Commissioner Alicia Reece To Lead Covid19 Economic Recovery & Relief Task Force In Third Largest County In Ohio
Newly Elected Official and 1st African American Woman to Serve on City, State, and County Levels in Ohio, Leads Countywide Effort to Address Tax and Rate Relief, Assistance Navigation, Food, Housing, Small Business and Employment Resources
"We know this is a very tough time for people. We know in January, February, and March, the rent is due. The mortgage is due. We want to do everything we can in a quick efficient way," states Hamilton County Commissioner, Alicia Reece.
This year, Hamilton County continues to be confronted by economic challenges associated with the ongoing global health pandemic spurred by COVID-19. These economic challenges continue to threaten the livelihood and quality of life of everyone working and living in Hamilton County. Significant uncertainty remains in the global, national, and local economy and in Hamilton County, the unemployment rate remains high. Moody's Analytics reported that nationwide nearly 10 million renters are behind on rental payments and in Hamilton County the demand for homeless services remains at an elevated rate due to the impacts of COVID19. In addition, local small businesses in Hamilton County continue to struggle and face ongoing challenges due to COVID19.
Newly elected to the Hamilton County Commission on November 3, 2020 and receiving over 200,000 votes, this comprehensive relief effort led by Commissioner Alicia Reece is her first act in office. Specifically, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Relief Taskforce will focus on tax and rate relief, job retention, re-employment, food, housing, small business relief, infrastructure, transportation, and advocacy at the state and federal level for additional resources to meet the critical needs of Hamilton County residents and businesses. The goal of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Relief Taskforce is to expand upon the economic and community relief efforts of Hamilton County's 2020 CARES Act programming by collaborating among county departments, focusing various county efforts, coordinating existing County programs and resources, developing additional initiatives to spur economic relief and enhance residents' knowledge of and access to these resources, and providing a focused and rapid response to economic challenges facing Hamilton County residents and businesses.
The COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Relief Taskforce will consist of two phases; Phase 1: COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Relief Taskforce Internal Action Team. This group will focus on immediate relief for citizens and businesses. Next, Phase 2 will create the Economic Recovery & Relief Taskforce External Team. This group will advise the Board on additional long-term prospective policy initiatives to accelerate the recovery of the local Hamilton County economy. Ultimately, Commissioner Reece's Covid19 Economic Recovery & Relief Task Force will work on rebuilding the economy and investing in the future of Hamilton County. She also looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to bring more resources to residents and businesses in Hamilton County Ohio.
For more information on Commissioner Reece's Hamilton County Covid19 Economic Recovery & Relief Task Force, and to view the announcement, visit https://www.facebook.com/