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Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Cox Announce Binational and Bipartisan Group to Plan Reactivation of Economy

Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation to Help Develop Strategies for County and City Implementation

Friday, April 17, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – Continuing to take aggressive steps to deliver relief to San Diegans affected by COVID-19, today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox announced the creation of an advisory group charged with preparing recommendations for the region’s economic reactivation and recovery.

“The San Diego region is going to be prepared to reopen when the time is right – orderly, strategically, and safely,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “This group is bipartisan and binational, representing our regional economy – north, south, east and even across the border.” 

The group is being created in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to provide recommendations on how to phase-in a reopening of San Diego’s economy, following guidance from public health officials.

“We are planning for the days when we can get San Diego back to work, but we need to be smart about reopening businesses so that their employees and customers can follow proper health and safety guidelines,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox. “This advisory group will help propose recommendations for different business sectors as we enter a ‘new normal’ way of life in the region.”

The group will work to ensure the region is ready with policies and procedures to support a successful recovery when it is time for a gradual restart of the economy. The leaders will provide ongoing advice to reopen businesses safely, while at the same time adhering to public health orders that limit gatherings and require physical distancing. The group will develop proposals including:

  •      How to reopen industries affected by COVID-19
  •      Leveraging and delivering stimulus funding effectively
  •      New programs and regulatory relief at the state and federal level
  •      Opportunities for partnership to deliver economic relief initiatives
  •      Complementing and accelerating regional priorities including climate resiliency, infrastructure and housing

“The Chamber is proud to help lead this effort and get San Diego back to work safely, swiftly, and sustainably,” said San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders. “Our business community is resilient and we’ve demonstrated our ability to reinvent ourselves before. There’s no doubt we can do it again and come back stronger with an economy that we can all be proud to be part of.”

“With the economic impacts of COVID-19 disproportionately affecting small businesses and lower-income San Diegans, the stakes could not be higher that we get this recovery right. This Taskforce will provide strategic guidance that will set up to emerge as a different, more resilient, and perhaps even stronger region,” said San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Vice President Nikia Clarke.

The group will also provide ongoing advice as the crisis evolves, and deliver a summary report of its activities and recommendations to the City and County. It is comprised of business and civic leaders from a variety of sectors, including tourism, housing and development, labor and food service. It includes:

  •        Asian Business Association
  •        Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego County
  •       Biocom
  •        California Restaurant Association
  •        Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
  •        Connect
  •       Downtown San Diego Partnership
  •        East County Economic Development Council
  •        Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  •        Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties
  •        National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  •       North San Diego Business Chamber
  •        San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
  •        San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  •        San Diego North Economic Development Council
  •        San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  •        San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  •        San Diego Tourism Authority
  •        San Diego Unified Port District
  •        Small Business Development Center Network
  •        South County Economic Development Council
  •      Tijuana Economic Development Corporation

For updates on City of San Diego services, programs, links to helpful information and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.

For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit coronavirus-sd.com. Text “COSD COVID19” to 468-311 for text alert updates.

A statewide “Stay-at-Home” order is in effect until April 30. For more information on the order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state, please visit COVID19.ca.gov.


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