Recently CLA-FCL Chairwoman Mayor Acquanetta Warren of Fontana, CA, alongside former Indianapolis, IN Mayor Greg Ballard wrote an op-ed for The Hill that addresses the importance of creating a manageable and forward looking framework that communities of all sizes can apply to get their local economies back up and running during this new pandemic era. The piece suggests a set of principles that recognize the economic, societal, and community importance of local businesses and the families they support. 

As a nation, we continue to work very hard to shut down the physical effects of this virus. But as we make an effort to combat the physical effects, we can’t let our economy be shut down at the same time. The economic health of local communities during this pandemic is essential for the success and opportunity for every single person in America’s cities and towns. 

The responsive innovations to this crisis have brought out the best in our nation — from individuals, small business, big business and, yes, even from government leaders. 

Local hotels, like so many businesses in communities throughout the nation, have been hard hit by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Hotel Lodging Association recently published guidelines for hotel employees to follow during this time as part of the ever important effort to keep guests and employees safe.

Hotels have always met rigorous standards for cleaning and safety and these enhanced guidelines are rooted in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Safe Stay initiative brings a new level of focus and transparency to an industry already built on cleanliness, featuring endorsements by hospitality leaders in all 50 states and Canada and a companion training course.

  

Wells Fargo announced today that the bank is donating ALL of the bank's $400 million Paycheck Protection Program processing fees to help small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

“By donating approximately $400 million in processing fees to assist small businesses in need, Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund creates opportunities for near-term access to capital and addresses the road ahead to meaningful economic recovery, especially for Black and African American entrepreneurs and other minority-owned businesses,” said Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf. “Wells Fargo is committed to helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19 stay open and get back to growth.”

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As part of CLA and FCL's recently announced COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery program, we recently asked our caucus members and private partners a series of questions regarding challenges, opportunities, and next best steps around the response and economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some of the questions and responses from our Caucus members survey. Learn more about the program by clicking on the link above.

Question: What is your community’s biggest challenge in economic recovery?

Answers:

"Our biggest challenge is finding continual support for our local businesses, that were, and still are, impacted by COPVID-19."

"Loss of Job Growth and Revenue from Sales Tax."

"Small Businesses getting back open and healthy and consumers feeling confident enough to spend money and get economy going."

Check out these 2 tweets from Comcast regarding 60 days of free internet service and free public wifi access for the remainder of 2020 in communities across the country.

The United States Chamber of Commerce and the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation have collected resources for businesses and individuals to navigate and advocate through the current pandemic environment.

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Learn more about the American Gas Association's programs to relieve financial hardship for natural gas utility customers.

 “All across the country we have been facing difficulties and challenges that no one could have envisioned. During this unpredictable time, natural gas utilities have been a constant—ensuring reliable delivery of natural gas to the frontlines and the families who rely on it.

Learn more about Target's announcement regarding wages, and benefit extensions for Target U.S. team members. 

On top of that, we’re giving front-line team members in our stores and distribution centers a one-time recognition bonus of $200 to thank them for providing essential services to our guests throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

With the changes announced today, Target will invest nearly $1 billion more this year in the well-being, health and safety of team members than it did in 2019, including increased wages, paid leaves, bonus payouts, personal protective equipment, and a donation to the Target Team Member Giving Fund.