For the past many months our work has focused mostly on responding to requests, promoting various funding opportunities, and supporting the launch of efforts such as Shop Greater Newport, a small business directory for small businesses in the Greater Newport region built to create more opportunities for people to shop small.
We have been working to better understand the short versus long-term impacts of the pandemic. Those impacts are summarized in the presentation that I recently gave on the State of the Economy in Greater Newport.
Our work related to the issue of Broadband has taken the next step as we have created a Broadband Coalition and have issued an RFP to identify a technical services vendor that can support mapping and the work required to define solutions to the issues that we have been experiencing. With what amounts to Billions of federal dollars available to enhance broadband we are working to make sure the Greater Newport region is ready to receive the investment.