Our city and state face new challenges in the coming years. We must seek innovative solutions to make sure we aren't missing out on valuable sources of funding for projects all over the city. The city should hire a grant writer - or designate me as its grant writer. Millions of dollars in grants are available to cities like Morgantown to support everything from public-land purchases to enhancements to community theaters to innovations in community responses to problems with drug abuse and crime. We should pursue all of them.
An outstanding city advocate could also be hired to engage with the governor and the legislatures in Charleston and Washington to ensure that we receive our fair share, to advocate for projects in our area, and to extend home rule.