this to this (Rev. Charles Harrison) and all points in between.
So why create a fund for these guys? Simple we think that IMPD/Community relations could play a significant role in the upcoming municipal elections. Unlike past Republican mayors in the past Mayor Greg Ballard (GBAL) doesn't have a 10% voter cushion to insulate himself against the machinations an organized and vocal African-American community (specificaly black churches). We believe that this particular adminstration has little room for error and if they want a second term having a non-combative relationship with the black community is absolutely necessary.
This has been the traditional role of the Deputy Mayor's position however we've yet to see Ballard deploy Deputy Mayor OlgenWilliam (OWMS) in any meaningful way or Williams use his existing talents and networks to strengthen these relationships.
We understand that Ballard has scheduled a sitdown meeting with these pastors so as a results we open the fund with a very strong number as the first step to influencing public policy is securing a seat at the table .
We will also raise Mayor Ballard's stock for having the foresight to head off political problems before they begin. Of course it remains to be seen what the outcomes of this little powwow will bring. Bottom line, if the politicans don't get this solved you can kiss downtown business profits, Black Expo's future success, and the 2012 Super Bowl goodbye.
UP: AMCO $120, GBAL $100