Topic

economic growth

10 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Antonio Tajani, Jacinda Ardern, Antonio Tajani, Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Winston Peters

Give New Zealand free movement within EU block as an independent like Switzerland!

Create closer ties between New Zealand and EU by putting in place a new free movement policy between New Zealand and the EU. You can see this working very well between Switzerland and EU as an example. By allowing free movement, both EU and New Zealand will boost each other's economies and create more job opportunities for both ends. It has nothing to do with the geographical positioning, but more to do with if the visions of the two entities align, which they do very strongly.My personal scenario is that as a migrant from New Zealand in EU (Currently in the Netherlands) I am severely limited in the following ways (I will only detail one or two): - I have to live 5 continuous years of my life in the Netherlands before I can gain residence. This means that until I get residence, I can't do what other EU residents can do for example: Work in Netherlands, but live just outside on the German border where it is cheaper for example and the scenery is more to our mental/emotional taste. - I can't take out the necessary loans from banks due to the time limitation on my Visa to improve my living conditions in for example my home or a more suitable working car, etc. - The list goes on and on Instead of having to try and deal with every different EU country's different residence requirements, why not just let New Zealand citizens have free movement, so we can live and work anywhere in EU to contribute in all manners of highly skilled employment.  Look how well it is working for Switzerland!! If Switzerland can do it, why can't New Zealand?! Just imagine the possibilities and the drop of monopoly amongst businesses in NZ for example..... Disclaimer: I am happy to explain in more detail the motivation as we get more people interested if the motivation is not already clear enough in this description.

Kevin Groves
219 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A River-Friendly and Fiscally Responsible Future for the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam

The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (NSBLD) located on the Savannah River is in need of major rehabilitation. Studies are underway to determine a solution for its future, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking input from local city officials, industry and the public in general before moving forward. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) mitigation agreements require the construction of a passage for migratory fish species. The cost of that project is currently estimated at $36M, and existing models involved diverting the river around the failing lock and dam. New federal legislation allows the Corps of Engineers to explore using SHEP funds designated only for the fish passage to also address rehabilitation of the NSBLD, for which there is currently no source of funding.  Savannah Riverkeeper advocates for the construction of a rock dam in place of the current dam, as well as rehabilitation of the existing lock system, which would: Meet criteria for the required fish passage; Maintain the functions of pool and flood control the Lock & Dam has provided for upstream users;  Save millions in local funds by combining two projects; and  Pave the way to opportunities for enhanced river recreation and economic growth in the area.  Sign on to the petition to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other decision-makers that you support this innovative and cost-effective solution for our Savannah River. 

Savannah Riverkeeper
521 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Fred Thiele Jr., Kenneth P. LaValle, Cara Longworth, Kevin Law, RuthAnne Visnauskas, Brian Sapp, Annie Donovan, Lindsey Boylan, Matt Cohen, Stuart Rabinowitz

Opportunity Zones Designation for Riverside (Census Tract 36103190401)

Include Riverside in Opportunity Zones Program                                            Part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 We are garnering the support of local elected officials and residents to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY to designate the Hamlet of Riverside in the Town of Southampton (Census tract 36103190401) as an Opportunity Zone as created in the new “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”. The deadline for Governor Cuomo to act is April 20th, 2018. The Southampton Town Board took action on March 15, 2018, by approving Res-2018-294: Memorializing Resolution Requesting The Governor to Include the Southampton Town Census Tracts of Riverside and Flanders in the State’s Economic Opportunity Zone Program. The Opportunity Zone program was enacted to encourage the flow of investment capital into historically disinvested and hard to invest in areas. Riverside not only needs this investment, but the community and the Town have already done the work to allow for significant investment. The FULLY APPROVED Riverside Revitalization Action Plan is the largest workforce housing project ever approved on Long Island, with 3.1 million square feet of mixed-uses including 2,262 residential units, Riverside will serve as a model for environmentally sensitive development on Long Island. The Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has designated over $100 Million for construction of a sewage treatment plant in Riverside and Flanders. A 10,000SF medical office space is currently undergoing site plan approvals using the underlying zoning while taking advantage of the new form-based code. Also, a 50 room hotel with a rooftop restaurant is currently being planned; however, to move forward, they need to have access to sewers. The Hamlet of Riverside is one of the most disinvested communities in all of Long Island. Ranked as the most economically distressed community in Suffolk County. Its property values are one-third of Gordon Heights, and the median income of Riverside residents is $20,000 per year; less than half of the median income of Wyandanch. Riverside has been the recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) funding. The Town of Southampton, FRNCA, Renaissance Downtowns and Riverside Rediscovered have been able to leverage funding to support community economic development that include CDBG funding for the construction of a Community Center that will house the Children’s Museum of the East End, and $150,000 from BOA to pay for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) required for new zoning. FRNCA and Riverside Rediscovered strongly believe that Riverside would greatly benefit from being designated as an Opportunity Zone as it would invite further private investment and foster the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses, a mix of housing options, better infrastructure, and much more. Opportunity Zone designation would further spur the Hamlet’s revitalization efforts and aid in the transformation of this developing success story. We are asking for your support in delivering this message to the Governor.

FRNCA- Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association
732 supporters