All five supervisors are also on the task force, whose mission is to develop actionable recommendations and best practices for reopening the economy as swiftly and safely as possible. The supervisors are looking for lasting solutions that position the region’s economy to withstand future calamities.
The supervisors pressed sector representatives to work quickly, and the Commodities and Goods Movement working group delivered its report in about six weeks, said Kat Janowicz, one of six experts on Cordero’s team. “In addition to extensive research, each member of our group reached out to other experts, who in turn reached out to others, and so on,” she said. “As a result, the recommendations of our working group are based on feedback from an extensive network of individuals representing almost every facet of our industry.”
Janowicz is president of 3COTECH, a consulting firm specializing in sustainable energy and transportation, as well as the benefits and risks associated with new technology and related infrastructure. Resources she tapped into include professional organizations she is affiliated with, such as the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce and FuturePorts. “The speed at which our working group mobilized industry and the public sector for their input and the level of collaboration and coordination among all participants is itself a model of teamwork.”
The report identifies a short list of topics that must be addressed for the Commodities and Goods Movement Sector to rebound. The first is balancing economic recovery actions with the health and well-being of workers, residents and the general public. To ensure both are secure, the report calls for public health experts to evaluate economic recovery goals, impacts on businesses and infection control measures for protecting workers and customers across the board.
“I’m especially excited about the opportunities outlined in the report,” Janowicz said. “They add up to a practical roadmap for how we can move forward together.”
Reported by Natalie Shore Peterson