The City of Temecula announces Temecula Revive, an online resource focusing on the community’s economic recovery in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The City, which will continue to follow direction set by Federal, State, and County public health agencies, is looking ahead to the revitalization of the local economy. This web resource is a centralized clearinghouse of information, developed in alliance with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visit Temecula Valley, to equip Temecula businesses and residents with resources to help mitigate the COVID-19 economic fallout.
Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart encourages local businesses and residents to consult the website for information related to economic recovery. “In addition to being Mayor of this great City, I am also a businessman. I know first-hand the high price we are paying at the City level and private business level by doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The impact to our economy is real, but the people of Temecula are strongly united in our resolve to rebuild quickly, safely, and with determination to make sure this recession is temporary.”
The website, which can be found at TemeculaCA.gov/revive, provides concise and informative summaries of available resources, including Federal and State stimulus packages such as the CARES Act. Information is divided into categories including: Individuals & Families, Small Businesses, Education & Students, Senior Citizens, Veterans, and others. Each item includes who’s eligible, significant dates, a short overview, and a direct link to the primary source of information. In order to get information as quickly as possible, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the links provided and directly contact the agency administering a given program. There is also a wide variety of supporting information, ranging from free webinars, links to job opportunities, food pantries and more.
“This wasn’t what I had in mind when I announced 2020 would be the year of ‘Temecula FUN,’” Mayor Stewart added, “but in the midst of it all, there is a thriving economy to look forward to again. We’re in a better position than many communities because our local economy was exceptionally strong to start. Additionally, the City’s conservative fiscal policies, including 5-year forecasts and strategic planning, will support the infrastructure our residents and businesses need as we rise together and reestablish our vibrant local economy by shopping local, promoting Temecula Valley businesses, and overcoming this COVID-19-induced health and financial crisis.”
To further assist local businesses, the City is providing the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) additional office space within its business incubator and resource center known as the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange or TVE2, which is located within Temecula’s former City Hall at 43200 Business Park Drive. The SBDC will provide expanded one-on-one consulting services for existing businesses who have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in gross receipts or customers, or a temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. These free business consulting services are available now and will continue through this pandemic, and beyond. Business owners can get guidance and advice from industry experts on a multitude of topics including finance, human resource/staffing laws, disaster/contingency planning and more. Response planning will be flexible and change as our business community recovers and additional areas of assistance are identified. Contact Paul Nolta at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Federal, State and County governments have widely promoted that lifting the public health restrictions will be phased as public health milestones are met. The City recommends following the State of California and County of Riverside Public Health Departments closely, and listening to Governor Newsom’s press conferences which are posted daily to the State’s Facebook page, as he provides cues and has mentioned he will outline how businesses may need to prepare to operate once re-opening occurs. These may include adjusting the physical layout to accommodate social distancing, continuing telecommuting when possible, having hand sanitizer available, wearing masks, screening for flu-like symptoms and other guidelines to promote a safe environment.
Mayor Stewart concluded, “We can’t have a strong economy without a healthy community. We’re calling on every resident of Temecula to do their part to help get the City back on its feet as soon as possible. We’ve always been a family-friendly and business-friendly community, and that will be what helps us pull through this unprecedented situation. I look forward to the City’s economic revival, and a community that is even better than before.”