21 Apr
2020

Mayor names members of COVID-19 economic recovery team

Picton, ON – Mayor Steve Ferguson has announced the membership of the COVID-19 economic recovery team.

“With representation across a range of economic sectors, the team has the broad perspective needed to chart a path of recovery from this pandemic outbreak,” Mayor Ferguson says. “I want to thank the members for agreeing to volunteer their time and lend their skills and insight to this important task.”

The Mayor’s Economic Recovery Team includes:

• Mayor Ferguson, Chair
• Councillors Mike Harper, Phil St-Jean, Jamie Forrester and Bill Roberts
• Adam Busscher, Construction Sector
• Alexandra Bake, Retail Sector
• Rick Szabo, Hospitality Sector
• Krista Dalby, Arts Sector
• Sandy Latchford, Professional/Not for Profit Sector
• Samantha Parsons, Value Added Agriculture/Manufacturing Sector
• Nora Rogers, Accommodations Sector
• Phil Prinzen, Agriculture Sector
• Lesley Lavender, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce
• Sarah Doiron, Picton Business Improvement Association

The Recovery Team will help identify needs, assist in the flow of communication, and better equip the municipality to respond to challenges with programs and activities that leverage support offered at the federal, provincial and regional levels. Learn more about the team in the backgrounder below.

Up to date information on The County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on The County's website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca

 

Mayor’s Economic Recovery Team Backgrounder

Purpose

COVID-19 is taking a significant toll on the economy of Prince Edward County. To mitigate the impact and to ensure a sustainable path to recovery, the Mayor is establishing an Economic Recovery Team. This team will help to quickly identify economic needs, assist in the flow of communication, and better equip the municipality to respond to challenges with programs and activities that leverage support offered at the federal, provincial and regional levels. 

Approach

The following key objectives will frame the actions of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Team:

Three phases of economic recovery will be considered

• Mitigation, or the period when the Province is under a declared state of emergency. In the short term, it's important to understand economic impact, assess business needs and develop urgent supports to keep the economy functioning as best it can in unprecedented times. Data and communication are key.

• Restart, or the period immediately following the lifting of some or all restrictions. The aim in the medium term is to help businesses find the tools and supports to navigate a new way of doing business. Innovation is critical. The County will need to be nimble in leveraging available funding. Data and communication between stakeholders and sector groups will continue to be vital.

• Reimagine is long-term and defined as the period following the immediate crisis. The opportunity exists to build back better. This is a chance to imagine a stronger, more resilient future with more economic diversification and new ways of defining and measuring success. Creativity and consultation will be important. A deep understanding of community values and future directions will be critical.

Work will focus on varied economic sectors of the local economy

The Recovery Team’s objective will be to develop a plan and supports that help the widest range of impacted businesses. Understanding the inter-relatedness of the local economy and the need to lift up all will help to guide economic recovery.

Collaboration and engagement

Several key stakeholder audiences will be encouraged to participate and have the opportunity to be engaged in the process.  The Recovery Team will build partnerships, work together, be transparent and inclusive in their approach to developing plans and solutions.

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