Since moving to Cincinnati, Seth Maney has served as a two-term Vice President of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council, Trustee of Clifton Town Meeting, and on numerous community boards. As Executive Vice President of Urban Sites, Seth brought empty buildings back to life, filled vacant storefronts with small businesses, and revitalized business districts. A decade ago, Seth wrote his college thesis on Cincinnati's change of form of government to the hybrid "stronger mayor" form that we have now. It was then that he fell in love with the city and saw its potential for growth.
Seth Maney's Platform is a growth plan for Cincinnati. Seth believes the role of City Council is to maximize City Hall's operational efficiency, improve quality of life throughout the city, and attract and retain new jobs, visitors, and residents. As a real estate developer, community leader, and an urbanist, Seth Maney has applied the tools available to communities, businesses, and individuals to revitalize and improve Cincinnati's unique collection of neighborhoods.
Below are listed some of Seth's priorities. No matter one's priorities, the progress of the city is dependent on the growth of the city. Instead of fighting over a shrinking budget, we should be aligned, focused, and dedicated to the growth of our city.
Jobs & Growth
In 1960, Cincinnati was a city of 500,000 people; today, the population of the city is just shy of 300,000. After hemorrhaging population for 50 years, Cincinnati's population stabilized in 2010. In the last 7 years, the City has gain 1,800 residents. In those same 7 years, the city/county area of Denver gained 93,000 residents. On City Council, Seth Maney will be laser-focused on growth.
In today's economy, people choose where to live based off their ability to improve their lifestyle or advance their career. By keeping our fiscal house in order, optimizing the work of City Hall, keeping our streets safe and clean, listening to our neighborhoods, embracing the diversity of our population, and making strategic investments to grow our city, Cincinnati can continue its rise. Seth is proud to be considered "highly aligned" with the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.
Seth Maney has spent his entire professional career in the private sector and understands the importance of fiscal responsibility. As Vice President of Urban Sites and a real estate professional his entire adult life, Seth understands operating within a budget is not only good for the business of Cincinnati, it is the duty of our City Council.
As has been said before, "We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." As every Cincinnati family and business knows, we must balance our books. City Hall must be more efficient, effective, and responsive to the needs of taxpayers who fund it.
Transparency & Advocacy
As a two-term Vice President of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council and Trustee of Clifton Meeting, Seth Maney knows that neighborhoods and residents need an advocate on City Council. Seth believes the government works for the people and their interests are the interests of our public servants.
It is incumbent upon City Council to be a watchdog of taxpayer dollars and shine a light on waste and abuse. Seth believes in open and transparent government. To that end, Seth vows to respond to all citizen inquiries within one business day.
Seth is proud to be endorsed by the Cincinnati
Seth Maney is a strong supporter of our public safety professionals and is proud to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police. Seth supports fully funding police recruit classes so our police are not simply reactive, but proactive and engaging the community in a collaborative way.
Police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel are on the frontlines of keeping our city safe. Seth believes that all citizens deserve to feel safe in every neighborhood of Cincinnati. Additionally, public safety is also affected by other city departments. The City has a duty to enforce our laws and building codes in order to ensure that our neighborhoods are the best possible places to raise a family, start a business, or retire.
Transit & Infrastructure
In the 2015 Regional Indicators Report, Cincinnati was compared to 11 peer cities that we know we compete with for jobs and people. In nearly every category, Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half. We have a transit problem, and its solution cannot be solved by the City of Cincinnati alone.
Seth Maney will be a force for collaboration and a strong force for the creation of a smarter, more robust multimodal transit system that connects people to jobs and opportunity.
Our City's aging infrastructure is also a major concern. Seth's leadership is needed on City Council to tackle these challenges. For example, the Western Hills Viaduct, which serves as a gateway to the West Side and carries over 55,000 vehicles per day, is in a dire state of disrepair. The replacement of this vital connection to the West Side will require collaboration by the City, County, State, and Federal governments. Seth will lead this effort.
Equality and Inclusion
In order to continue to grow Cincinnati, we must make all feel welcome and work to ensure inclusion for all people. The struggle for equal treatment under law and economic inclusion continues. In 2014, Cincinnati scored 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. This designation is an achievement for those in the LGBT community. Seth is committed to protecting and honoring the progress that has been made in this area.
Unfortunately, the Cincinnati region lags the nation in racial economic equality. The 2017 Urban League report ranked Cincinnati 54th out of 71 metropolitan areas in black-white unemployment equality and 60th out of 71 in income inequality.
In December 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of a five-year survey on poverty in Ohio cities. Cincinnati's childhood poverty rate is unconscionably high at 45.5%. By comparison, the childhood poverty rate is 31.7% in Columbus.
By committing the City to pro-growth policies that make Cincinnati attractive to people who are looking to improve their lifestyle, advance their career, or start or grow their business, we can provide a ladder out of poverty for all Cincinnatians.