Michael Syphoe to run for chair

The Covington News - - ELECTION 2016 - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Let’s be the team that reignites the econ­omy of New­ton County and im­ple­ment sus­tain­able work force de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.”

Michael Syphoe an­nounced, Mon­day, his can­di­dacy for Chair of the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

Syphoe, run­ning on the slo­gan “Let’s make it hap­pen to­gether,” serves on the boards of the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and Cov­ing­ton Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

“Let’s be the team that reignites the econ­omy of New­ton County and im­ple­ment sus­tain­able work force de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives,” Syphoe said. “Let’s be the team to tackle the land­fill is­sues and de­velop so­lu­tions to ad­dress the trou­ble­some in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems in our com­mu­ni­ties. Let’s take ad­van­tage of our world class busi­ness in­vest­ments and de­velop a com­pet­i­tive brand that can pro­duce un­lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren in the fu­ture.”

Syphoe has a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree from Ken­tucky State Univer­sity in Political Sci­ence and Eco­nom­ics and a Mas­ter of City Plan­ning de­gree from Ge­or­gia Tech.

He pro­vides con­sult­ing ser­vices to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors through­out the south­east. His pro­fes­sional fo­cus in­cludes de­vel­op­ing sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, pro­ject im­ple­men­ta­tion, real es­tate fi­nance and con­sen­sus build­ing.

“I am a vi­sion­ary ur­ban plan­ner with over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” Syphoe said. “The chal­lenges we face to­day are clearly not the re­sult of sys­tem fail­ure. It is clearly the in­abil­ity of our lead­ers to es­tab­lish re­al­is­tic goals and sus­tain­able growth strate­gies.”

Syphoe, who is run­ning as a Demo­crat, at­tends Graves Chapel AME Church with his wife of 30 years, Au­drey and two chil­dren.

“If I am elected, I shall re­gard my elec­tion as proof that the peo­ple of New­ton County have de­cided to set a new agenda,” he said. “This an­nounce­ment is just the start of a move­ment to change the political cul­ture in New­ton County.

“I chal­lenge all cit­i­zens to fo­cus on the is­sues,” he said.

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