Lane County Business Leaders Call On Lawmakers For Relief

Dec 20, 2020

Lane County business leaders are calling on the governor and state legislature to provide immediate relief to small businesses. This comes as lawmakers meet for a special session in Salem Monday.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse 10 miles north of Florence is one of the most popular sights on the Oregon coast. Florence depends on tourist dollars for its economic stability.
Credit Florence Chamber of Commerce

In a letter to lawmakers, Chamber of Commerce leaders say because of COVID restrictions, many small businesses will not survive the winter without help from the state.

Bettina Hannigan is President and CEO of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. She said her town relies on tourism for its economic stability. And if a restaurant closes, it affects more than the owner and employees.

“It affects the entire economy because people don’t come to a tourist destination without restaurants, because that’s what we all want to do when we go out, being a tourist.” Hannigan said.  “We want to eat, drink, stay, play, hike, fish, golf, and eat.”

Business leaders want lawmakers to provide a path for safe reopening, remedies to small businesses that have had to shut down, create a relief fund, put a moratorium on new or increased local taxes, and provide for stabilization of the commercial rental market.

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