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April 24, 2020 4:20pm

GLI Hosting Virtual Focus Groups to Discuss Re-Opening, How to Buy PPE for Your Workforce

Dear Friends,

Today, GLI joined business organizations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in voicing support for efforts to coordinate economic reopening efforts among these seven states. We want Governor Beshear, Governor Holcomb, and other governors throughout the Midwest to know that the business community stands ready to collaborate with them as we undertake the vital work of reopening our economies. Proactive coordination not only across state lines but between the public and private sectors will be crucial to ensuring success.

GLI would like to hear your plans for re-opening. We think it is critical to talk with businesses across all sectors to learn best practices, concerns and the unique challenges you may face. We are hosting virtual focus groups on Monday, April 27th to gather your input. Here are the times by industry:

  • 8:00-9:00 am: Education & Training (Register Here)
  • 9:00-10:00 am: Hospitality & Civic Assets (Register Here)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Manufacturing & Logistics, with Support from the Advanced Manufacturing/Logistics Network (Register Here)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Health, with support from the Health Enterprises Network (HEN) (Register Here)
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Retail & Business Solutions Providers (Register Here)

If you cannot join any of these focus groups and want to submit comments or best practices you are aware of for your industry, please contact Miriam Nally.

As we watch some states proceed with re-opening their economies, establish a framework for our own re-opening, and continue to fight the virus in our hospitals and homes, it is critical that we have access to personal protective equipment (PPE). Many local businesses have modified their normal operations to produce PPE that is for sale to the general public. GLI has collected a list of companies selling PPE to businesses or the public. If you are producing or distributing PPE that is available for sale to businesses or the public, contact Deana Epperly Karem.


GLI COVID-19 Help: Stock Market Outlook & Economist Overview with Baird
Tuesday, April 28 ● 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join GLI and Top Investor, Baird, for an insightful economic outlook with Chief Investment Strategist, Bruce Bittles. A frequent guest analyst on CNBC, Bruce will provide a “common sense” perspective on the outlook for the economy and the markets. As a stock market analysis to Baird’s retail, institutional and corporate clients, Bruce will share his extensive background and knowledge of the markets and what both businesses and individuals be considering during this unprecedented time.

GLI COVID-19 Help: Caffeine & Quarantine: Chat with Your Chamber presented by Park Community Credit Union
Wednesday, April 29 ● 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grab a Coffee and join GLI staff, Park Community Credit Union and other investors for some (virtual) human connection! Get a brief update on GLI, see some familiar faces, and let us know what’s going on with you! If you’ve been missing your networking events, this is the next best thing!

GLI COVID-19 Help: Mental Health Resources
Wednesday, May 6 ● 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join GLI and Nancy Brooks, Executive Director, from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Louisville to discuss the important topic of mental health management during COVID-19. The presentation will cover the significant cost (both financially and health-wise) mental illness causes on both individuals and families and will focus on what employers can do to support their workforce during this time. With COVID-19 creating uncertainty and anxiety in even the healthiest of people, we will discuss “silent” signs of depression and anxiety and various resources to help workers navigate these challenges.

If you are interested in placing an ad in this newsletter, please contact  Alana Turner for more information.

Other Updates:

  • If you have questions about the impact on your business from COVID-19 (from testing to PPE to financing to legislation to re-entry and everything in between) call GLI’s COVID-19 hotline at 502-625-0000 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • The University of Louisville is offering a program to decontaminate used N95 respirators, boosting the supply of masks for local health care providers, first responders and community organizations such as nursing homes at no charge.
  • The University of Louisville is asking employers to help place their student-athletes in internships this summer. If you have an opening and would like to learn more, contact Alyssa Murphy.
  • Developing nations are more at risk from both COVID-19 and its impact on their local economies. One expert calls for a Global Marshall Plan, where debt will be erased and additional contributions will be made by the richest countries to help overcome the destruction.
  • Looking for a way to spruce up your Zoom background? Try these Kentucky backgrounds and show your Bluegrass pride.
GLI is collecting the questions we’ve been asked about how COVID-19 impacts your business. To see those responses, click here. If you have a question that you would like answered, submit that below.
We will continue to work diligently to present the best, most informative information to you on a regular basis.

Stay safe & healthy,
Sarah Davasher-Wisdom