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Amid financial impacts from COVID-19, Bowser launches new District Economic Recovery Team

Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new team to help with combating the economic downturn that has been seen in the District due to the coronavirus.

WASHINGTON — Mayor Muriel Bowser has now started the District Economic Recovery Team (DERT) to help plan, strategize and coordinate the economic recovery that the COVID-19 coronavirus has had on the District.

“We are all in this together, we will get through it together, and when we get to the other side, we will recover,” said Mayor Bowser. “Starting now, this team will ensure that we are pursuing every local and federal program, leveraging data and resources, and engaging with our business community to recover and bring prosperity back to our residents and businesses.”

So far, Bowser and the D.C. Council have invested $25 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Effort and the D.C. Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, which is also housed in DMPED. 

This money will help more than 7,600 businesses and nonprofits from a variety of industries. Those who qualify can receive a microgrant.

“The DERT is proactively engaging and coordinating with public and private sector partners to prepare for our economic recovery,” said Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “Our community is full of leaders and thinkers who care deeply about our city and our residents, and the DERT will be leveraging their expertise and engagement.”

The DERT will be the central point of coordination for recommendations and ideas that could advance the District’s economic recovery, according to Bowser's office. Recommendations can be shared at coronavirus.dc.gov.

For more information on the District’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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