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May 12, 2020 3:03pm

GLI Needs Your Help, Job Seeker Connection Program

Dear Friends,

As portions of our regional economy come back online, we know the hard work is just beginning. Since the submission of our Healthy At Work in Greater Louisville reopening proposal, we have been collecting your feedback, questions, and concerns to share with government leaders. Thanks to your engagement, adjustments and clarification have been made to guidance related to masks and temperature screenings. GLI also continues to communicate the need for forward-looking plans and timelines to better prepare our businesses for reopening.

One major challenge ahead that will impact every employer in every industry is access to child care. We are actively working to identify ways we can support our region’s childcare providers.

Lastly, more work needs to be done at the federal level. GLI is closely monitoring and communicating with congressional leaders about proposals related to legal liability, local and state government support, and loan forgiveness.

As many of you are working to update your business’ safety protocols and procedures, we know many recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program have serious concerns in the coming weeks to meet the loan forgiveness eligibility requirements. The overwhelming majority of businesses in Greater Louisville are still closed or facing reduced capacity as they return, so the ability to hire or rehire continues to be a major challenge. We need to urge congressional members to extend the deadline so businesses can qualify for loan forgiveness.  To do so, we need specific information from you.

Job Seeker Connection Program
GLI has partnered with KentuckianaWorks to launch a Job Seeker Connection program. This program supports workers who have lost their job or experienced a pay reduction due to COVID-19. Job seekers can share their contact information and skillsets, desired industries and willingness to participate in training. Our team will filter this information and connect potential employers to interested candidates.

Trends across the country have indicated that employers are having difficulty in filling openings and recalling workers. By bringing opportunities directly to job seekers, we hope to facilitate a faster, stronger return to the labor market.

If you would like to participate as a job seeker enter your information here. If you are an employer who is interested in receiving contact information from job seekers please email GLI’s Director of Education and Workforce Connectivity, Jessie Schook.

Get PPE for Your Returning Workforce
GLI is working hard to support our business community. If you are in need of PPE for your returning workforce, you can purchase it on our Crisis Support Hub. We have also acquired a small supply for those who may need it more urgently. If your company is in need of disposable face masks, you can purchase them in allotments of 50 for approximately $62.50 (plus sales tax) by placing your order here. We will have the masks available for pick up at GLI offices during scheduled hours throughout the coming weeks. More information on those details coming soon. For more information, please contact Deana Epperly Karem.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

  • GLI is partnering with Louisville Zero to provide a free platform that allows businesses to self-rate their hygiene and safety measures that are aligned with CDC guidelines. Businesses will be given a score (red, yellow or green) in a system where “Yelp” meets public health. To get your business participating in this platform, contact Lopa Mehrotra or Amanda Bates to get started.
  • Louisville Water is asking businesses to safely resume operations as workers return to businesses that have been empty or under used. Properly flushing plumbing is an essential part of that safe, re-opening strategy. After water flows through the meter, building owners are responsible for maintaining water quality. Louisville Water has created a step-by-step guide to help business owners understand how to flush the internal plumbing. Learn how to do that here.

UPCOMING GLI EVENTS

GLI COVID-19 Help: The Latest from the UofL Department of Infectious Disease
Thursday, May 14 ● 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Join GLI and Professor Ruth Carrico PhD with University of Louisville’s internationally recognized Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Disease for an update and the latest information about our region’s continued COVID-19 response strategy including updates on testing and best practices for industry re-opening. The discussion will close with a live Q & A session so be sure to submit your questions in advance or come prepared to post during the webinar.
REGISTER

GLI COVID-19 Help: Caffeine & Quarantine: Chat with Your Chamber
Presented by Park Community Credit Union

Thursday, May 19 ● 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!
REGISTER

GLI COVID-19 Help: Voting During COVID-19: Conversation with KY Secretary of State, Michael Adams
Presented by Babbage Cofounder
Thursday, May 28 ● 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
On June 23rd, Kentuckians will cast ballots in the state’s 2020 primary elections against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Join GLI for a conversation with Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams to learn what you need to do to be prepared to vote and hear about the steps Kentucky is taking to protect public health and the democratic process ahead of the 2020 elections.
REGISTER

For sponsorship opportunities contact Alana Turner.

Other Updates:

  • UPS is providing a $100,000 contribution to the University of Louisville to fund promising research into blocking the novel coronavirus from infecting human cells.
  • Norton Healthcare has received $125,000 from the PNC Foundation for COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will be used to provide antibody testing as part of the Norton Healthcare Convalescent Plasma Program, make additional testing available for patients and provide meals for employees.
  • Today is KY Gives Day. Our nonprofits need us more than ever right now. Kentucky Gives Day brings charities and Kentuckians—near and far—together for a powerful day of action and philanthropy. Your donations today can help your favorite nonprofit(s) power through this difficult time.
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.
SUBMIT A QUESTION
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