COVID-19 ad hoc committee on economic recovery, assistance convenes first meeting

Dallas City Hall
Dallas City Hall


Special to The Dallas Examiner


The Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Assistance has scheduled its first meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday via teleconference.


Mayor Eric Johnson appointed the committee last week to develop and recommend strategies that mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in the city of Dallas while minimizing the negative impact on the city’s tax revenue and budget.


“I recognize that Dallas is facing difficult short-term economic consequences because of the necessary emergency measures we have had to take in the interest of public health,” Johnson said. “This committee will be crucial to restoring our City’s vibrant economy and to assisting those most impacted by the spread of COVID-19.”


Instructions for the public to listen to the committee meeting are included in the attached agenda.


This Ad Hoc Committee will break economic recovery into two phases – a short-term phase of the next 90 days and a longer-term phase of 91 days and beyond. Initially this committee will concentrate on the immediate needs of workers and businesses impacted by the situation such as rent/mortgages, utilities, food, medications/healthcare, transportation, unemployment issues and more. As we transition to rebuilding our economy, the City will prepare for a possible stimulus package that will put our residents back to work.


“As Co-Chair of this Ad Hoc Committee, I am committed to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in the City of Dallas and minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on the city’s tax revenue and budget,” said co-chair Casey Thomas.  “Together we will get through this and show how resilient we are as a city.”


On Tuesday, the committee will be briefed on several items including the potential impact to the City of Dallas’ budget and current City policies that will need amending to rapidly respond to this ongoing public health event.  In addition, a comprehensive report will be given about the efforts being made at the state and federal levels regarding economic relief packages that have passed or are being discussed.


“We are working quickly to respond to the immediate needs of our business community and the workforce,” said co-chair Paula Blackmon. “In preparation for a federal stimulus package, we must be ready to push out large infrastructure and housing projects that are needed in our City and provide reliable jobs for our community. Dallas always pulls together in a time of need and I know this event will be no different.”


Other members of the committee include Council Members Tennell Atkins, Adam Bazaldua, Lee Kleinman, Chad West and Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano.


Residents are encouraged to visit to access current resources regarding the ongoing efforts at the City of Dallas to assist local and small businesses with COVID-19 recovery.


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