10/26/2021 2:36 PM
SOMERVILLE, New Jersey – Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson and Commissioner Paul Drake will host the third live Facebook panel discussion focused on COVID recovery, this time targeting ‘businesses and city centers’. Somerset County has received nearly $ 64 million in federal US bailout funds to support all aspects of the county’s strong and fair recovery from the COVID pandemic. Commissioners invite the public to post questions and comments on the topic during the live broadcast.
“Downtowns and local stores have been hit extremely hard by the COVID pandemic, and many are still struggling to recover,” Commissioner Robinson said. “We have the opportunity to use US bailout funds to rethink how we support our local business communities and develop strategies and programs that not only help these local gems recover, but thrive in as we move to the new normal. ”
The first two roundtables in the series focused on two other important segments: 1) Residents and nonprofits (see on Youtube), and 2) Tourism and Hospitality (see on Youtube). The information and ideas generated by these round tables and online survey will be used to develop programs, marketing and other strategies to build a strong and equitable recovery for all aspects of Somerset County.
Click here to see the Business and Town Center Roundtable broadcast live on the Somerset County Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28. Click here to subscribe and receive a reminder just before the livestream.
“Somerset County has a great diversity in its local shops, restaurants and businesses, whether in city centers, on our highways or hidden away in some of our villages,” said Commissioner Drake. “We are committed to helping all of our local businesses that have struggled over the past eighteen months to thrive exiting the pandemic, and the ideas and strategies we will discuss at the roundtable will help us do just that. ”
Panelists for the October 28 roundtable include:
- Peter Cocoziello, Jr., owner of Advance Realty
- Chris Edwards, Managing Director of Somerset County Business Partnership
- Janine Erickson, Hillsborough Township Committee Member
- Melissa Jenkins, owner of BAM Desserts
- Al LiCata, President of the Bernards Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Juanita Painson, President of the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce
- Natalie Pineiro, Executive Director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance
- Lucy Sandler, owner of House of Blooms