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(w/ C. Broderick) Req. City Mgr. explore potential expansion of Lowell Stat Program to analyze public safety, quality of life and economic indicators in the downtown and neighborhood business districts.
(w/ C. Mendonca) Req. Mgr. report on potential partnership with UML on the Gig. U University Community Next Generation Innovation Project.
(w/ C. Kennedy) Req. City Council support a resolution, drafted by the law department, to join the city manager in opposition to the proposed cuts to MBTA service.
(w/ C. Broderick) Req. Mgr. report on renovation of city website to encourage greater use of online services, new forms of public engagement and increased potential for marketing and business development.
Req. Mgr. reconsider network of transit overlay districts with adjusted minimum parking requirements to encourage neighborhood business or affordable housing development with thorough transportation demand management plans.
Req. Mgr. report on potential of community benefit agreements for future large-scale urban renewal or development projects.
Req. Mgr. provide update on Tanner Street Initiative and plan for public participation.
Req. Mgr. report on development of public Wi-Fi zones, particularly within the proposed Cultural District.
Req. Mgr. review home business zoning regulations to potentially allow more employees and spur local job growth.
Req. Mgr. report on progress in making procurement decisions consistent with Local & Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy.
Req. Mgr. explore potential of a formal economic gardening initiative, GrowLowell, in partnership with UMass Lowell Management Dept and others.
Req. Mgr. report on job performance of TIF agreements and potential policy of reinvestment of new growth due to TIFs into economic development efforts.
Req. Mgr. work with LRTA and Youth Council to identify potential adjustments to bus service in order to increase work opportunities.
Req. Mgr./CFO provide Council with annual report referenced in the city investment policy and analysis of potential percentage preference for local community banks and credit unions.
Req. Mgr./DPD develop formal guidelines with the City Council on the future use of tax increment financing plans, particularly with respect to living wage and environmental standards.
Req. Mgr. explore potential of a system of bus shelters and bicycle racks with the LRTA and have DPD review corresponding plan for transit-overlay districts surrounding them.
Req. Mgr. have DPD review Historic District restrictions when in conflict with energy efficiency retrofits.
Req. Mgr. have appropriate depts report on event permitting, fee and invoice policies.
Req. Mgr. have DPD provide disaggregated data on Best Retail Practices Program.
Req. Mgr. report on current procurement policies with regard to the purchase of local and recycled products.
Req. Mgr. explore establishing Neighborhood Venture Fund and widen outreach efforts for existing grant and loan programs.
Req. Mgr. report on plans and progress toward a city-wide Sustainability Plan and MA Green Community status.
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