SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TASK FORCES PRESENT FINAL REPORT TO COUNCIL
Cochrane, AB – The work of two local task forces struck to provide a collaborative community response to the impacts of the pandemic drew to a close this week, as they presented their final reports to Council.
In April 2020, Council approved the creation of an Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) and Social Recovery Task Force (SRTF) to respond to Cochranes’s economic and social support challenges and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
Mayor Jeff Genung said when Cochrane faces an incredible challenge, the entire community pulls together.
“The significant contribution of the time and efforts of task force members are examples of what Cochrane is; an ambitious, entrepreneurial and vibrant community committed to working together to find solutions,” said Mayor Genung.
Council, administration and community stakeholders provided valuable input to the work of the ERTF and SRTF, and together with input gathered through public engagement, these task forces have served as the foundation and driving energy behind helping residents, organizations and businesses recover.
The ERTF was instrumental in supporting the Town’s response to COVID, including the launch of an Open & Safe shop local campaign, online business directory, external marketing project and a COVID-19 Professional Services Grant program.
The SRTF supported community wellness by delivering various virtual and COVID-safe programs and events, presented six live-streamed events to promote well-being, and obtained grant funding to support initiatives like the Cochrane & Area Resources & Essential Services (CARES) app.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in the Economic Recovery Task Force and Social Recovery Task Force for stepping up when Cochrane needed them most,” said Mayor Genung. “We will continue to translate these ideas into action so we can keep Cochrane moving forward in its recovery.”
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