Highlights from Downtown Denver Partnership’s 1st COVID-19 Member Briefing Webinar

March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020 Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) engaged our members, community leaders, and business owners in the first weekly COVID-19 Membership Briefing webinar. Key takeaways include:

    • Dr. Robin Wittenstein, CEO of Denver Health, reported that the most recent data estimated that Colorado had 81 hospitalized cases, with two-thirds of those patients in Denver Health.
      • If you or your business would like to support Denver Health, you can donate blood, funds, protective gear, masks, or other supplies.
    • James Ginsberg, Deputy Director for the City and County of Denver Department of Housing and Stability, reiterated that:
      • The City’s current focus is supporting the overnight shelter system; including a shortage of volunteers, and the inability of those working or staying in shelters to practice social distancing in these spaces. 
      • The City is working with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to secure hotel rooms for quarantining homeless individuals who are showing symptoms but don’t require intensive care.
      • If you are able to help, please review this spreadsheet, which outlines the needs for the homeless community that are most critical.
    • Deborah Cameron, the Chief Business Development Officer for the Department of Economic Development, and Randy Thelen, the Sr. Vice President of Economic Development at the Downtown Denver Partnership, spoke about efforts in place to empower businesses during this time: 
      • Qualifying businesses are able to apply for Small Business Administration funding.
      • Other available funding includes a cash grant program for small businesses awarding funds up to $7,500, and a micro loan and grant program providing funding from $5,000-$50,000. 
      • You can help support local restaurants by using this site, which takes no profits from restaurants, for to-go orders, ToGoDenver.com.
      • Join us March 26 at 3:45 PM for the Denver Small Business Relief Fund Webinar. Details on other upcoming webinars for the business community will be coming soon.
    • City Council President Jolon Clark concluded the briefing, highlighting that our City Council is responding directly to the impacts of the pandemic through efforts like the Emergency Business Support fund, while also continuing to move forward with regular city business with the aim of a powerful economic recovery on the other side of this. 

The Partnership will continue to host weekly COVID-19 Membership briefings. Click here to join us for next week’s webinar on March 31st at 3:00 PM.