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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Public Notice: Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts

April 8, 2020

CONTACT: Michelle Shoresman, County Public Information Officer 

(805) 781-5192, 

Melissa James, REACH CEO

Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts

Online hub connects residents, businesses to regional economic relief and recovery resources 

Communities and households across the Central Coast are facing severe economic hardships as we try to overcome this COVID-19 crisis, and economic relief is on the way. 

Local public and private leaders from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have come together as an informal coalition to provide economic relief. Resources as a result of this work can be found at

“Local employers have had to furlough or lay off workers, and residents are struggling to make ends meet,” said Wade Horton, County of San Luis Obispo’s Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director. “But we are resilient, and we will get through these difficult economic challenges together.” 

The County of San Luis Obispo and REACH, formerly The Hourglass Project, are leading a regional economic relief effort in partnership with cities, chambers, and community partners. is the first step the coalition is taking in working together to bring economic relief and recovery to the region. The website, which helps centralize and simplify access to economic relief resources region-wide, is being developed by local governments, Chambers of Commerce, Visit SLO CAL, Economic Vitality Corporation, higher education, local Workforce Development Boards, and local businesses. 

"We are one region, and we need to have one united voice, one coordinated response to the significant challenges facing the lives and livelihood of the people of the Central Coast," said REACH CEO Melissa James. "The first of many actions of this coalition is to bring access to economic relief resources all in one place” is a dynamic tool being developed by a network of public and private partners. It will make available the most relevant information and resources for our local employers and workforce and currently includes tax relief resources, information about State and Federal stimulus funding, workforce training resources and local job opportunities. With new developments every day, this team will continuously monitor, evaluate and streamline resources to make them available in a central location.

Public Notice: Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts - 4/8/20

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