Committees bring together community leaders and experts to plan Coronavirus crisis recovery for Montgomery families and businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the Montgomery community and economy.

“This climate of economic uncertainty and increased hardships for families in our region calls for meaningful and immediate action,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said. “As we continue in the recovery process and aid those affected throughout our community, these committees will help assess the needs of Montgomery and chart an effective path forward for the residents and businesses who made this region what it is prior the COVID-19 outbreak.”

To fully prepare and proactively address the COVID-19’s immediate and lingering effects on Montgomery, Mayor Reed called for the creation of two task forces comprised of elected representatives and community leaders. Each group will identify and develop solutions to help assist those most impacted by the pandemic and then ultimately restore Montgomery’s once-vibrant economy. They will first focus on immediate needs, then eventually transition into a second phase focusing on recovery efforts that include putting residents back to work and revitalizing Montgomery’s economy.

The Economic Impact Task Force will identify and facilitate measures to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Montgomery businesses, workers, and families. The task force will work with these stakeholders to develop and/or recommend new policies and programs that the federal, state, county, and city governments, as well as the private sector, can enact to provide economic and financial support to support the people and businesses of Montgomery.. Initially, the first phase of this task force will focus on immediate needs such as rent/mortgages, utilities, unemployment issues, and more. The members of this task force will be Montgomery City Council President Charlie Jinright; Montgomery City Councilor C.C. Calhoun; Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean; Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Singleton; Wade Preston, Founder, Prevail Coffee; and Nichole Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Gaitway Solution LLC.

The Community Impact Task Force will address the mental, physical and socioeconomic impacts of this crisis and will work with community stakeholders and partners to inform policy making and outreach efforts. This group will be comprised of local leaders, city personnel, community organizers, healthcare professionals and others involved in local coronavirus response strategy. This group will examine best practices and will benchmark other cities to help inform their work and decision making. Initially, the first phase of this task force will focus on social services, food, education, domestic violence, transportation, healthcare, and more.. The members of this task force will be Montgomery City Councilor Audrey Graham; Montgomery City Councilor Oronde Mitchell; Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker; Reverend Edward Nettles, Freewill Missionary Baptist Church; Jimmy Hill, President and CEO, River Region United Way; and Kynesha Brown, community advocate.

The Economic Impact Task Force will hold its first meeting onWednesday April 8th at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held virtually via teleconference in which members of the media can call to listen in.

The Community Impact Task Force will hold its first meeting onThursday April 9th at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held virtually via teleconference in which members of the media can call to listen in.

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