General May 15th, 2020

Going Back Together: Wood Buffalo businesses aim for safe reopening of economy

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New business portal offers centralized spot for resources and information

Wood Buffalo business leaders and organizations from the Business Recovery Task Force encourage the region to embrace a united approach to keep each other safe as we reopen the Wood Buffalo economy.

“We’re committed to seeing our businesses reopened and getting the economy up and running. But a commitment to doing this safely is going to drive every part of this work,” said Kevin Weidlich, Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation’s CEO and Chair of the Business Recovery Task Force. “Reopening an economy is no easy task, and there is complexity to it. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch. It’s more about turning a dial carefully.”

The staged opening for a variety of business sectors has been established and allowed by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Our region’s businesses in this phase of reopening are faced with the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, the Flood and an economic downturn. The Business Recovery Task Force respects and encourages that all businesses will make their own decision about when they can safely reopen.

“This is a historic moment for our region,” said Weidlich. “We get one chance to reopen safely – let’s take the time to communicate the importance of keeping each other safe. We are investing in a multi-touchpoint campaign that captures our culture of safety in our community and reminds us that if we follow the rules and stay informed we can return to work safely together.”

Local organizations have partnered to develop a centralized portal that provides business resources and supports to help plan for reopening. WBCentral.biz houses federal, provincial and local resources all in one spot; specific and relevant to our region’s unique circumstances.

The Business Recovery Task Force encourages the community to share this message and your stories of how we are going back together safely using #GoingBackTogether.

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