Mannis targets arts, economics and health in mayoral plan

Eddie Mannis / Source: (WVLT)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Eddie Mannis released details on his initiative and plans for Knoxville if he becomes Knoxville's next mayor.

"As mayor, Eddie Mannis will lead the city to create a strategic plan that ensures Knoxville is competitive and all neighborhoods are included," his website said.

According to Mannis' website, his team has a strategic development plan that targets: arts and culture, economic development, efficient and effective government, health and safety, neighborhood livability and transportation.

“The Mayor and City Council change every four to eight years,” Mannis said. “The lack of a strategic visioning plan leads to a lack of consistent momentum for our city. A strategic visioning plan is simply a documented, systematic approach by which a community anticipates and plans for its future, and provides a framework so that decisions are not made in a vacuum.”

The initiative said Mannis has plans for for neighborhoods outside of the downtown area. "We must make sure that Norwood, Burlington, Bearden, Inskip, Vestal, Fountain City, Cumberland Estates, Colonial Village, Parkridge, West Hills, Alice Bell and the rest of the city’s incredible neighborhoods all feel like they’re just as much a part of Knoxville’s long-term strategy.”

Mannis said the strategic plan is so important that, if elected, he plans to create a staff position to help coordinate plans. For more information, go to Mannis' website here.

He is set to face off against Indya Kincannon, the other candidate for Knoxville mayor.

Kincannon wants to tackle a host of issues: climate change, affordable housing and homelessness, sustainable economic development, quality schools, strong neighborhoods, transparent government, efficient services, opioid epidemic, public safety and civility.

On climate change, Kincannon said, “Climate change is real and it is hurting our environment, our health and our economy. We need to think creatively and collaboratively about how to reduce our carbon emissions as a community,” Kincannon said.

For homelessness and affordable housing, Kincannon said, "I support the Housing First model of addressing homelessness. Give people a roof over their heads first, then dealing with mental health and other issues becomes more feasible."

Kincannon said she wants to see revitalization in areas beyond Gay Street and Market Square. " As Mayor I will work with banks and non-profits to transform everyday financial practices into savings and credit-building opportunities. Programs like lending circles and no-interest micro-loans can help low-income families move towards greater financial independence and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams."

To see Kincannon's stance on the other issues, go here.

To get information on how to register to vote, go here.

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