City of Providence COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Task Force

City of Providence COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Task Force

good afternoon welcome everybody to the city of providence copy 19 recovery and resilient task force our regular meeting august 20. welcome the people who is present we are today full house and thank you for the people who is connected online we really appreciate your participation as your collaboration in this so important topic which is the arpa task force i want to introduce and give the welcoming to our co-chair angie thank you and i think that we are ready to do the world cup please [Music] thank you [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] thank you um i would like to open our meeting with the second item on the agenda the presentation from the office of economic opportunity uh victorino [Music] victor yes i’m sorry i couldn’t hear i can’t hear from the match yeah okay great can i stand right here yes i think people can see you uh good good afternoon everyone i’m julian jane i’m the director of education economic opportunity we do have two presentations for you today uh the first one will be from victor regina who is our small business coordinator and the second will be from stephen boyle he is our executive director for solutions so you have the programs in front of you and please feel free to stop them in the middle of the presentation or wait for the end um and just ask questions as they come up and anything that we need clarified we will send out to you after this week thank you [Music] your back is to the camera just so you know okay [Music] maybe back [Music] [Music] so this is uh my proposal or presentation for the small business relief program my name is victor regino i’m the smaller coordinator and i work with the office of non-profit uh just a brief overview uh if you guys take a look at the return of you as well you can see more of the information the office of economic opportunity uh has three we oversee three different programs in the city um they are called first course property pvd self-employment program and mwde procurement program uh just a brief overview of everything that is included in this program our um residents with employers throughout the city uh helping them gain access to employment and wages cbd self-employment is a partnership with [Music] that is cwe center for women’s enterprise there are great partner guards who assist with helping startups you know take their ideas from paper and making them reality so we are very fortunate to have them as uh uh the other is our m procurement program uh this is the city’s commitment to uh minorities and women’s and business enterprises we allocate a certain amount for bids uh rfps or any proposals that really go through the department of products and making sure that whether it be contractors or vendors or anything else 10 for wbe and 10 for md next so i’m going to take some time right now to kind of explain some of the challenges that our small business community has had throughout oban it may be a story that is all too common which is unfortunate and everybody kind of has a feeling for what has happened to our small business community uh one of the challenges is workforce uh plain and simple there is not enough employment population so if you see on the actual powerpoint specifications are in front of you you’ll see the ratio that was provided it was actually from the us bureau of labor and statistics that shows the ratio going from 62.5 and in the month of april in 2020 you see that it goes down to 52.5 now luckily we do have see a recovery happening the only thing is is it’s it’s not theory okay so what does that mean and just to give you like a little brief synopsis of what i believe may be the cause of this it may in turn be a lot of people are opening or starting small businesses and are now out of the employment population another may be that they are retiring you know a lot of people may have retired in 2020 but those numbers alone would not describe the decrease alone and we still have to make up five percent in order to get back to where we were pre-posted [Music] probably uh so the next explanation of any challenges that our small business community is having is a technical assistance uh challenge and if you look at these steps in front of you in the same room alone compared to the 2020 data there are 103 000 roughly around 103 000 small businesses in the state 28 000 of those are registered in the city of providence so if you look at that in the grand scheme of things we take a quarter of these the business population and they’re all housed in this great city of providence so what does that say that says that we have a duty to help our small business community and make sure that they are getting the technical assistance that they deserve the spdc if anybody is familiar with them it’s a small business development center i work closely with some of the partners that are over there they have seen a 60 increase in requests for services technical assistance services and that was so in the first quarter alone sbdc actually saw that 60 increase and they uh consulted with 330 clients just in the first quarter that is more than the whole total number a year before okay just to put it into a little perspective so the next slide that you’ll be looking at is the third and final challenge which i think kind of paints the whole picture of what our small business community has been based on is the growth sales if you look at the chart below you’ll see the growth output by one of the most impacted industries that i think it’s for the food service industry you’ll see around quarter 44 of 2019 we were at uh 1 550 billion uh that’s how i’m going to be pronouncing it and then it goes down to an astounding 850. so that’s a total of a 45 percent decrease throughout total okay now that’s in sales alone so that doesn’t necessarily paint the whole picture because the federal government has provided some funding uh graciously grants so forth so that is not included in the data but to go down to a 45 uh decrease and gross sales there’s no amount of grants or loans that’s going to help cover that margin okay so i believe that a lot of that has a direct relation with foot traffic as well so small businesses were closed right a lot of people are working sometimes that’s another thing that keeps people the foot traffic is not there the for our retail stores and it’s it’s it’s something that’s being looked into currently but the foot traffic alone is where a majority of retail stores get their sales from uh compared to other industries like e-commerce or so forth watermelon mechanics automobiles anything you name it so after the 45 decrease we do see some recovery happening in q4 of 2020 but again that was just an increase of 24 we are still have a huge chunk of growth sales that are not being met so imagine a small business owner who has bills accumulating from kovid and they’re trying to make ends meet they’re at an already skinny margin and then they’re left with still battling for blink death so there are some immediate priorities that myself i have kind of kind of seen through the data and my outreach to small businesses in the community and i’ll go over all the three priorities i just want to list them off small businesses really need direct relief the second priority is increased foot traffic and third priority in my opinion is technical assistance so a little bit about the direct relief some of the goals with the direct release would be just really to distribute any proposed funds that we may have i do know that we are working closely with the city council that is uh graciously allowing me to go back and forth with them to help allocate the 7 million that was approved some of the expected outcomes of that is really just putting money into small business owners pockets who knows better how to run their own business than the small business owner himself so that’s that’s one of the uh the outcomes that i’m hoping for uh second is the increased foot traffic so one of the goals would be to distribute some funds directly to school business owners uh a commercial real estate as well as retail stores so that means a retail tenant that does not own the building would still be able to or should still be able to get access to some of this funding because it is important you don’t want if a small business owner has a retail store they only own the building they still have a vision of what their business should look like and i believe strongly in that so this will put directly uh put money directly in the pockets of small business owners property owners commercial property owners to help reinvest into their buildings and to show everybody that the city of providence is over here we haven’t gone anywhere in our small business community uh so the third priority is technical assistance uh i’m looking to help fund school business support organizations uh that are located right here in the city of providence who would who can better understand the community and better understand their needs from a technical point and they’re already doing it so the technical assistance aspect is we want to make sure that that stays free for our small business so we should allocate funding for that and making sure that our small businesses get the support that they need next week so i’d like to introduce to you the first program is our direct release approach uh the office of government opportunity is working closely with the city council uh to help allocate seven million dollars uh small businesses they they just continue to decrease in sales they’re kind of steady right now with their stats and their sales but still not pre-coded uh and also from a fact sheet from the treasury department we also need to make sure that we are doing our best to address negative economic impacts caused by public health emergencies and making sure that households and businesses are being catered to and and making sure that the impacted uh industries and in the public sector as well uh we have a fiscal obligation to allocate this money to businesses who have been most impacted by culture next question so i also would like to introduce two proposed relief programs uh that you know i’ve collaborated with a lot of different people and i am very happy and thankful that a lot of people have shown interest in collaborating with that with me uh i have a vibrancy grant proposal that i would like to come up to the task force with from the onset of program 19 global global the global health standards for the small business owners has caused multiple disruptions and we have to make sure that these get addressed whether it be the decrease in foot traffic we have to make sure that we are funding the communities that have been impacted a lot of these small business owners spent their money on bills because they were because they were uh affected so that so we want to make sure that we propose a vibrancy grant to help us go we also have the technical assistance allocation uh and just a brief note the fba reported in january last year that the percentage of ppp loans were as follows uh 65 white 14 hispanic 12 percent legion and eight percent african-american and two percent american indian and alaska so it is very important that we get this technologist to help support our communities and that is my presentation uh i am open for questions yes so uh so thank you victor for doing a lot of this work to give it something to respond to react to i um i like the sort of three sort of larger bucket areas the direct release i would i would also i would combine that with like direct relief and like urgent relief but direct relief i think works really well and the other two um buckets i i like a great deal so just to focus on on the kind of investments that i also want to put on the table that i think i think makes sense so we were just talking a second ago you know the delta variant is spreading and you know we’re we’re facing a situation where um you know restrictions are coming back now we all want to avoid that however possible but that’s part of the reality that we’re facing and i i want us our thinking to also be not just on direct cash relief that we can provide but are there measures that we can put in place to keep them open you know as long as possible and hopefully and hopefully throughout we’re talking about a vaccine passport program and something where small businesses who choose to say if you run a large event you know it can be only for the vaccinated and easy systems so that they can they can verify because like small businesses that you’re supposed to put on events they don’t have the capacity you don’t have the staff to check and go through it but it’s a simple system so i’d like for us to talk about some urgent release to help businesses stay open as we’re facing um the spread of the delta with respect to increased foot traffic you know it used to be you know up until the recent past that that that government would help support businesses by building roads sidewalks and investing in the physical infrastructure to connect customers with businesses but as we’re seeing more and more you know the the marketplace is now online and unfortunately those you know the digital equipment equivalent of those roads bridges and sidewalks they’re all privately owned and privately funded and more and more of the profits that go to connecting customers with businesses is going to you know shareholders of tech tech companies um you know wherever it is that they live and so i’d like for us to also consider you know are there ways that we can support our local community by building those roads bridges and sidewalks for the digital age and making it so that those large profits aren’t aren’t being given away to the private entity but and kept in small businesses and then the the last piece along those well two other points uh one other point along those same lines i i love the technical assistance and what i’d like to push on this is you know many of our small business owners have very limited tech capacity and you know and and for those that do have some tech capacity some of them don’t have the the tech hardware and so i’d like to figure out how say every small mom-and-pop restaurant at fort as an example how every single one of them can have some kind of digital presence or web presence maybe there’s online ordering maybe there’s contactless payment you know those kinds of those kinds of advantages that frankly the businesses that already had that were able to pivot and make the most out of you know these tough circumstances during the pandemic but um and but but i want to i want to put that out there as an idea and then the last thing in terms of the the um the branch to to the storefront grant i i like the general idea um but i also want to put out there you know there there there is potentially economies of scale um instead of investing perhaps in one business here or one business there perhaps there are larger scale investments that we make not directly in businesses but in business corridors and perhaps there’s main street beautification that we can invest in and that um that would give us a sort of more bang for our buck as well so um so thank you victor and those are some thoughts i wanted to add thank you for those thank you so much here yeah all right just to pop off of that probably one of the notes i had as well because looking at making stores and um to our friends more modern which would really tie into the tech idea um so even pretty much online marketplaces where we’re allowing um businesses to pop in um westminster all those clothing businesses are putting off all of [Music] [Applause] [Music] um [Music] thank you a couple things from um who’s on the ground with the hospitality sector one of the biggest things that came out of canada from visiting it outside the brand and those materials have a shelf life particularly the heaters um so and they also take one full propane tank to run so there’s a lot of expense of keeping that going and as we didn’t have the event business they now coming back with more outdoor events they need more opportunities to access those funds in a different way and then just taking back the mayor’s rights in terms of the neighborhoods and then just borders wasn’t the and so that may be a much more expeditious way of distributing those funds most of them there’s about what [Music] yeah the process itself is uh something that i frequently [Music] i just know that the maintenance of small uh spell construction is equivalent are included in that the way that the funds are contributed i could also help these past sources the other big concern is i heard that a lot from not so much the downtown and the believers that they [Music] the take it outside program as a small business owner i saw a lot of my peers benefit from the ability to use sidewalks and kind of expand premises um and one thing as a small business we are bar we own a bar the to go infrastructure i think is something that would help in this second like increase foot traffic recognizing people ordering online um whether it’s connecting with like regional manufacturers for the items that we now need to use in order to make our business a more simple model um because i some parts of this i do believe are just like a part of a larger shift and this may have forced people into that region but to go cocktails has like it kept us sustained throughout the pandemic and i think building infrastructure packages like to take it outside but around to go is something that i think would really benefit um small businesses and then just quickly about the neighborhood association point i do recognize that many of our neighborhood associations are not representative of the demographics within those areas and so it’s a major note that if allocation is being done through them that there needs to be some type of secondary point about representation for the communities that are within the area that’s the neighborhood two two more final points julian and um shannon one additional part of the technical assistance part of is including some of the kind of public health guidance around best practices of you know breaking down why because they’re there or what certain things are helpful versus not helpful on this part of that uh to provide the life we can some of that we just hear in the dynamic a lot of them falling off um for example in terms of guidance like if there are limited resources to invest in this worthwhile investing in a lot of money went into plastic glass and plastic which has not really shown to be effective at all and you know potentially even worse uh in terms of reducing ventilation whereas investment in like hepa health care cultures ventilation systems and things like that that improves the equality indoors uh are much better and are things that are better even when we’re not trying to empathize with our qualities with benefits in general so things like that that are kind of like how to spend your resources partly to have both improvements [Music] because once we allocate the money to these organizations i trust their professional expert opinions as to where they need to go and if that’s meeting the ppe which is going to be needed uh ppe or like other different forms of way of making space [Music] um yeah i was just going to say that in addition to neighborhood associations i think organizations set up for social development if they they’ve directed the community [Music] we were running out of time but uh let’s see uh i don’t want to cut the other conversation short either okay we’re not able to get all of everybody’s input just email me or the co-chairs and i can make sure it’s provided to the department so they have all these people did you hear that i heard that i heard that i’m not sure if everybody else does that did i write she said if we’re not able to get to everyone’s feedback today we can email the co-chairs and diana to make sure that we capture everyone’s comments does that work with everyone okay thank you um it seems like we have a robust discussion on businesses thank you very much victor thank you so much yeah [Applause] the next item on the agenda which is uh item number three workforce development um that presentation will be by um steven boyle good afternoon stephen well thank you thank you very much i appreciate the opportunity [Music] all right great just to give you an [Music] oh [Music] right [Music] i’m sorry no no yeah [Music] there is no internet connection you can see this are you are you not connected to the internet [Music] i yep we can i think we can continue right i mean that’s a sort of like a plus it’s an open meeting all right unfortunately won’t be able to see the screen and i don’t have access to the that’s fine can they hear us if they’re there if they’re dialed in they should be open here okay can we like have someone to kind of pull something just so we can check they are on the opening portal these before the already started so they are accessible for our portal okay but we should just have someone post something just to say we lost we’re having technical issues um yeah i don’t know where we can post that now um all right i think we should keep going yeah thank you stephen no problem all right we can move forward that’s like 18 months of iraq i’ll continue on my name is steve boyle i’m the executive director of workforce solutions we’re located at one reservoir after providence we are the administrative entity we’re appointed by the mayor to oversee the local workforce development area and also the local workforce order from a staff standpoint we basically handle what they call the wiiola funding it’s the workforce innovation and opportunity act um and what we’re commonly known as in the location is we’re the one-stop operator people come to us with many diverse type of things career counseling job search resume development as far as also we look at basic skills development as well so they come so we’re a one-stop we’re a one-stop operation for people who come in and having employment difficulties at that point obviously i’m not going to go through it and belabor it i think everyone knows the impact of quote in 19 on the economy and the workforce at this point and the american rescue plan is really designed and part of that plan is to support the workforce boards for us to do more re-employment services as well just to give you a snapshot of what we handle there and who’s actually coming in who’s our customers the majority come from providence and cranston but we also have we we’re here to service the entire state as well so you can also see that there’s other other populations that are very strong as pawtucket central east prominence and even below is very important for us and just to give you a snapshot of who’s coming in 60 percent of males 40 percent females we do uh trend a little bit on the younger side age-wise is the highest group the ethnic the ethnicity that comes through the door is also very important to us it’s 49 white you can see that 28 of hispanic 17 identified as african-american plaque and there’s a smaller percentage for american indian alaskans uh in pacific island so the biggest thing is 82 of the people who come through our doors are unemployed and in most cases they’re faced with basic literacy skill problems they may be offenders they may be single parents looking for other opportunities they may have english barriers as well and 89 of the people coming into our doors have entertainment of high school and they may be out of high school so it’ll give you a good snapshot of the type of people that we’re trying to serve at that point i think everybody knows the impact and i just wanted to go over the unemployment numbers in october of 2019 the unemployment rate in city of providence was 3.6 by april of 2020 it skyrocketed in 1992. [Applause] good thing is it’s down it’s down to 6.2 but we still have a long way to go so our programs allow people to become more employable and that’s the reason why we do the training that we do we currently offer a lot of different training cbl drivers [Music] yeah i’m totally important to work yeah will you please prep up a little bit faster so we can have the premium with the both of the people yeah sure i’m sorry i’ll speed through thank you i’ll give you the impression thank you thank you my father said i was vaccinated with a pornograph needle but just even though we have a very high degree of success 40 of people who enter our programs and go through our program do enter unsubsidized employment so there is a very high percentage of people on our success especially existing programs uh you know basically you can go through those at your leisure on those types of things but there’s three main programs that we have we serve as adults dislocated workers which is very high right now mass layoffs other layoff industry layoffs as well third degree the builder handling providers seek half horsepower in the providence poverty authority [Music] so the basic plan that we have here is really to diversify our streams of income we survive right now on one strand which is the wheel of ground move forward to the challenges at that point inherent in leo is a challenge itself because we have to have credentials you have to have a license you have to attain post-secondary education so there’s many opportunities around the world that we can’t we can’t do as far as we need the credentials second challenge is the state doesn’t have a set formula for sharing and revenue and a lot of it is supported by the business community as well and you can see the numbers uh eight [Music] for real jobs and 45 million for real passwords but we don’t share on that that income third challenge is things that have happened in the department before where they’ve made cuts to people that were into things like a job developer operations manager job developer is very important for us to be out on the road on the job trainings work with the chambers work with the community groups so that we have an outreach program um future priorities first thing is to diversify our funding standards we can do other types of things during discussions with polaris mdp on this uh jane adams resource corporation to do manufacturing training we’re also talking to the dhci to take over the triage for their services and also bring the manufacturing sector into the there as well and the last thing is because we can diversify our funding change we’re going to be able to serve more populations with non-wayo situations more basic skills literacy skills financial skills anything that’s non-credentials thank you for your flexibility yeah i just want to to add that word for development for us has a high priority yeah so high importance so um everybody in the dashboard will have the presentation we will read it and if we need more explanation more details we will address to you so if someone have questions you so this is much about a question to educate me rather than giving you some ideas so i happen to be in the industry the hospitality industry in hotels and we could hire 50 more people tomorrow we can’t we thank that people we have general managers sales managers cleaning rooms right we have starting salaries of 15 an hour we provide 75 percent of health insurance benefits for staying for their family we have a 401k his life group disability managers come in and starting salary at 20 an hour we can’t hire anybody so we’ve got this problem you’re working on what are we doing in the hotel industry for example that we can’t attract people something we’re not providing that would be more attractive i i don’t i don’t think it’s anything that you’re doing wrong i think the situation right now and i think the subsidized unemployment is going to end september 4th and i think you might see a shift in that i think you know it’s one of those things that’s what people think at that point we haven’t seen a blip in volume coming through the door exactly like that um but i think one of the things is we’re also in discussions with the hospitality association there on our board we’re actually trying to come up with a career path development plan uh maybe for the higher levels on the management side the assistant manager’s side as well it’s very frustrating for every business i ran a chamber of commerce for years and to see what’s happening now personal trends going on but you think the one major thing is the subsidy that receives federal government is holding them back from i think i think it’s part of it i think it’s i think it’s the whole thing i think there’s been a displacement and one of the things we’re trying to do is people may not have been in that defending that business before as far as that goes so i i think the combination of everything that we have right i don’t think it’s one item that’s going to do it i mean the salaries are very strong but the benefit is very strong it’s just a question of getting people back to work thank you thank you for the presentation so just thinking about those a couple of things one um the restaurant and hospitality industry is pretty big in the city of providence and just thinking about how we can actually create a real partnership with them and training people starting at the high school level um to pursue that um that career pathway um but you know there are challenges that people face too like people who’ve been formally incarcerated at times they can’t be hired so um what are the policies that can be created or work again creating a partnership for some of these industries where they give people a chance and they hire them um transportation is an issue housing is an issue in childcare um because we’re also reading um there’s a major shortage in providers right now and because of the pandemic there’s limits the spaces are more limited and the costs have also gone up so i think one of the things to consider as people are going through these workforce development programs what are some additional fundings that can um that can be infected in addressing some of those basic like mean issues um i think that’s one of the major yeah everything that you hit on is in our in our within our discussions with the hospitality industry and also the manufacturing side um the jane adams uh resource corporations that we’re doing with polaris they have civil stations in um chicago and northern baltimore a lot of them are offenders so they’re able to get back into that situation um many of them were homeless in those situations but we can even under we owe we can collect some of the gaps on transportation child care clothing at times if they need it uh to go for interviews so there are resources what we’re looking to do is diversify that so that we can do some other more creative type things like you’re saying but they are in our proposals already all those like i’m saying yes thank you thank you stephen yeah um piggybacking on the the barriers to employment particular workforce opportunities i i wanted to share that um united way had an opportunity to partner with the office of post-secondary education the back-to-work rhode island initiative and have seen the significant impact that that has played in allowing folks who are either housing stable or experiencing homelessness initiatives and so you know to your point i think it’s important to pay attention to that as well um i did want to ask in that same vein if if you have connected with post-secondary education or where the conversation is either on you know ongoing basis or around stimulus yeah definitely we have we have about 14 active partners at the one stop itself right as well is an active partner with us already we’re involved with the province housing authority but we’re also obligated to offer supportive services so that when we do it’s really a holistic approach when somebody comes in it’s not just the job search they’re supposed to be going through the council which would interact with that person and find out there are housing issues health care issues [Applause] so but so they’re supposed to be offering those other types of services but like i said sometimes we outsize our hands as to what we can actually do so a lot of the times it’s a referral on those sort of surfaces but we do have a direct relationship with ride and many others and post secretaries i think available [Music] [Music] um as well as on victor’s presentation around who’ve been accessing the ppp mode i’d be curious to hear kind of the disaggregation of who’s been impacted as well and know where there’s the gap because of the 197 people that that you’ve served that’s certainly not representative of the 19.2 percent unemployment rate and so kind of where how you know what’s the percentage of racial and ethnic uses in the 19.2 compared to who you’re doing and that might be helpful in guiding targeted strategies for whatever programs are recycled for funding similarly of the businesses that have been impacted and what the demographics [Music] um just a quick point and i’m not sure steve if this is more for you or for victor but you know none of us know exactly why or the full reason of why workers aren’t coming back to work um you know even in spite of some employers that you know do look out for their employees i do think that what we’re seeing is sort of a day of recognition that has come where a lot of folks have been busting their tail and just not getting ahead and deciding i’m going to do something else and so during the pandemic you know oddly enough you’ve like we’ve seen an explosion of new business so people just started their own businesses and so you know i’m really interested with the workforce side how that leads into supporting entrepreneurs at a very early stage so that they can get so that they can get up and running so you know i i i see very much a connection between what both of you are doing but i see supporting entrepreneurs is a big part of supporting uh workforce as well yeah actually in the in it’s actually identified as an area it really hasn’t been done in the past got up there but like i said victor and i always we’re talking quite a bit as to what we can do for the small business community and how that’s going to work um i used to run a lot of program oscar notes we ran the uh with google secretary devine came in and did a great presentation on how to enhance your google presence for us it was in uh english and we went around a hispanic session uh as well um you know getting on the right foot presentations with the spdc i’m very cognizant of the fact maybe because what scares me to death is people are going to invest their hard earned money into a into a business and a location and then it may not work and you don’t want to see that happen i mean there was a statistic by ralph mollis one time the secretary of state he thought of the fact that 7 200 filings so it’s very important that we get it right to help them find a good location market some things have a digital presence all that kind of stuff but victor and i are working pretty close thank you for your presentation this is a really really important topic um just add a little context around all the underlying dynamics they get as a question of why are people not wanting to come back to work at this time or what’s going on in the relationship between employers and employees especially in low-wage workforces um [Music] a lot of these areas are the areas we’ve seen in the london outbreak the highest hospitalization mortality rates uh uh you know manufacturing production restaurants food workers live cooks health care workers with dnas have been really really interesting there’s a lot of people who died or have seriously sick in this area and so i think hope is not over there’s a lot of these opportunities i think there’s also uh because of low-income low-wage communities and poverty uh disproportionate health impacts of existing underlying species that have caused higher risk already uh and then i think there’s also a real lack of trust in terms of before the pandemic when there were pushes for increasing the minimum wage or for basic leave these are the same reflectors that lobbied extensively to push back and not allow basically to happen or to put a new home and to really not look out for the well-being and quality of life of their employees and i think we saw that play out in terms of the what happened to people’s well-being during the pandemic and so i think uh the it’s not just around the people are staying healthy they’re still getting unemployment at least i think there’s a real issue with people not wanting to sacrifice their yeah like i said it’s a big combination of things why the workforce has been moving back and there’s a lot of that i mean coverage is still a problem they look at i sort of think the other day on bus drivers uh older people are not becoming bus drivers are good they don’t want to be next to unmasked children that are not vaccinated so it’s having an impact on even getting kids back yeah i don’t want to make it seem like it’s just one thing um from a business standpoint that gets mentioned a lot uh to us but i also think exactly what you’re saying what we try to do is we try to elevate people from i’m a big believer in not just creating jobs for creating careers i used to say that all the time we need to stop talking about jobs and stop talking about careers and that’s that’s really the the mantra that i’ve had even when i was running a chamber anybody can create a job can you create a career and that’s what i think that we’re trying to do and that’s why we need the flexibility and additional funding to do that and we want to see that elevation in not only the different job but also in their educational level a lot of times people come into the office they have a fifth grade reading level is the average that we get so we have to make improvements in those situations and we have to move them into career paths i’ll give you an example of a great career path construction into manufacturing that i couldn’t do it was an industrial supplement job 16 17 an hour i couldn’t fund the training for that because there’s no credentials so it’s like if i can’t give you a you know a license or a certification i believe in that and my son and i take there’s really not a lot of credentials like even on the i.t so when you want to move into coding web development not a lot of certification so i agree i think right now yeah i just want to take a minute i know that we are running out of time yeah just a minute to put in the table something that i don’t see is considered i feel that it’s important to consider in your plan which is the information information campaign there are too much fear outside in the low-income families they used to live five six ten in one apartment they don’t feel that in their job place that are safe environment so we need to work with employers and create a campaign to communicate that they are in a safe environment and of course the employer needs to have in consideration some rules and some regulations to guarantee to the to the people that they won’t contaminate and affecting their family so i think that it’s some it’s an element that should be considered yeah i think in part of that element and what you’re talking about oscar is that’s why we need we need to have career pathways coordinated to be knocking on the doors we can do a lot of on-the-job training opportunities that are not credentialed we can subsidize people’s uh wages up to ten dollars an hour depending on twenty dollars we can do that up to ten thousand dollars but i need i need somebody knocking on doors you know it’s not it’s not going to happen we’re not going to sit at risk or avenue they’re all going to be walking in but right what happens right now is we get you know direct referrals an employer will find out about some calls but we know there’s more opportunity actually going out into the community working with the women spanish chamber and other other community organizations to have somebody knocking on us right so without that we’re trying to do a lot okay so thank you for one more point um i’m often assumed that you will be able to converse by this function because for someone who works with a lot of people who are unemployed in the heart of state because they find the whole process of launching so the requirements through wioa and making that possible connection is um really overwhelming for them so in paris um [Music] thank you very much for your presentation thank you um again everybody will have the the presentation and they could send us a comment and share ideas with us um so let’s go with the next topic which is public comment please open from [Music] anyone would like to speak please raise your hand [Applause] anyone from the public meeting [Music] everybody agree okay aye [Music]
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