With the current global crisis, uncertain times and tough decisions having to be made by our business community, we want to express our collective concern and commitment to our business family. As COVID-19 spreads globally and is now impacting us locally, we want to let our business family know you are not alone and that together we will get through this. We know there will be a direct and significant negative economic impact on your business and the lives of your valued employees and empathize that decisions being made daily are some of the most difficult for your organization to make.
The Summerside Economic Development Office will do its very best to work directly with you to navigate these very trying times and be as open and responsive as possible in whatever capacity we can. We understand that this coronavirus epidemic will have an inevitable and profound effect on our economy, our business and those valued employees that are the hallmark of our ethos in Summerside.
While we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we are confident that the City of Summerside, our Provincial and Federal partners along with our collective business community will find a way to get through this together and, to that end, we will be readjusting some of our programming to ensure we achieve just that. Our goal and actions will be focussed on ensuring our business community will be supported and assisted in the most positive way it can be and we are dedicated to finding every way possible to support our business community as we move through this crisis.
As business leaders in our community, we must all play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of the workforce and residents and ensure we stick together as a proud Summerside community. We are also cognisant that preparing now for a world post virus is critical to long-term success and happiness for us all.
The Office of Economic Development is monitoring the situation daily, conferring with municipalities across Canada, and networking with our Provincial and Federal Leaders on how best to address the current and long-term impacts of this situation on our economy. We are working on ensuring we find unique and substantive ways to navigate through this crisis and finding ways to come out of this crisis stronger and even more resilient than we are today.
We are requesting as we adapt to these new realities that we keep in touch and that you keep us informed of how your business is being impacted and the challenges you are facing or answers you might be seeking. Rest assured that we will try our best to address and work together on solutions. As we develop new paths, programs and actions to deal longer term we want to find ways to work directly with you to help our collective community. We are working very closely with our partners, agencies and networks to develop ways in which we can support and coordinate a positive path forward.
Our office recognizes the sacrifices we collectively are making and understands that the playbook for dealing with such a crisis does not exist, but we hope that we can work together to find a way to make the post-coronavirus business community in Summerside stronger. To reach our office with questions, concerns or ideas, please feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org