Newly elected Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill released her “First 100 Days District Action Plan” on Tuesday, a road map that calls for her west Orlando constituents to take the reins of their own future.
Hill said she’s been working on the plan since she was sworn in to represent District 5 on June 2. It combines her own ideas with others she heard during her months on the campaign trail, where she talked about the need for jobs and economic development for a district that has lagged behind the rest of the city.
“It’s something to set a foundation so I’m not working without a vision,” Hill said.
The 19-page plan calls for more community involvement through regular neighborhood meetings, both with her and with other elected officials who represent the area. Hill plans to schedule a series of charettes, during which residents will brainstorm short- and long-term goals for their own neighborhoods.
There’s also a big focus on economic development, particularly helping small construction firms grow their businesses. Small subcontractors are sometimes unable to bid on contracts because they don’t have the financial resources to post a surety bond guaranteeing they’ll finish the job. Hill proposes seminars to help contractors increase their bonding capacity, an idea that was used during construction of the community venues.