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MAYOR’S TASK FORCE TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC REOPENING

MAYOR’S TASK FORCE TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC REOPENING

MAYOR’S TASK FORCE TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC REOPENING

With metro areas nationwide each planning to relaunch their local economies, many may want to look no further than Baton Rouge for a model program. On May 5, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announced the creation of the Mayor’s Business Roundtable Economic Recovery Working Group. The purpose of the group is to determine the best and most timely ways to reopen business and commercial activity in East Baton Rouge.

The group is working on ways to approach the Federal government’s Phase 1 guidelines. The longer-term mission is to create goals and timelines for moving into Phase 2 and 3. Jim Bernhard, co-founder of Bernhard Capital Partners and Erin Monroe Wesley, vice-president of government and public affairs for Cox Southeast will co-chair the group with the mayor.

The agenda for the working group’s first meeting reviewed by The Neyland Report indicates the group will focus first on strategic priorities to reopen the local economy, with a focus on both near-term needs and longer-term considerations. It appears future meetings will be open to the public via ZOOM, an online platform widely used by educational institutions, businesses and home computer users. To find out the schedule of upcoming meetings, visit the City of Baton Rougewebsite for announcements. Click on the agenda page.

Meanwhile, at the state level, Louisiana State Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder revealed a new private-sector task force to advise the Louisiana Legislature on the reopening of the state’s economy. The task force will include representatives from all the major business sectors in the state. Their stated mission is to develop comprehensive policy, legislative, and regulatory recommendations to immediately re-start the Louisiana economy and to invest in the long-term recovery of households, workers, and businesses from the COVID-19 crisis.

The state task force plans to meet throughout this month and June, with a goal of providing recommendations to state legislators by July 1.

Both groups will balance the need for public safety with the need to jumpstart the state economy. Louisiana is still under a stay-at-home order until May 15. As of May 7, 44 states were in various stages of easing restrictions for their citizens.

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