The Initiative strives to promote flexibility, efficiency and grassroots public/private efforts to solve problems perhaps relating to the loss of municipal assets and/or opportunities negatively impacting you and your neighbors. This can be done through local grassroots organizing and forming a collaborative relationship with; government, other local and civic organizations with a focus on the betterment of the communities in which we live. Goals might include tax base stability. For example, such a grassroots partnering could include the creation of local "Innovation Zones" and a coordinated deployment strategy.
Such a strategy could be designed and promoted through citizen collaborative that can be used to neutralize the effects caused by the loss of key technology based industries and this loss on the local community, Monmouth County and New Jersey including (but not limited to); 1) the loss of Fort Monmouth due to BRAC, 2) the shutdown and sale of the original Bell Laboratories in Holmdel and the associated migration from the area of 25000 high paying, technology based jobs and the subsequent loss of related tax revenues. Grassroots organizing by district could become a powerful tool with which to counter such negative events. Such an approach could include:
Encouraging growth of startup businesses in collaboration with government, local citizen support groups and volunteers, and the commercial sector to create a mutually beneficial environment for Innovation Zone development
Developingareas where locally based support exists to attract innovation based startup businesses
Developing or Identifying Public/Private resources to facilitate job and industry creation
Helping build a local infrastructure and environment that can encourage local job and industry creation
Establishing local and regional"Communities-of-Interest" organized by district according to shared organizational and project related goals