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GCEDC survey looks at reopening economy

Apr 28, 2020 8:30 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greene County Economic Development Corporation has launched a study to learn from businesses what reopening the economy would look like. Greene County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Friedman said April 27, “There has been a lot of conversations about reopening the economy, but I would caution business owners and the public on what that will look like.” Friedman said the reopening, when it comes, will likely be slow and phased. “If you’re looking for a map as to how that might happen, look at how it was closed down and flip it in reverse. I caution people who think it’s going to happen quickly. Folks need to plan for well beyond May 15,” Friedman said. The simple four-question survey circulated to 700 local businesses will help give the state feedback as it develops a regional reopening plan, according to greenecountyedc.com. Information compiled from the surveys will be sent to the Empire State Development office. “We had 30-some responses within the first 10 minutes,” Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger said. The survey asks businesses to provide the amount of time needed to reassemble employees and modify operations once restrictions are lifted; to define the challenges that are specific to their business sector, as it relates to the pandemic; what percentage of their usual customer traffic is needed to operate profitably; and the percentage of their regular business that comes from outside of Greene County. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.