Conley, Golar Richie, Arroyo tout economic plans

Using Labor Day as a springboard, mayoral hopeful Daniel F. Conley issued wide-ranging proposals Monday for increasing economic opportunities in Boston. Two other candidates, Felix G. Arroyo and Charlotte Golar Richie, also released job plans.

Conley, the Suffolk district attorney, rolled out his vision at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain, with proposals including investment in green jobs, increasing family-friendly housing, development around public transit lines, marketing the city’s creative economy, and connecting start-ups with venture capitalists.

“Each and every one of you, each and every citizen of Boston, has a place in this plan,’’ Conley said, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by the campaign. “It was written for you. It’s a roadmap for how we keep and how we grow our middle class. It’s about keeping and growing jobs in every corner of the city and in every economic sector.’’


His plan calls for enforcing requirements that Boston residents have jobs in the building trades, investing in job training programs, including in the health care sector, creating vocational technical high schools, and increasing support for summer and year-round jobs for young people.

In addition, Conley proposes creating neighborhood development teams, streamlining the permit process for small businesses, improving their chances of winning city contracts; and revitalizing Boston’s main streets.

Conley also said he wants to connect and extend Boston’s fibre optic network, retain more college graduates, and set aside 5 percent of commercial space for start-ups and local small businesses.

“From the small businesses that line our neighborhood main streets to Boston’s largest employers headquartered downtown, it talks about strategies to help them grow and reducing the red tape that gets in the way,’’ Conley said of his plan.

Also today, Golar Richie released ideas for how to increase jobs in Boston.

Presenting a plan in a half-dozen bullet points, Golar Richie drew on figures from January’s Economy Report by Boston Redevelopment Authority. That report, her campaign said, estimates that 17,000 jobs will be added in Boston over the next three years.

“I will push to double that number during my first term,’’ she said in a statement, promising to work with trade unions to expand apprenticeship programs and fund new vocational training at Madison Park High School in Roxbury.


Doing so, her statement said, would help prepare workers, “especially young people, to work on the construction of the projected 30,000 housing units coming on-line by 2020.’’

One of six candidates of color competing to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Golar Richie is the only woman in the race and formerly was a state representative.

She also promised to advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $11 an hour and to create a Mayor’s Jobs Council of advisers drawn from fields including finance, health care, higher education, and real estate to monitor her plan and make additional recommendations.

Arroyo, a city councilor, laid out his plan at the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development in South Boston.

His proposals include supporting small business growth, advocating for a living wage and workers’ right to organize, improving job training programs for adults, providing universal early childhood education, increasing affordable housing, and expanding the hours of operation for public transportation.

“I believe in a Boston where everyone has opportunities to succeed,’’ Arroyo said in a statement. “People can only have that opportunity if there is a clear pathway out of poverty.’’


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