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Collin County Economic Recovery Task Force

by Heather Reynolds
As a result of COVID-19 and the economic shutdown that has happened as a result, Collin County families are now suffering from two dangerous threats. First, to our collective public health; and second, to our ability to provide for our families’ basic needs. For weeks, we’ve been singularly focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the public health, and we’re seeing positive results from that strategy. We provide regular updates at www.CollinCountyTX.gov and at www.ChrisHill.us/COVID19, and our “Stay Home and Work Safe” measures appear to be working. I am convinced that now, more than ever, we need a strategy that addresses both threats. We must take steps to help families recover from lost jobs and lost wages while also remaining focused on keeping families healthy.

We have already been planning for the day that statewide restrictions on our families and businesses are lifted and life can begin to return to normal. While we are still in the midst of what may be called “phase 1” of the response (i.e., social distancing, staying home, and avoiding large gatherings), we must actively prepare for the careful and calculated reopening of our businesses and institutions.

With that in mind, last week I formed a Collin County Economic Recovery Task Force, comprised of talented business and industry experts and leaders from corporations and small businesses across the county and across various industries. I tasked this team to develop strategies to get Collin County families back to work safely and as soon as possible; and to develop ideas for city, county, and state policy makers to promote a sustainable economic recovery in Collin County. Their guidance, taken together with the advice of our medical doctors and scientists, will provide the foundation of our strategy to get Collin County families back to work.

In the meantime, our entire team here at Collin County continues to work together with state and local partners in pursuit of our shared objectives of protecting both the physical health and the financial health of our families. We can, and we must, do both.

Chris Hill    

Task Force Chairman David Bristol, President and CEO, Employee Solutions
Kyle Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Baylor University Medical Center
Mark Davis Bailey, President and CEO, The Original Pancake House (DFW)
David Brooks, Chairman, President and CEO, Independent Bank
Scott Burchett, Chief Operating Officer, Frisco RoughRiders
Pete Carey, Vice President, Toyota Financial Services
Dr. Bob Collins, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Executive in Residence, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Tyler Cooper, MD, President and CEO, Cooper Aerobics
Phil Crone, Executive Director, Dallas Builders Association
Randy DeWitt, President and CEO, Front Burner Restaurants
Tony Ewing, President and CEO, Advanced Fixtures, Inc.
Nick Ganter, Senior Population Health Account Executive, AbbVie
Roger Harris, President and CEO, Metro Linen
Jamee Jolly, Senior Executive Director, Plano ISD Education Foundation
David Kemp, Retired, IT Professional
Jerry Kezhaya, President and CEO, The Auto Shop
Pat Lobb, President and CEO, Toyota of McKinney
Adam Majorie, Chief Advocacy Officer, Collin County Association of Realtors
Dave Osburn, President and CEO, Osburn Contractors LLC
Linda Paulk, President and CEO, Sky Ranch
Jeff Place, Raytheon Intelligence and Space Vice President Operations and Supply Chain
Ben Pogue, President and CEO, Pogue Construction
Barry Rich, President and CEO, RPM xConstruction, LLC
Keresa Richardson, President and CEO, Lawton Commercial Services and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Amanda Rockow, Vice President of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Dallas
Virginia Schaefer, Director, Government Relations, Texas Instruments
John Scheef, Founding Partner, Scheef and Stone Attorneys
Nathan Sheets, President and CEO, Nature Nate’s Honey
Robb Temple, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Independent Bank
Mark Ulfig, Executive Vice President, Sanden Holdings Corporation
Rick Wells, President and CEO, Wells Hospitality Group  

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