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Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s commitment to safety and sustainability during COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 global health crisis continues, DEGC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, along with sustaining businesses throughout the City. Our organization remains focused on initiatives to keep our employees safe and stabilizing our local economy.

DEGC is working remotely until further notice. Our team can be reached through email and by telephone. Direct contact information can be found on the staff page of DEGC’s website. Please continue to contact any staffer during normal work hours.

Additionally, we have put clear policies in place to help reduce employee stress and facilitate a virtual workplace. Each of our executives is in daily contact with their teams, and I’m glad to report that all of our employees are rising to the challenge. We’ve also provided instructions for self-reporting in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

DEGC Leading Small Business Support
In an effort to sustain Detroit businesses during this crisis, the DEGC is partnering with the City and others to develop a pool of immediate resources. The first such tool is the Small Business Stabilization Fund, created by TechTown and Quicken Loans in partnership with Invest Detroit and the DEGC. Your contribution to this fund is greatly appreciated.

This is only the beginning. Our Small Business Services team is working with Invest Detroit, Tech Town, CDFIs, our philanthropic partners and federal, state and city governments on larger solutions.

The Board Administration staff is working to conduct public board meetings using video/telephone conferencing, in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-20. An updated schedule of board meetings, as well as instructions on how to join a meeting, are located on the DEGC’s website.

In closing, let me assure you that the DEGC remains committed to leading economic development in whatever form that takes during the COVID-19 crisis. As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 together, we will be transparent in our communications and update you with new developments in this forum and on our COVID-19 webpage.

Please stay safe, support Detroit businesses in whatever way you can, and help flatten the disease curve through limited social interaction.

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