Ellis Discusses Plan to Reduce Poverty in Macon | News
Former Macon mayor C. Jack Ellis says he's put together eight steps that will reduce poverty in the city.
Ellis says nearly four out of ten people in Macon make less than $25,000 a year. His plan to change that includes boosting resources for education, improving mass transportation, and creating more mixed-income housing.
He says he will look for federal and state grants and create a task force of people from throughout the community.
"Appointed to that task force would be members of DFACS, the school system, the faith community, other organizations," Ellis explains. "Getting all those members around the table and coming up with a strategic plan, because there is a lot of information that these individuals can share with me."
Some of his other steps to reduce poverty include creating computer and technology centers, finding training opportunities for ex-offenders looking for jobs, and reducing teen pregnancy.
Ellis will face off with current Mayor Robert Reichert in the October 15th runoff.