On May 12, 2020, Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer joined the WINC-FM Wake-Up Show to discuss Loudoun’s business response to COVID-19.
“We have always been such a proactive economic development organization in trying to bring new business in. Effective March 16, we completely turned that around and really focused on the businesses that are in Loudoun County.
“We went out to find the information that could help businesses. We got that out, we did direct outreach, and we’ve talked to thousands of businesses during that time. We’ve let them shape our response,” Rizer told the WINC hosts. “When we started to see the unemployment rate go up, we created a Loudoun Jobs portal.”
“When our [residents] and restaurants said they were having a hard time getting fresh food, we created the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace.”
“We were very instrumental in putting together a grant program of $1.4 million that was put together last week to over 200 businesses, to help keep them in place. So we have tried very hard to ensure that we are responding in every way that the businesses need.
On the process for re-opening the economy, Rizer reminded the WINC audience that it would be a process.
“It is important that we remember that this is going to be a process. I always say that just because you open up the economy doesn’t mean that the economy is going to open up,” he said. “It’s a long process and it’s going to be tough for businesses.
“Please get out there and support your local businesses. Do whatever you can to help them make it through this tough time because we all want our businesses to thrive. We all want to be part of a community where things are going great.
“Obviously, right now, we’ve got some things that we’re working through, but we’re doing it as a community and doing it together. I remain very optimistic for the future of Loudoun.”