on the International Institute’s Board of Advisors.
The Mayor has developed and launched several initiatives which have put Providence workers back to work in sustainable, New Economy positions, including green construction jobs supported by locally-owned contractors. The city has leveraged federal stimulus dollars and private dollars to take the lead in the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and the Emerald Cities Collaborative to map out the housing stock in the city’s poorest neighborhoods as well as municipal and school buildings. The city is also working with community partners to train and employ local workers and build capacity for Minority Based Employers (MBEs) to retrofit and upgrade housing stock and municipal buildings. This multi-faceted economic development strategy strengthens a skilled New Economy work force, creates jobs, rebuilds our neighborhoods, reduces the city’s carbon footprint by weatherizing housing and building stock and has the potential to save taxpayer dollars in reduced energy consumption by municipal buildings.