COLONIE — The town is asking businesses to complete a survey to help assess the impact of COVID-19.
The survey, done in conjunction with the town’s Planning and Economic Development Department, the Industrial Development Agency and the Local Development Corporation, will collect information like if the businesses is considered essential or if it was closed, if the mass shut-down has had an impact and if there is a plan moving forward.
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Other questions include whether or not here were layoffs, if there has been a changes in the supply chain and if there are other financial challenges like making rent or other obligatory payments.
It also asks businesses to gauge the risk of permanently closing and what types of assistance they may need.
“The current public health emergency has created tremendous challenges for our community,” said Supervisor Paula Mahan. “During this difficult time, our primary objective is protecting our residents and businesses.”
Businesses in the town and the Villages of Menands and Colonie are asked to participate. All individual responses will be kept confidential.
“In order to prepare for our economic recovery, we need to have up-to-date, first-hand information about how this event has impacted our businesses,” said Sean Maguire, director of the PEDD. “We want to ensure that our continued response to this situation is based on data and information, not best guesses.”
To access the survey click here.