Adaptation + Impacts | Covid Response Call - May 7

05/11/2020 9:40 AM | Morgan Pierce (Administrator)

DCI had our seventh webinar of the series covering various topics on the response to COVID-19 and how people can support each other while maintaining the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing. Thursday’s call focused on the state’s Adaptation Committee with a quick overview of the statewide survey results.

Kate Guibert from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) shared adaptation ideas and approaches as the state slowly opens. Michelle Kobayashi from NRC/Polco shared the statewide survey preliminary results, along with support from Reid Aronstein and Daniel Salvetti from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). 

Adaptation Tools/ Ideas
The Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) is continuing to discuss how we adapt, create, and provide resources for communities across Colorado during these unprecedented times. The committee is focused on the reopening phase and how to do that safely.  These unprecedented times require  creativity, collaboration and willingness to experiment. The experimentation component requires being okay with failure, which provides opportunity for learning and adaptation. Categorizing the various areas that are important in the experimentation stage help with the proposing of new ideas and experimentation.

The focus areas of the Colorado Resiliency Office include::

  • Resiliency and community recovery program

  • Long-term recovery

  • State and local technical assistance

  • State investments and grants programs

  • Metrics and targets

  • Policy advocacy on federal resilience efforts 

Along with the focus areas, looking at the vision of “What we want the other side of this pandemic to look like” is important. Rules and regulations have adapted in response to the pandemic and have provided the opportunity to see what those rule adjustments bring and the possibility of maintaining some of the changes in the post-covid state. 

Collaboration and experiences from the local level, especially those from industry and small businesses are necessary throughout the experimentation process which guides response and recovery.  The response and recovery process will especially include what tourism will look like at various stages and what as well as how messaging will be conveyed to the public. 

Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) Resources for Communications with Public:
Wait, Ready, Set, Go! Campaign Webinar 
CTO Website   

Community adaptations are continuing to evolve along with the proposal of new ideas currently. Many are looking at the options for converting downtowns into pedestrian malls and the wide use of large outdoor space to help with social distancing. The proposed adjustments are encouraging discussions on zoning and code changes. Along with public spaces, there is the building of consumer trust and making people feel comfortable enough to come back out and spend money which supports the economy. 

The CRO will develop a Community Adaptation Hub to further encourage the statewide collaboration, sharing of ideas, and experimentation. 

Colorado Resiliency Powerpoint

Statewide Survey Preliminary Results
NRC/Polco partnered with Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) and Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) on a statewide business survey. NRC/Polco also distributed a tax entity or BID, DDA, URA Survey and a Business Support Nonprofits survey. The results from these surveys are very helpful in the way that the state and OEDIT can use them to  “craft internal solutions that are short, medium and long term.” The surveys provide a baseline understanding of business’ perception and challenges. The surveys were conducted April 9-30, 2020.   

NRC/Polco will release full survey results sometime next week.

  • Business Survey 
    The business survey had 2,391 Respondents and showed that the majority of businesses were not prepared for the covid-19 changing economy, and many businesses can only sustain the economy shutdown for 3 to 6 months.

  • BID, DDA, URA Survey
    The tax entity survey had 29 Respondents, and the questions aligned to a survey sent out by DOLA, CML, CCI and SDA to counties, municipalities and special districts. The results of this survey were similar to the one sent out by DOLA, CML, CCI, and SDA earlier in April. The taxing entities are most concerned about property and sales tax reductions. They are most concerned about the expenditures of technology and equipment needed for remote work. 

  • Nonprofit Surveys
    The business support organizations- nonprofits survey had 86 respondents. Covid is having a major impact on the nonprofits’ event revenue and they are concerned about serious shortages in their 2020 revenue compared to their original budget projections. 16% of the respondents anticipated a 50% reduction in staff by the end of the next 6 months.

See more info in the Statewide Survey Preliminary Powerpoint

Resident Survey Available on Polco now: Resident Survey 

If your community did a survey of its own, please follow Polco’s instructions for adding it to their site so your community’s data can be added to the statewide survey results.

Statewide Survey Preliminary Powerpoint

Question + Answers

Is there any sort of statewide response or guidance for local entities to approach requests in adjusting rules and guidelines of liquor licenses and insurance since spaces being used by businesses are changing due to health concerns?
At this time there aren’t specific guidelines for that topic, but lobbying and sharing the amount of concerns for that would bring attention to it. 

We are hearing that there is a backlog at the state for approving licensed premise changes. Are others hearing that? Has there been an effort to ask for changes to premises to be made at the local level? 

It would definitely help to have more guidance on the outdoor liquor licensing issue.  Do we need to lobby for changes in the state law?  

Collaborating to bring more attention to the issue will be helpful. DCI is reaching out to the Colorado Restaurant Association as well, which will further help in bringing attention to this issue. 

We would appreciate state-level, supported guidance on masks. That would assist retailers who feel they don’t have the authority to ask. 

Do you feel rural communities were represented enough in the survey? 
The survey results were done regionally, and there was a good amount of representation from all across the state.

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