Organizations Partner to Gauge Potential Economic Impact of COVID-19 on West Virginia

WV Association of Regional Councils, WV’s Chamber of Commerce, and WV Development Office Hope to Position State for Future Stimulus Funds!

The WV Association of Regional Councils (WVARC), WV Chamber of Commerce and the WV Development Office announced a partnership to maximize stimulus funds for West Virginia in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the organizations will be collecting data on the impact of business closures and accommodations to better understand recovery needs and to assist the public with locating restaurants, pharmacies and to help businesses that are still providing services in the midst of closures.

As part of the partnership, WVARC will work with the WV Chamber and local Chamber of Commerce to utilize a combination of polling efforts to Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to qualify the COVID=19 economic impact. That data will be analyzed by the Regional Councils to fully understand the true economic impact. Once completed, the data will be released to public and utilized to maximize public relief efforts.

To take the Business Impact Survey and the survey for businesses with amended hours and procedures during the pandemic, please visit https://west-virginia-covid-19-business-impact-region1.hub.arcgis.com/

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