Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Agenda Item
No Vote Result Required
May 12, 2020 4:00 PM

Kevin Weidlich, Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation, re Business Recovery Task Force Update (Verbal)

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Meeting History

May 12, 2020 4:00 PM Video Council Meeting
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Kevin Weidlich, Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (WBEDC), provided an update on the Business Recovery Task Force (Task Force), which was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the scope being expanded to include post emergency support for the flood. It was noted that the Task Force has developed the following recommendations for business recovery, which would be presented to Council with any funding requests in June:

· That the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) forgive 8 months of the 2020 property tax payments for the time period May 2020 to December 2020 for rural non-residential properties, with the exception of Designated Industrial Properties; rural small business properties; urban non-residential, with the exception of Designated Industrial Properties; and urban other-residential properties;

· That the RMWB implement without delay or cancellation any 2020 capital projects that can be done safely and to bring forward any future capital projects that could be deemed shovel-ready to start in 2020;

· That the WBEDC and community partners, create a centralized portal (‘single window’) for businesses to access all the supports and programs in place for both COVID-19 and the flood, and pursue grant funding for the portal; and

· That the WBEDC and the Task Force develop a ‘return to work safely,’ marketing campaign to address the fear of returning to work and the shared responsibility of returning to work safely as the economy re-opens, and pursue grant funding for the campaign.

Exit and Return

Councillor M. Allen exited the meeting at 4:58 p.m. and returned at 5:03 p.m.

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