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Jeff Knorr

Jeff Knorr

What is your educational/professional background?
- Masters in Business and Construction Management from the School of Real Life

- Owner/President JKC inc General Contractor for 20 years

I have always had a strong work ethic and a love of creating things. I worked in a cabinet shop and on a framing crew before starting my own construction company at age 22. I started out with my tools, my truck and a lot of determination. Today, JKC inc General Contractor is an award winning local construction company directly employing 8 full time employees and indirectly helping to employ hundreds of others. I understand the challenges faced by our small business community and what a business needs to grow and survive in the ever changing marketplace.

How long have you lived in Flagstaff?
31 years. Leaving a farming background in Illinois behind, my family relocated to Flagstaff when I was 11 years old. I have called Flagstaff home ever since. I attended Thomas Elementary School, East Flagstaff Junior High School (currently MEMS), Coconino High School and Coconino Community College. I now have 3 generations of family living in Flagstaff.

Why did you decide to make Flagstaff your home?
After relocating from the Mid-West, Flagstaff quickly became home. I love the outdoor environment, the four seasons, the proximity to many amazing places to explore and the cultural diversity of the region. Flagstaff embraced me and my family and we embraced it back. With deep roots and an established business, I can't imagine anywhere I would rather live and raise my family.

Why are you running for city council?
I am running for City Council to serve the community I call home. Local level politics offers the chance to be involved in the decisions that directly effect all of our daily lives. I know very few issues are one sided, so I will bring a balanced viewpoint and a willingness to make hard choices to Council in order to lead our citizens effectively.

My 3 main objectives are :
-Affordable Housing options
-Support for our local businesses
-Focus on core services and fiscal responsibility
These items, especially affordable housing options, have gotten a lot of talk but very little concrete action. I plan to use my construction/business background to offer solutions through the private sector without raising taxes. Government's role should be to lay the ground work for solutions and then get out of the way. With your help, I will bring my common sense approach to City Council.

How do you think as a member of council you can help improve our community’s economic outlook?
As a member of Council one way I can strengthen the economic outlook is by supporting our business community through smarter regulation. Our businesses are the backbone of the City and they need a Council that understands this. The City does better when it's citizens do better. More sales = more sales tax revenue. Smart growth = more property tax revenue. More jobs = better lives, less need for assistance, more spending, more opportunity and better wages . All this is possible while retaining our close knit community and outdoor values. Additional funding sources will enhance the services the City is able to provide without burdening our Citizens with higher taxes or user fees. As a business survivor of the recent recession, I will bring my skills and grit to the City's budget oversight process and a common sense approach to regulation.

What do you see as being the biggest hindrance to strengthening Flagstaff’s economy? How would you fix it?
I don't think there is one single hindrance to strengthening Flagstaff's economy, but some of the biggest issues facing our community are lack of a well trained and educated workforce, the high cost of relocating employees, the high cost of developing raw land, the lack of sites ready for new businesses and a system that can sometimes burden our existing businesses. To strengthen Flagstaff's economy, I plan to focus on our many assets and attributes to provide an environment our existing and future businesses need to succeed. Given our land and water constraints, certain industries are going to be a better fit than others. However, the entire City can benefit from policies that provide more affordable housing options, encourage new business recruitment/development and work toward retaining our existing businesses. Additionally, encouraging education and training opportunities that match our business needs will benefit the entire community by providing increased job potential and opportunities.