Bringing Back the Burg Business Recovery Task Force holds news conference

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg’s Bringing Back the Burg Business Recovery Task Force held a news conference Thursdsay afternoon to discuss updates in their efforts to boost the local economy.

“The purpose of this effort is to guide and advise businesses and elected officials through the process of reviving Spartanburg’s economy as quickly and as safely as possible,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said.

The Bringing Back the Burg Task Force was created to help keep local businesses afloat during this global pandemic.

“The risk of COVID-19 is real and it will be with us for quite some time,” Dr. Chris Lombardozzi, with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, said.

There are several things the task force has and will continue to keep an eye on, as they’ll serve as measurements for success in their fight against the virus.

“The H tax, accommodations tax, sales tax, occupancy rates, unemployment, wages, downtown pedestrian traffic, and airport passengers–just to name a few,” Britt said.

The task force said they will be monitoring these vitals weekly–if not daily–over the next few months.

They told 7 News safety will be a top priority in their efforts to revive the local economy, so they’ve partnered with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System to focus on safe business operations.

“Safe businesses will be successful businesses,” Dr. Lombardozzi said.

Health officials said businesses should continue taking the same safety measures they’ve been taking, like screening employees and disinfecting common areas among other things.

“This simple little bottle, these masks, and that distance are some of the most important measures we have in combating the Coronavirus,” Lombardozzi said.

The task force said getting the economy back to where it was is not going to be an easy task.

“Consumer behavior accounts for 70-80% of our nation’s overall economy and that consumer behavior has drastically changed over the last 10 weeks,” Allen Smith, with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, said.

That’s why the Spartanburg Chamber has created a guidebook designed to help Spartanburg businesses navigate resources and create plans for their workplaces.

“We will do it together and, in due time, the burg will be back,” Smith said.

For more information on the business guidebook and the task force’s goals, click here.

According to officials with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, a business recovery fund will be rolling out next month to help meet the needs of the local business community.

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