Toledo Mayoral candidate discusses economic development plans

Toledo Mayoral candidate discusses economic development plans

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo Mayoral candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz talked economic development Thursday morning.

He says if elected, he will hire an economic development staff, develop a business retention program and establish stronger relationships with UT and other higher education institutions.

Most importantly, Kapszukiewicz says he will improve efficiencies in city offices, especially the building inspection department.

Kapszukiewicz was endorsed by several business groups including the Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association, Toledo Board of Realtors and the United Building Trades Council.

"What I want to do is fundamentally change the way the city of Toledo's government works," Kapszukiewicz said. "We need to change. We need to adapt. We have to become more business friendly."

WTOL reached out to Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson for a response. Her campaign sent the following statement:

Wade isn't proposing a plan, he's spewing more political rhetoric. Toledo's economic development team has been working hard as evidenced by $3 billion in investment in our city and the creation or retention of nearly 10,000 jobs. She's saved the taxpayer's money by making the city government more effective and efficient.

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