Mayors, Regional Chair form Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team

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A joint effort between the Regional Chair and Niagara’s Mayors has led to the formation of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team to support local businesses region-wide which have been impacted by COVID-19.

“As we go through this unprecedented and quickly-changing situation, it is critical to work together to support local businesses and employers both now and into the future,” a press release from the City of St. Catharines on behalf of the team said on Thursday, Mar. 18/2020. “Building on a strong foundation of collaboration, the Rapid Response Team will go beyond municipal borders to be as responsive and flexible as possible to the needs of Niagara’s business community.”

The team is to be comprised of professional economic development staff from across Niagara’s municipalities. They will be working together to respond to the changing needs of local businesses and employers.

“The team response will allow municipal resources to go beyond municipal boundaries and that all local businesses receive timely responsive support,” the press release says.

Currently, the team is surveying business needs. They are also advocating on behalf of the business community in Niagara to help keep business going.

They are compiling all available information about all the recently announced provincial and federal support programs for businesses and employers.

As needs change, the team will also consider the adjusting of local business programs to accommodate the changes.

Business owners with concerns can email , their emails will be triaged quickly and they will be connected with a member of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team.