Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #274
Order Adopted
Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Community Development Department and other pertinent City staff to establish a Black and Brown-Owned Business Taskforce, to be focused upon strengthening the City’s outreach efforts, information-sharing, assistance mechanisms, and overall relationship with local Black and Brown-owned businesses, and to establish a rolling set of recommendations designed to ensure the City spares no effort in assisting these businesses

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Department:City Clerk's Office, DSSponsors:Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the City has taken measures to assist local businesses in weathering the worst of the storm, including establishing funds to help businesses pay their staffs, their rent, and other critical operating expenses as these businesses have been temporarily shuttered or operating at reduced capacity; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

While these measures have helped many local businesses, there have been concerns raised that these measures have not been reaching and not being applied to all businesses equally, and that Black and Brown-owned businesses have been particularly hit hard by the financial impact of this pandemic; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

The fact that Black and Brown-owned businesses have been among those hardest hit, and among those least likely to access financial and other forms of assistance, during this crisis has been in keeping with the broader experience these local businesses have had as part of the local economy, and the pandemic has laid bare the need for the City to conduct a greater level of engagement with representatives of the Black and Brown-owned business community to ensure that these entities are not only better positioned to survive the Covid-19 era, but will be poised to thrive more generally as the City looks to the future; now therefore be it 

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Community Development Department and other pertinent City staff to establish a Black and Brown-Owned Business Taskforce, to be focused upon strengthening the City’s outreach efforts, information-sharing, assistance mechanisms, and overall relationship with local Black and Brown-owned businesses, and to establish a rolling set of recommendations designed to ensure the City spares no effort in assisting these businesses; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter in a timely manner.  

 

Meeting History

Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan