Economic Stabilization Task Force is hard at work

    Max Mertz.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Co-Chairman Max Mertz said the group asked the CBJ Assembly to consider helping child care facilities get the cash and the supplies they need to get through the pandemic.

    Mertz said they've been working for three weeks and made recommendations to the assembly regarding rental housing and helped create a resource website through the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

    Mertz said the goal of the group is to stabilize the economy.  He added many businesses here in town have been significantly impacted by having no tourist season and factors related to the community hunkering down at home.

    The resource page helps businesses solve issues they have with applying for various government assistance. 

    The website is

    The service is available to both chamber members and non-members.

    Accountants, banks, attorneys, and other services are available in Juneau for businesses who need help.

    The group also recommended the assembly help child care centers get the cleaning supplies they need to keep staff and kids safe.

    They also recommended the assembly consider financial help for child care centers.

    "They are facing serious financial hurdles because of whats happened.  The CBJ could potentially assist them after the funding available from the state runs out on May 30," he said.

    Not having tourists, and not having the general public available as customers will result in a reduction in cash reserves for businesses this year.

    "If we go through the summer and not earn that revenue, then you see economic activity drop in the fall and you won't have those reserves to hold you through.  It's going to be a very difficult several months for businesses and their employees," he added.




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