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COVID-19

Updated: 12/1/2022, 2:07 p.m.

To view the Chamber’s agenda for reopening the economy and accelerating our recovery, click here.

To view the second video in the Chamber’s “For You. For Us. Forward.” series, click here.

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COVID-19/RECOVERY UPDATE ARCHIVE
HELPFUL RESOURCES
LUNCH(UP)DATE ARCHIVE
LUNCH(UP)DATE: CHILDCARE
MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
VACCINE GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES
WHAT WE DO

LUNCH(UP)DATE: CHILDCARE
Dr. Jack Daniels III (President of Madison College) and Jody Bartnick (VP of Community Impact for the United Way of Dane County) joined us today for Lunch(UP)date, presented by Perkins Coie.

During the program, Dr. Daniels and Bartnick discussed the challenges posed by lack of childcare access and steps that they and other business and community organizations are taking to resolve those challenges. Both agreed the system is broken due to low wages for childcare workers leading to an insufficient workforce capacity. They said childcare is an economic staple for our community and that quality childcare options are closely linked to wages and retainability for childcare professionals, making it imperative to resolve this issue.

Dr. Daniels and Bartnick said that strong public-private partnerships will be critical to addressing this challenge. With an effective and collaborative approach, they believe Dane County can serve as a model for the nation in getting this right.

View the full recording of Lunch(UP)date here.

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WHAT WE DO
As the pandemic took hold and left businesses needing answers, the Chamber played a critical role in relief and recovery. Many people recently received a piece in the mail detailing our work with and on behalf of the business community.

Whether it was connecting businesses with resources and information, modeling safe return practices, collaborating with economic partners to deploy business surveys that guided our advocacy or amplifying the stories of area businesses taking extraordinary steps to solve pandemic-related challenges, the Chamber’s work during the pandemic was critical. But it’s not about what we did – it is what we do.

There remain challenges ahead, and to accelerate our region’s recovery, we need your support. A greater Madison takes all of us.

Contact us at join@madisonbiz.com or 608-443-1944 to discuss how to maximize your engagement to leverage the collective strength and leadership of our business community.

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MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
In collaboration with local designers UnderBelly, the Chamber launched “Greater Madison: Making the Difference” to tell the stories of area businesses that have taken extraordinary steps to solve the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Most recently, we highlighted Pan Genome Systems, which was founded by a UW–Madison professor and has worked to tackle the rapid spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin’s mink, while also addressing human-to-animal-to-human spread that can occur.

We previously highlighted the efforts of EpicDelve, Midwest Prototyping, UW–MadisonTeel PlasticsAmerican Family InsuranceCatalentNordic and AkitaBox as part of this series. Visit our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages for more stories about businesses that are Making the Difference.

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VACCINE GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES
With businesses playing a critical role in encouraging widespread vaccination from COVID-19, the state has released resources to assist businesses in continuing to contribute to the vaccination campaign.

Among the resources are guidance for effectively encouraging vaccination among employees, information about how to set up a workplace vaccination clinic, and links to posters that can be downloaded or adapted for posting in workplaces.

You can find guidance to help promote vaccination among employees here, a customizable PowerPoint presentation through this page, and information on how employers can raise awareness and connect employees with vaccination options here.

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HELPFUL RESOURCES
We strongly encourage you to consult these helpful, regularly updated resources as you implement your business’s infectious disease emergency response (IDER) plans:

CDC: COVID-19 Main Page
CDC: Situation Summary
CDC: Resources for Businesses and Employers
CDC: Preventing Spread in Communities
DHS: COVID-19 Information
PHMDC: COVID-19 Main Page

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LUNCH(UP)DATE ARCHIVE
December 1, 2022 (Dr. Jack Daniels III and Jody Bartnick)
November 17, 2022 – Jason Ilstrup, Wayne Harris and Aaron Olver
September 22, 2022 – Tom Still and Dr. Sue Wallace
August 11, 2022 – UW Athletic Director Chris McIntosh
July 21, 2022 – Madison Common Council Leadership
June 30, 2022 – Jack Salzwedel
May 12, 2022 – Chancellor Rebecca Blank
April 7, 2022 – Airport Director Kim Jones and Transportation Director Tom Lynch
March 24, 2022 – UW Professor David McDonald
February 17, 2022 – Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
January 27, 2022 – Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes
December 16, 2021 – Centro Hispano Executive Director Karen Menendez Coller
December 2, 2021 – DOA Secretary Joel Brennan
November 18, 2021 – Workforce Development Trends and Opportunities
November 11, 2021 – Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett (audio only)
October 7, 2021 – Col. Bart Van Roo
September 30, 2021 – Dr. Alex Gee
September 16, 2021 – UW Health Dr. Peter Newcomer
August 19, 2021 – Urban League President Dr. Ruben Anthony
August 12, 2021 – Matt Younkle, Alnisa Allgood and Forrest Woolworth
July 29, 2021 – DMI President Jason Ilstrup
July 22, 2021 – Airport Director Kim Jones
June 24, 2021 – One City Schools Founder and CEO Kaleem Caire
May 13, 2021 – Madison Common Council Leadership
May 5, 2021 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
April 22, 2021 – Deb Gilpin, Conor Caloia and Joel Plant
April 1, 2021 – Chancellors Rebecca Blank and Mark Mone
March 25, 2021 – Spring 2021 Business Survey
February 25, 2021 – MadREP President & CEO Jason Fields
February 11, 2021 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
January 21, 2021 – PHMDC Pandemic Operations Section Chief Doug Voegeli
January 7, 2021 – Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels III
December 17, 2020 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
December 3, 2020 – United Way of Dane County President & CEO Renee Moe
November 19, 2020 – Destination Madison President & CEO Deb Archer and MadREP President Paul Jadin
November 12, 2020 – NAMI Dane County Executive Director Anna Moffit (presentation)
November 5, 2020 – UnityPoint Health – Meriter CEO Sue Erickson
October 8, 2020 – U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher
October 1, 2020 – 365Nation CEO Henry Sanders
September 16, 2020 – MMSD Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins
August 27, 2020 – SSM Health Wisconsin Regional President Damond Boatwright
August 20, 2020 – WISC-TV & Madison Magazine Editorial Director Neil Heinen
August 13, 2020 – Gov. Tony Evers and WI Tech Council President Tom Still
August 6, 2020 – Black Chamber President Camille Carter and Latino Chamber President Jessica Cavazos
July 23, 2020 – DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman
July 16, 2020 – Chancellor Rebecca Blank
July 9, 2020 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
June 11, 2020 – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan
May 19, 2020 – County Executive Joe Parisi and Public Health Director Janel Heinrich
May 6, 2020 – MMAC President Tim Sheehy
April 29, 2020 – WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes
April 24, 2020 – UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan
April 17, 2020 – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
April 9, 2020 – SBA Wisconsin Director Eric Ness
April 2, 2020 – Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

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COVID-19/RECOVERY UPDATE ARCHIVE
June 1, 2021
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