The COVID-19 mitigation strategies suppressed sales and shifted consumer spending from local businesses, reduced hours for service workers, changed commuting patterns, and created challenges for families who are struggling to juggle work, remote learning, and child care.
City Council must focus on collaborating with all stakeholders to design and execute creative solutions to help our small businesses, workers, and families. The city is only as successful as long as its businesses survive and families feel safe and secure. We must work together as a community to get through this challenge together.
Create conditions that function as a bridge for struggling businesses. For example, the City could relax ordinances for restaurants on outdoor dining, tap into government funds for grants for PPE or facility modifications, and provide guidance to businesses who are applying for PPP and SBA loans.
Link public and private resources to provide services for job seekers such as virtual resume, interview, and mentoring workshops as well as virtual job fairs. Evaluate and address needs of teleworkers and commuters through reallocation of infrastructure investments.
Naperville had the best Census results in the country! Apply that organization and work with DuPage and Will County public health departments to facilitate efficient vaccinations.
Allison supports temporarily opening up the downtown to more outdoor dining by closing streets to vehicle traffic and encouraging more pedestrians and bicycles.