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File #: 20-0443    Version: 1
Type: information Status: Filed
File created: 6/2/2020 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 6/16/2020 Final action: 6/16/2020
Title: Update on Economic Response and Reopening Strategic Plan
Attachments: 1. Draft Economic Response and Reopening Strategic Plan
Title
Update on Economic Response and Reopening Strategic Plan

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
Not referred to a committee.

City Manager Recommendation:
Receive an update on a City Economic Response and Reopening Strategic Plan

Report
Issue:
Whether to receive an update on a City Economic Response and Reopening Strategic Plan.

Staff Contact:
Mike Reid, Economic Development Director, Community Planning & Development, 360.753.8591

Presenter(s):
Keith Stahley, Interim Assistant City Manager
Mike Reid, Economic Development Director, Community Planning & Development
Stacey Ray, Office of Performance & Innovation, Administrative Services

Background and Analysis:
On March 24, 2020, City Council approved actions to respond quickly to the impacts COVID-19 on our local economy. That work included launching several significant emergency response efforts by funding partners such as Thurston County United Way, Community Foundation, Olympia Downtown Alliance, and Thurston County Economic Development Council.

At the same time, City Manager Jay Burney directed that a City task force start work on developing a more comprehensive and cross-departmental approach to guide the City's response. The approach would build off of the first wave of response efforts by identifying the City's role and responsibilities, guiding principles for decision-making, and additional strategies and actions to support our local economy in reopening amidst new public health requirements and continuing uncertainty.
Task Force members provided subject matter expertise, a high degree of decision-making authority; and were motivated by the need to be both methodical and action oriented. Throughout the process, the team consistently reviewed data, researched best practices, and listened to the unique and emerging needs of our community. As new response efforts were identified, they were implemented immediately. The City's Response and Reopening Strategic plan includes actions c...

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