Special to The Dallas Examiner
Mayor Eric Johnson has announced changes for the Task Force on COVID-19 Economic Recovery, including the designation of a new co-chair.
Task force Chairman Richard Fisher named Fred Perpall, as his co-chair. Perpall is a registered architect and the CEO of The Beck Group where he leads company’s domestic and international design, planning, real estate consultancy and construction businesses.
Johnson said Fisher made an excellent choice.
“I am excited about what Fred will bring to this group,” the mayor expressed. “He is an incredibly talented businessman and will make for a perfect complement to Ambassador Fisher. Fred has already identified focus areas, and he will continue to work with partners such as the Dallas Regional Chamber to execute this plan.”
Johnson also announced that after further reflection, he and his two ad hoc COVID-19 committee chairs, Adam McGough and Casey Thomas, will not serve as members of the task force.
“This will be a purely private sector effort that I’ve asked to advise us on the best ways to move our city’s economy forward,” Johnson said.
At an April 30 news conference at City Hall, the mayor said that he has been thinking about economic recovery since mid-March, when city events were cancelled.
“We knew we were about to face major economic implications from this virus, and as the restrictions increased in the days that followed, so did the importance of having a robust economic recovery plan,” Johnson said.
Perpall and Fisher have told the mayor that the task force will place a special emphasis on small businesses.
They have already begun gathering data and expect to start work immediately on a plan that will include actionable recommendations.