During Councilman Gabe Leland’s first term on Detroit City Council, representing District 7, he has identified five priorities. The five priorities are the foundation in his representation of the citizens of Council District 7 and all Detroiters. As one of inaugural seven council members who represent citizens in a specific district, he is honored to serve as the first council representative for District 7.

 

  • Jobs and Economic Development Priority One: Until there are more jobs in our city, many Detroiters’ basic needs for housing, food, clothing and medical will not be met.
    • Job opportunities are needed by Detroit’s adults who desire to contribute their skills and talents in return for the resources to live and play in our city, and by young Detroiters who are graduating from school, want to stay in the city and seek employment.
    • Councilman Leland is committed to seeking and securing, in collaboration with his colleagues and the Duggan Administration, economic platforms that bring jobs to our city for Detroiters.
    • As Chair of the Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Councilman Leland will work to ensure that this is a priority area in maximizing the opportunities in our city for growth.
    • Councilman Leland will hold business owners and developers accountable when they make commitments to hire Detroiters and Detroit-based businesses by initiating regular check-ins with development projects and existing businesses.
    • Under his leadership, we will work to diversify the job opportunities in our city and the locations of the jobs by maximizing the assets and opportunities available in District 7 and all seven districts.

 

  • Gabe’s Literacy Initiative: Reducing illiteracy will lift up Detroit children to excel as they learn and later become leaders in our community, and it will better prepare Detroit adults who face this economic disparity challenge for jobs coming into our city.
    • Illiteracy is a major component in economic disparity that faces Detroit families.
    • The ability to read provides access to many opportunities in our community and around the world.
    • Councilman Leland will partner with schools, foundations, community groups and residents to initiate proactive reading programs.
    • Reducing the gap by increasing literacy among Detroit’s children will help make them more successful in school and more aware of their potential in life.
    • Addressing illiteracy among Detroit adults will better prepare them for the jobs that are coming into our city.

 

  • Strong Neighborhoods: The quality of life Detroit residents experience every day is limited in many neighborhoods – it’s disrespectful to our residents to allow this to occur.
    • The quality of life has been declining in our neighborhoods for decades; that is evident.
    • Councilman Leland will work diligently with the Duggan Administration and my colleagues to improve city services, reduce blight, reduce crime and bring development to our communities.
    • Councilman Leland will partner with residents, neighborhood associations and community organizations to help keep our streets clean, and our parks clean and functional
    • The “tale of two cities:” There is a gap between the quality of life for residents who live in areas including Downtown, Midtown and Corktown compared with our core neighborhoods.
    • Councilman Leland will work collaboratively duplicate the efforts that have been done to improve the quality of life in Downtown, Midtown and Corktown into our core neighborhoods that maximizes the assets we have in District 7 and all seven districts.

 

  • Safe Neighborhoods:  Without a sense of security in our neighborhoods and a confidence that police officers, firefighters and EMS technicians will respond timely during an emergency, Detroiters will continue to move from this city.
    • A sense of a safety by residents and business owners is a basic need.
    • Together, we will partner with residents and business owners to identify crime patterns and implement community policing efforts in more neighborhoods.
    • Councilman Leland will encourage business owners and events to offset the costs of providing security, which will lead to more police officers in the neighborhoods.
    • Councilman Leland will collaborate with my colleagues and the Duggan Administration to identify grants to provide more police officers, firefighters, EMS technicians and the necessary public safety equipment.
    • As your councilman, Councilman Leland will hold the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department leaders accountable for their commitments to improve service.

 

  • Access to Technology: There continues to be an Internet divide in our city and access to technology and Internet connection hampers growth.
    • Many Detroit children lack access to technology to advance their studies, and many Detroit adults lack access to the Internet for continuing education and job searches.
    • Councilman Leland will partner with Detroit-based technology businesses to help provide training to families in the neighborhoods.
    • Councilman Leland will identify funding opportunities for technology which includes partnering with community organizations to provide access.
    • Councilman Leland will work to identify technology hubs in the community to improve access.
    • Together, we will encourage that technology is better utilized for workforce training to help further Detroiters’ job skills.