EDWARD HOFFMAN PLATFORM
"I come from a humble family and have been involved in the Liberian Community in Dallas/Fort Worth as far back as 1992. I want to work for you. I envision us creating a more sustainable community, bridging our divide, building on our gains, inspiring and helping teach our children about our proud Liberian culture and heritage. With over 22 years of unbroken service to the Liberian Community here in DFW and a solid background in Project and Business Management, I know what it takes to find innovative solutions, navigate complicated relationships, and simply get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
True community engagement has to do with more than just the ability to bring people together for events. True community engagement envisions a cohesive ecosystem where all members of the community can freely engage to build meaningful relationships and create viable networking opportunities that foster the kind of growth and development that can have a long term impact on a community.
Transparency is a key issue for any community organization and/or association if it is to be taken seriously by its stake holders, investors and donors. Any public organization and/or association that shuns transparency and accountability runs the risk of losing legitimacy and influence within the community it wishes to impact. Organizational transparency takes into consideration clear organizational goals, measurable outcomes, and a reporting methodology or practice that is straight forward and easy to decipher. Publically accountable associations owe it to their stake holders to provide a level of transparency that speaks to the excellence and integrity of its leadership.
CIVIC & CULTURAL EDUCATION
Civic education speaks to the need to educate current and future generations on issues of freedom, free society, and the merits of democracy as it relates to issues of human flourishing and social advancement. Cultural education, on the other hand, has to do with promoting and celebrating the shared values of a people as manifested in their respect for thier heritage, and the the various ways and means by which they express their customs. Thus developing initiatives centered around promoting these forms of education witin our community is crucial.
EDUCATION SUPPORT INITIATIVES
Developing initiatives whereby we can provide avenues for our children to be tutored, mentored and prepared for high levels of educational achievements is not merely a responsibility, but a duty if we are to build the kind of capacity and strength necessary for us to flourish as a community and be seen as a force to reckon with in civil society.
ECONOMIC & BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT
It is inexcusable that in a community of seven to ten thousand Liberians strong, we have failed to create a viable business and economic development network aimed at improving the economic status of our people, and at adding much needed value to our community as a whole. "Why wait on others to do for us what we can do for ourselves?" It is to this end that, one of the primary objectives of the Hoffman Administration will be to develop a framework for business networking, while promoting economic activities centered around exposing Liberian owned businesses to broader networks of economic diversity. At such, a directory of Liberian businesses will be a priority along with initiatives to develop an annual business fair and facilitate business education workshops that open up the community to opportunities for enlargement and expansion.
IMMIGRATION AWARENESS & SUPPORT
Immigration is important to my people therefore immigration is important to me. Thus, the Hoffman leadership intends to work tirelessly to facilitate PERIODIC IMMIGRATION SEMINARS that bring experts on the issues to speak to our people on ways of getting much needed help on addressing their immigration needs, and understanding changes in the law with regards to their statuses and how those changes can be leveraged.