FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2021
Commissioners Send the Governor Another Letter
The Letter Asks Governor to Get People Back to Work and Save our Businesses
(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and resources to finding ways to help our local businesses and communities during this pandemic. As a part of their continuing efforts, they sent another letter to Oregon’s Governor today, asking her to put our businesses first, and to get Oregonians back to work, sooner rather than later. The latest letter expresses their sincere concern for the current and future economic plight of local businesses with regards to the lack of available, willing and motivated individuals to enter or reenter the workforce. The continued extensions of enhanced employment benefits during the pandemic has created a stalemate of applicants for businesses who are in desperate need of workers in order to continue to keep their doors open. The economic future of our local businesses is contingent on the immediate action by the Governor to repair the workforce slump caused by the pandemic and to help in revitalizing Oregon’s economy again.
Commissioner Chris Boice, in particular has been working with local business communities and community partners to secure and distribute funding opportunities, provide access to resources and training, and in developing solutions to workforce issues throughout the pandemic. Commissioner Boice authored this letter, and asked the other Commissioners to join him in signing it and sending it to the Governor. A copy of the two-page letter from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners that was sent on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 to the Governor is attached below.