Democratic candidate Shannon White released her economic plan Thursday. I asked her about her low poll numbers, and she said she’ll be rolling out more policy statements soon in hopes of attracting the considerable portion of undecided Democratic voters.

Here is her plan, edited for length:

Invest in Small and Medium Sized Businesses

As mayor, I would invest in small and medium sized local businesses with forgivable loans, incentives and encouragement.  As a small business owner, I understand how proactive investments can grow a business.  When companies start here and grow, then they stay and help drive our local economy for generations.  It is imperative that we invest in our own resources to boost the local economy.  We need to encourage all citizens to buy local first and be proactive with our investments. Small businesses, especially women-owned small businesses, are the catalyst we need to boost the economy.

Education Attainment

As mayor, I would work to provide incentives for people to go back to school, and if they’ve lost their jobs, then we need to retrain them in viable industry.

There are many neighborhoods in Louisville where a large portion of the population doesn’t even have a high school diploma, much less a college degree.  We need to work to make getting an education more attainable in low-income areas.  I would offer the GED program for free to those who make less than $10,000 per year. We already have a reduced rate through JCPS and the Louisville Free Public Library for these people, but if you make$10,000 a year, which is $192 a week,  $25 for a GED test is a financial impediment.

We also need to double our efforts to encourage back-to-school programs for those who have lost their jobs by retraining them in fields such as health care, logistics and other top industries in Louisville.

Public Private Partnerships

We need to develop more public private partnerships to help people get back to work.  I’ve empowered more than 3,000 women in the Louisville area to get back on their feet and back to work through the non-profit agency I founded called Dress for Success.  Our program was about encouraging these women and providing them with interview suits and career development.  It was about giving them confidence and the skills that allowed them to rejoin the local workforce.

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