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TOWN ESTABLISHES ECONOMIC SUPPORT AND RECOVERY TASK FORCE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

HALTON HILLS, ON – To continue to support the local business community, the Town of Halton Hills has established an Economic Support and Recovery Task Force in collaboration with the Acton and Georgetown Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and Chamber of Commerce.


The move comes as a continuation of the Town’s efforts to bring together stakeholders and collectively work to support business continuity. Co-chaired by Mayor Rick Bonnette and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Brent Marshall, the task force includes the Director of Economic Development, Innovation and Culture, other senior staff, key business stakeholders and representatives from the two BIAs and Chamber of Commerce. “These are unprecedented times,” said the Mayor. "And it is during times of duress that it is more important than ever that we work together to address the significant challenges faced by our business community.”


The goals of the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force include:

1. Continued engagement of the business community;

2. Coordination of communication;

3. Data collection, analysis and reporting on business needs;

4. Minimizing economic impacts of COVID-19 by investigating potential support measures and best practices;

5. Exploring actions to support long-term economic recovery;

6. Advocating to other levels of governments to address local business needs; and

7. Developing and implementing an Economic Recovery Action Plan to position Halton Hills for an accelerated economic recovery.


According to CAO Marshall, the establishment of the task force is critical to supporting the ongoing health of the community. “The success of our businesses, large and small, supports the Town’s ability to deliver services. We have always fostered an attractive business environment to support the creation of opportunities for a strong, local workforce and now it is time to support their efforts to be resilient.”


The Task Force will build on the Town’s actions taken to date. These have included property tax relief, Halton Hills Hydro rate relief, launch of a dedicated website for COVID-19 business resources, ongoing business and investor outreach, a business survey, continued processing of existing and new planning applications, and the ongoing development of a Recovery Plan. Businesses are encouraged to visit investhaltonhills.com for regular updates.


Learn more about the Town’s response to COVID-19 at: haltonhills.ca/covid19

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