PBN: Five Questions With Sabina Matos
By Mary MacDonald -January 18, 2019 2:55 am
5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council
1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods?Successful economic development depends a lot on the people involved. … We have to put people first. If we are serious about economic development, we have to be equally serious about improving the education system that prepares our workforce to be competitive. We have to be serious about making it easier for existing small businesses and startups to prosper in our neighborhoods.
2. You are a first-generation immigrant. How can the city make sure immigrants have an opportunity to move up economically? Whether they arrived from Ireland or Italy a century ago, or more recently from the Dominican Republic, as was my case, access to a quality education has always been the determining factor in upward mobility for generations of immigrants. However, we continue to fail a lot of our children, particularly in households where English is the second language. It's time to put everything on the table, start an honest dialog with all stakeholders to support those things that work and reform those that don't.
Courtesy of Providence Business News