Recommendations released for Lincoln’s economic recovery
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Wednesday, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and members of the Economic Recovery Task Force released a report with recommendations to support Lincoln’s economic recovery in the face of COVID-19.
The Task Force was created in May and consists of 18 community members appointed by the Mayor. They aim to develop strategies to support local business, workforce development, and sectors of the economy that have been strongly impacted by the pandemic.
“In many ways, COVID-19 laid bare some of the deep economic challenges already facing Lincoln, from rising underemployment to declining economic mobility,” Mayor Gaylor Baird said. She acknowledged that the road to economic recovery and renewal would not be an easy one, but she noted that we all – residents, employers, and public and private leaders – have a stake in the process and a part to play..
The Task Force’s issued recommendations in six areas:
- The Task Force recommends the organization of business-to-business town halls in which businesses directly share information, resources, and experience with one another.
- In the spirit of economic resilience and inclusion, residents, employers, and public and private sector leaders target spending toward local businesses, small businesses (less than 50 employees), and diverse businesses, including women- and minority-owned businesses.
- Simplifying and amplifying employer participation in local workforce programs and networks that are designed to connect job seekers with employment opportunities.
- Creating incentives for reskilling workers who have lost jobs as a result of COVID-19 and for upskilling low-wage workers, to allow them to advance into higher positions. The Task Force also recommends that workforce and education partners, in collaboration with employers, develop “ready to work” courses that prepare residents for new industries and lead to employment opportunities.
- The development of an awareness campaign to highlight local businesses that are advancing public health by employing common sense and innovative public health strategies. The Task Force also recommends that public and private sector leaders help businesses gain access to personal protective equipment.
- The Task Force recommends that the City establish a fund to provide grants to businesses that have been particularly impacted by COVID-19 and that the community continues to invest in new businesses and support a culture of entrepreneurship.
For the full report, click here.