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June 9, 2020
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-525-1520

Mayor Announces Economic Task Force Members

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today said that both the recent calls for racial justice and equality and the disparate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color have drawn attention to the moral, social, physical, and economic costs of systemic inequity. She said that is why inclusivity was incorporated at the outset into the mission of the Mayor's Economic Recovery Task Force that she announced May 27.

"The Task Force's charge is to develop data-driven, locally informed strategies for supporting local businesses and employment as the local economy begins to recover from COVID-19, while fostering public health, inclusivity, and resilience," said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

Gaylor Baird noted that this economic recovery work lies at the intersection of all three of the initiatives her administration announced last fall:

"The alignment of our economic recovery efforts with our commitment to making Lincoln more inclusive and resilient is necessary to ensuring that our City's recovery is robust, strategic, and wise," said Gaylor Baird.

The co-chairs of the Task Force are Angie Muhleisen, President and CEO of Union Bank & Trust, and Ava Thomas, President and Publisher of the Lincoln Journal Star. Mayor Gaylor Baird announced that the following people will serve on the Task Force:

"I deeply appreciate the service of all the Task Force members and their dedication to helping our community move forward together," said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

The Task Force is charged with developing a set of recommended strategies for:

The Task Force will begin work this month and is expected to issue a report in August.

More information, including resources for businesses, is available at

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