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Mayor Nirenberg, Judge Wolff name COVID-19 Economic Transition Team

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mayor Nirenberg, Judge Wolff name COVID-19 Economic Transition Team

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SAN ANTONIO (April 21, 2020) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff  today announced the formation of the COVID-19 Economic Transition Team, which will help guide the safe reintroduction of activities and businesses suspended by the national pandemic. 

“It is imperative that we begin to chart a course for life after this pandemic’s surge, understanding that how and when our full economy resumes will have critical implications on our general public’s health and our region’s resiliency,” wrote Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff in a joint memo to City Council and Commissioners Court.

The Stay Home, Work Safe social distancing orders have been effective and helped save lives, Nirenberg and Wolff wrote. They added, “While we will remain vigilant, we also acknowledge that such measures will not be permanent.”

The team will consider best practices and their applicability to area industries, sector-based guidelines for physical distancing and strategies to support preventative health and safety of workforce and vulnerable populations, and other factors.

Kevin Voelkel, president of Toyota Manufacturing Texas, and Julissa Carielo, president of Tejas Premier Building Contractors, will co-chair the economic transition team. Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez will serve as liaisons to the economic transition team.

The COVID-19 Economic Transition Team will present its plan to City Council and 
Commissioners Court in early May.

The joint memo from Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff is attached.

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