Future Preparedness

Mark Wackerfuss
by Mark Wackerfuss | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

My idea involves using the funds as a mini economic stimulus for our city to give folks meaningful employment and give people a sense of pride in our community helping others to suceed, along with themselves. This can be done through putting people on the sidewalks, riverfront, and in buildings of Saint Paul helping other people out by merely giving change for a dollar at a parking area, helping elderly folks accross the street, or giving someone a certificate for a free meal at a Saint Paul eatery. The people hired to do this just need to be friendly and have pride in our community for making Saint Paul better for everyone. The great thing about my mini stimulus idea is this does not require all sorts of specialized skills for these new workers and can put hard working Saint Paul residents back to work locally, and prospectively, connected with other people in Saint Paul who could help them find work. One thought is that local veterans can be put to work in our community immediately for helping secure our schools, streets, and riverfront parks by their " boots on the ground" approach to helping out at festivals and other events in Saint Paul rather than having exhorberent costs associated with overtime paid uniformed police presence in Saint Paul duruing these events lowering costs and putting Saint Paulites back to work. My overall philosophy for my idea is to " think big by starting small".

About You

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About You

First Name

Mark

Last Name

Wackerfuss

City

Woodbury

County

Washington

Country

United States, MN, Washington County

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

No one

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

City Pages

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Emergency Operations Plans, Consultants, and Training ,Inc.

Organization Website

Organization Phone

651 340 7948

Organization Address

883 Meadow Lane

City

Woodbury

Organization Country

United States, MN, Washington County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Future Preparedness

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

My idea involves using the funds as a mini economic stimulus for our city to give folks meaningful employment and give people a sense of pride in our community helping others to suceed, along with themselves. This can be done through putting people on the sidewalks, riverfront, and in buildings of Saint Paul helping other people out by merely giving change for a dollar at a parking area, helping elderly folks accross the street, or giving someone a certificate for a free meal at a Saint Paul eatery. The people hired to do this just need to be friendly and have pride in our community for making Saint Paul better for everyone. The great thing about my mini stimulus idea is this does not require all sorts of specialized skills for these new workers and can put hard working Saint Paul residents back to work locally, and prospectively, connected with other people in Saint Paul who could help them find work. One thought is that local veterans can be put to work in our community immediately for helping secure our schools, streets, and riverfront parks by their " boots on the ground" approach to helping out at festivals and other events in Saint Paul rather than having exhorberent costs associated with overtime paid uniformed police presence in Saint Paul duruing these events lowering costs and putting Saint Paulites back to work. My overall philosophy for my idea is to " think big by starting small".

Website address (if applicable)

Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

My ideas is unique in its simplistic approach to solving a variety of problems all at once rather than segmenting problems into its micro-parts. My idea would solve issues of food, clothing, and shelter by giving people in our community meaningful employment at a livable wage, promote a "we are all in this together attitude" among people that live and work in Saint Paul, and protect our residents so that it feels safe to walk around Saint Paul at night and on the weekends. The uniquiness of this opportunity is that it does not require the participants to have pursued a college degree. The ony requirement is for someone to be friendly, trusting, and a good conversationalist.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The difference is that people would start believing that cooperation really works and is just not some term politicians keep spewing off to get reelected. It would be a blueprint for cooperation through other cities ,counties and states for the future preparedness of a realistic community of cooperation and commitment to your particular community that you reside in.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

In the first year through the funds provided I would suspect over 100 people would be employed in this endeavor and it would spread to a national campaign headquartered in Saint Paul, Mn. It would be remembered by having provided direct assistance, in some form, to over 25% of the daily population in Saint Paul during that first year alone. I see this venture as the antonym of companies like Blackwater/Halliburton and suspect that, if run properly, it could be a multi-million dollar worldwide industry based in Saint Paul within a number of years.