Local Business and Economic Development
In the wake of COVID-19, the Roanoke Regional Partnership is asking local governments, Chambers of Commerce and other organizations to share the information it sends out on economic development and business support to their constituents via social media channels. The Partnership has also launched a new information clearinghouse website – RoanokeRegionResponds.com. The website features a survey about how the coronavirus has impacted workplaces – and about any obstacles to teleworking. Roanoke Regional Partnership executive director Beth Doughty:
Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is normally focused on promoting the region to tourists that fill up local hotels, shops and eateries when they come. Now they are asking for how the industry is being impacted by the coronavirus, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Salem’s Parks and Recreation Department announced a pile of event cancellations today, and they demonstrate how deeply the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the region’s tourism economy. Among the many cancellations: four softball tournamens and one baseball tournament that were set for the Moyer Sports Complex through mid-May. All Salem city events and activities are cancelled through May 17th.
A local screen-printing company is selling t-shirts for businesses and organizations in our area to keep money coming in. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:
For the first time ever perhaps some companies are considering or have already sent some employees home to “telework,” – doing their small part to fight the spread of coronavirus. There’s a how-to “webinar” for those who need more details later today, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys has closed its thrift stores in response to heightened concerns around the Coronavirus. Goodwill is still accepting donations at most stores and at stand-alone donation centers – and “shop-goodwill dot-com” is still open for business. Spokesperson Chelsea Moran also says they are taking extra care to sanitize donated items, the sale of which supports Goodwill programs.
Several weeks ago at a COVID-19 information session, Chris Turnbull with Carilion Clinic gave a presentation on having a “business continuity plan” in place – planning to deal with a pandemic, to lessen disruptions in day-to-day operations. Hear an in-depth conversation with Chris Turnbull on crafting a “business continuity plan,” below: