May 3


first_imgMayor Winnecke created a “Reopen Evansville Task Force” this week and Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer was appointed the Chairman to coordinate reopening of our community.There are 6 Areas of Focus (so far) with each having a lead coordinator. Please note that our efforts and membership are evolving, due to the fast-paced work that needs to occur. These groups will grow as work ramps up.1) Business Assistance – Tara Barney (Chamber), Greg Wathen (Coalition), Sara Worstell (Work One), Kim Howard (Small Business Development Center), Kelley Courses (DMD), Josh Armstrong (Downtown Alliance), Pete Paradossi (ERBC), Andrea Lendy & Abby Elpers (Growth Alliance).2) Workplace Safety & Testing – Dr. Steven Becker (Stone Family Center for Health Sciences) + group of about 10-15 Doctors and some business leaders.3) Quality of Life – Brian Holtz (Evansville Parks), Jim Wood (CVB), Erik Beck (Mesker Park Zoo), Scott Schoenike & Colin Holman (Ford Center), Eric Marvin (Sports Corporation).4) Government Operations – Steve Schaefer (Deputy Mayor), City Department Heads, Mayor, President Of the Vanderburgh County Commission, Jeff Hatfield.5) Food Security – Lisa Vaughn (Feed Evansville), Alex Burton, President of the Evansville City Council, Andrea Hays (Welborn Foundation) / Others invited: Robin Mallery (Urban Seeds), Glenn Roberts (Food Bank), Lacy Wilson (Healthy Communities Partnership), Nora Burgess (EVSC), Kim McWilliams (EVSC), and more.6) Community Efforts – Still being finalized and we have identified a lead coordinator. This group would identify and support all the existing programs like the Crisis Respond Fund through the United Way, religious community collaborations, etc.FOOTNOTE: A Medical Advisory Group consisting of professionals from both Deaconess and St. Vincent Ascension will be advising each Focus group.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more