Economic Recovery

2020 has been incredibly difficult for our country, our state, and our region as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our personal and professional lives. We have worked tirelessly to ensure the business community has the information and tools they need to continue overcome adversity and keep their business thriving.

FEDERAL RESPONSE


  • Continue to advocate for more economic recovery funds to help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic
  • Advocate for additional funding and flexibility for programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and funds for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to directly help small businesses
  • Seek additional funding for educational institutions, tourism, industries and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic
  • Ensure state and local municipal governments have the flexibility to spend federal disaster funds to address specific needs without additional bureaucratic deadlines on when to spend funds
  • Support efforts to provide targeted, temporary, and timely federal liability protections for businesses utilizing government issued COVID-19 response guidance

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


  • Advocate for efforts to incentivize and implement a remote worker economic development strategy to help recruit talent to our area
  • As state and local governments deal with potential funding issues in the near term, ensuring economic development tools remain fully funded and available for use

EDUCATION


  • Support and promote efforts to address the digital divide for all students in Hamilton County
  • Address the loss of educational gains in students being seen as a result of remote learning

TALENT


As we address the increased unemployment stemming from the economic uncertainty due to the pandemic, we support policies that remove impediments for workers to find employment, including:

  1. Reforming and updating the unemployment system in the state
  2. Address the need for affordable, quality child care to allow workers to re-enter the workforce and in-person employment