On Monday morning, Chamber President and CEO Robert S. Carl, Jr. and Shannon Brennan, chairwoman of the Board of Administrators, held a press convention to deal with the issues of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce relating to the Schuylkill County COVID-19 Block Grant funding within the quantity of $12.6 million and its distribution associated to the small companies and nonprofits of Schuylkill County.
The main target of the press convention was primarily on the Schuylkill Chamber’s concern that the Schuylkill County Commissioners prioritized the “County’s wants” and “Municipality wants” over the “Enterprise and Non-Revenue” wants in addition to the shortage of speaking the supply of the CARES Act Funding out there to the small companies and non-profits.
“This press convention was in no means known as to embarrass our county commissioners, however moderately to problem their present place on the $12.6 million of CARES Act funding”, Chamber President Robert Carl stated.
Earlier this 12 months, it was introduced that Schuylkill County was allotted $12.6 million of CARES Act funding.
On August 18th, 2020, an open software timeframe of two weeks was opened that will finish on September 2nd, 2020.
Prior and through this timeframe, Carl stated whereas the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce vigorously introduced the applying interval to it is members, the County of Schuylkill didn’t promote.
After the applying interval ended, there was a really low submittal charge, which in response to Carl, the County steered that the “media” fell wanting distributing the knowledge to the general public.
Carl stated, “In our [the chamber’s] place, the media was not liable for the distribution of the knowledge, particularly if that expectation was not requested. It was additionally not the only accountability of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, SEDCO, MAEA, or the Schuylkill United Approach.”
Carl famous that the applying course of was not clear, too brief, was on paper and never digital, and was unclear in segmenting municipalities, companies and non-profits inside the applying.
Moreover, by information supplied in the course of the Schuylkill County Commissioners conferences, Carl stated they’ve discovered that roughly $8 million of the 12.6 million has already been distributed to the wants of the County of Schuylkill resulting in the Chamber’s level of the “County First” priorities. The funds for small companies and non-profits has not been distributed.
“The motion or lack thereof by the Schuylkill County Commissioners might have critical and detrimental penalties to the companies and nonprofits of Schuylkill County.” Carl stated.
Carl ended with “Finally, we might not stay silent, for the members of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and your complete Schuylkill County enterprise and non-profit group, and our long-term enterprise well being and survival on this COVID-19 pandemic.”
You may watch the complete press convention under