PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Travis Gilpin
believes community empowerment leads to thriving communities, which is why he celebrates a current report
in Scoop that highlights the attributes of a flourishing community. The article spotlights councilor candidate, Christine Rose, who strongly asserts that "Communities should be empowered to develop their own social and economic futures." She responds to a series of workshops run by visiting neighborhood organizer, Jim Diers from Seattle, who is on his third trip advising New Zealanders on how to best develop thriving communities.
"Thriving communities are those that manifest their own visions and desires, working on local strengths and networks," said Rose. "Instead of top-down planning, communities need to be established from the bottom up, to innovate and create lively living spaces where public life is the norm."
Rose continues to remark on why she believes too many communities are divided. "Roads shape our civic life, meaning we're socially isolated and local economies suffer. By bringing the local back into local government and giving communities the tools to lead investment, everyone benefits. We then end up with town centers that are humming, people-oriented and economically viable," she said.
As an individual with 15 years of local and regional government experience, Rose supports affordable, good quality and well-designed housing. Travis Gilpin wholeheartedly concurs with her sentiment to create thriving community centers. By creating affordable housing within communities, Gilpin believes there are undeniable benefits. "When you consider the sheer volume of working families and individuals who are living at below-poverty levels and take into consideration the lack of housing, it is truly devastating," he said. "I support charity organizations like Habitat for Humanity, which depends on the generosity of those who will either donate funds or volunteer to help. However, I do wish legislative action would supply additional funding and pass housing laws that make home ownership more affordable."
By contributing taxes, creating jobs and adding local income to the market, the National Association of Home Builders predicts that an additional 100 homes in a community could generate over 280 new jobs. "Businesses often look at the affordable housing market in a community for employees before they consider expanding or locating there," he said.
"Improved housing also draws in other investments that revitalize communities, like shopping centers and tourist activities." While Travis Gilpin spends the majority of his time devoted to his companies and the marketing efforts of Consolidated Reinforcement, he enjoys participating in various other community networks and charities. Given his experience with marketing and public relations in the business realm, he serves on the Community Advisory Board of the public radio and television outlet KLRU. He also supports the Austin City Limits program and Habitat for Humanity. Travis Gilpin donates plenty of piping, concrete and other materials to various local projects associated with the community-oriented charity.
is an entrepreneur of engineering, serving as the current vice president of Consolidated Reinforcement, a family-run business of 11 years. He resides in Victoria, Texas and works diligently at the engineering company, which has grown into one of the largest rebar and post-tension resources in the state. Not only does he contribute to the marketing of Consolidated Reinforcement, but he also made his own personal mark by starting Gilpin Extrusion, a reinforcement materials supplier and extension of Consolidated. In his free time, he enjoys donating to worthy causes, like Habitat for Humanity.