Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen this week addressed the work of the town’s new COVID-19 Response, Restoration and Resiliency Activity Drive.
Because the Elk Grove Metropolis Council authorized the group’s formation final month, 16 folks representing native enterprise, labor and nonprofits had been chosen as members of this process pressure. The group held their first assembly on Feb. 8.
Co-chairing the duty pressure are Angela Perry, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, and Angela Spease, proprietor of a cybersecurity companies enterprise.
Singh-Allen, who heads the duty pressure with Council Member Darren Suen, described the group’s work in approaching the short-term and long-term wants of residents, companies and nonprofits in and close to Elk Grove.
“The principle objective of (this) process pressure is to make sure all sources, native, state and federal, are utilized in the best and fast manner to offer a lot wanted assist to small, native companies, and dealing households,” she stated. “Their suggestions might be an important a part of reopening our economic system safely and shifting Elk Grove ahead.”
Singh-Allen pressured the group’s dedication to looking for sources.
“The whole lot by way of sources, whether or not they could be applications or funding, is a part of what the duty pressure will discover,” she stated.
“It would even be trying on the laws signed into regulation by Gov. (Gavin) Newsom relating to the eviction moratorium. How will it apply to each tenants and landlords? The duty pressure additionally plans to have a look at different progressive approaches involving partnerships to assist landlords/tenants even additional.”
As a part of the duty pressure’s latest assembly, they mentioned the impression that the pandemic has had on native companies, figuring out monetary, workforce and different wants, and planning to coordinate with native, state and federal representatives.
The agenda additionally centered on restoration strategies, together with the attainable creation of further funding sources sooner or later.
The impression that COVID-19 has had on in the neighborhood is way reaching, Singh-Allen famous.
“Small companies and dealing households are struggling,” she stated. “Our colleges are quickly approaching one 12 months of closure. My brother owns a neighborhood pizzeria. He stays open to guard his staff and their livelihood.
“The meals financial institution’s line is longer than it’s ever been, with working households experiencing meals insecurity for the primary time.”
The mayor famous that she lately visited the Elk Grove Meals Financial institution Providers’ middle and was “heartbroken” to witness the nice want for its companies.
She additionally talked about that she has been talking to native households and academics impacted by faculty closures, and has met with well being care suppliers for security protocols and measures to manage the vaccines.
Singh-Allen described the duty pressure as a part of her pledge to guide town in its financial restoration efforts.
“Through the (mayoral) marketing campaign, so many enterprise homeowners and people informed me they didn’t know concerning the numerous applications and sources obtainable to them,” she stated. “Not solely was it made clear that we wanted sturdy communication and outreach, however we wanted to do a greater job compiling all of our sources and collaborate extra with many companions, together with the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.”
She talked about that there’s a particular want for collaboration to help these struggling as a result of pandemic.
“We have to all be working collectively to assist our neighborhood come out of this pandemic stronger,” she stated.
Singh-Allen famous that she appreciates the work of this diversified process pressure.
“(Having) numerous stakeholders within the decision-making course of ensures that we take a broad and considerate strategy to deal with the wants of our neighborhood,” she stated.
Shifting ahead, Singh-Allen informed the Citizen that she anticipates that the duty pressure will full its work within the subsequent two months.
“I hope to wrap up the work in 60 to 70 days or so, with alternatives to assist Elk Grove instantly as (strategies) come up in conferences,” she stated.
The COVID-19 Financial Response Activity Drive’s subsequent on-line assembly might be held on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. by way of the Zoom software.
Who’s within the COVID-19 Response, Restoration and Resiliency Activity Drive
Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen (advert hoc committee)
Elk Grove Metropolis Council Member Darren Suen (advert hoc committee)
Angela Spease, ISSE Providers (co-chair)
Angela Perry, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce (co-chair)
Rachael Brown, metropolis of Elk Grove
Tim Ching, Tri Counties Financial institution
Sarah Costa, Sutter Well being
Hearth Chief Felipe Rodriguez, Cosumnes Group Providers District
Kevin Ferreira, Sacramento-Sierra’s Constructing & Building Trades Council
Marie Jachino, Elk Grove Meals Financial institution Providers
Tim Murphy, Sacramento Regional Builders Change
Monica Patel, Financial institution of the West
Rohit Ranchhod, American Hospitality Providers
Sandy Rasmussen, Tri Counties Financial institution
Angelica Tellechea, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs
John Wallace, LocalCenters
Sharie Wilson, DreamGirls hair salon