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A Message from TRIDEC about COVID-19

The true economic impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may still be unfolding, but one aspect is already clear – every industry, working family, and member of our community has been affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals personally affected and the medical professionals who are dedicated to their care.

TRIDEC is especially sensitive to the severe impact of COVID-19 throughout the Tri-Cities.  With breaking news about COVID-19 constantly developing, our goal is to ensure that the Tri-Cities community has access to critical resources during this time.

In the coming weeks, the human and economic toll of this global pandemic may be difficult to grasp.  Facing this challenge makes us even more committed to supporting the community and each other.

During these uncertain times, TRIDEC remains committed to upholding our core mission of improving and sustaining the economic health of the Tri-Cities.

As the situation continues to unfold, TRIDEC will strive to remain open as a resource for questions, concerns, and news regarding economic health, workforce, and business support available due to the Coronavirus. Should you have any questions, please contact TRIDEC at tridec@tridec.org.

The Impact – Road to Recovery

State leaders have launched a new Q&A series with TVW called “Road to Recovery” to talk about how businesses and workers can navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 14: Host Mike McClanahan and Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine discuss the steps people must take to receive financial help due to the COVID-19 situation.

April 16: Road to Recovery what business owners need to know about emergency state funding related to the COVID-19 crisis. Host Mike McClanahan interviews WA Commerce Director Lisa Brown.

April 16: Two federal programs aimed at helping businesses stay afloat have stopped taking applications. What now? Host Mike McClananhan interviews SBA District Director Kerrie Hurd.

April 23: What will it take to resuscitate Washington’s economy when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted? Will the workplace be changed forever? Q & A with Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business.

April 23: Masks, barriers, hand washing – a look at what safety protocols may be required to reopen businesses across the state. Host Mike McClanahan interviews Joel Sacks, Director of the WA Department of Labor and Industries.

April 30: Will the night scene ever look the same? WA Hospitality Association President Anthony Anton explains the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on restaurants, hotels, owners, and workers and describes how the industry is changing in response.

April 30: Q&A with BIAW Executive VP Greg Lane about the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on private construction jobs and the availability of affordable housing, plus the plans keep workers safe as job sites reopen.

May 6: The Impact:” Road to Recovery” – shortages, masks, & sanitization. Q&A with WFIA President Jan Gee about how grocery stores and convenience stores are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19 and what customers and business owners can expect.

May 8: The Impact’s Mike McClanahan hosts a Q&A with former WA Governor and Challenge Seattle CEO Chris Gregoire on the new COVID-19 checklist tool to help businesses reopen, the role of public-private partnerships during the crisis, and her takeaways from the last big recession.

May 13: State Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle), chair of the new COVID-19 economic recovery committee, weighs in on immediate steps to help business owners and families and envisioning a long term transition for the state economy.

May 13: Sen. Randi Becker (R-Eatonville), vice-chair of the new COVID-19 economic recovery committee, weighs in on tax policy, deregulation, innovation, and delayed impacts to the state budget.

May 21: A billion pound potato backlog, supply chain breakdown, worker safety challenges, an in-depth look at the plight of Washington farmers during the COVID-19 crisis. Q&A with WSDA Director Derek Sandison.

Manufacturers Are Needed!

The State of Washington is seeking manufacturers who are willing to re-tool to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products to support our medical system, first responders, public health and care facilities.

While product in stock is the state’s first priority, we know that many manufacturers could re-tool to meet the need. If you are are a company willing to shift gears and re-purpose manufacturing operations to help with the COVID-19 crisis, fill out this form and email covidmanufacturing@commerce.wa.gov to provide details on what you can offer.

Thank you so much for your willingness to step up in this time of need!

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