Announcing the Launch of the Hawai’i Economic & Community Navigator

Posted on Apr 27, 2020 in COVID-19, News

City skylineChanging the trajectory of Hawai’i towards a more balanced, innovative, and sustainable economy – that balances the people, place, and culture with the environment, land, and ocean.

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COVID-19 has had a severe and unprecedented impact on the state economy and community. Hotels, shopping malls, airlines, restaurants, retailers, service professionals, nonprofits, and a wide variety of Hawai’ian businesses have significantly reduced or shut down operations. As of April 3, 2020, the Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations received over 180,000 initial unemployment applications statewide due to the economic damages, losses and impact of COVID-19.

To address the economic and community impact of COVID-19 and coordinate recovery efforts, Governor David Ige issued a Proclamation on April 8, 2020 to establish a Hawai’i Economic & Community Navigator to coordinate, direct, and implement a statewide economic and community recovery and resiliency plan.

The Plan shall consist of three components which shall run concurrently.

Phase I: Stabilization

Identify and address critical economic and community impacts, including the allocation of CARES, State and local funding to mitigate the collapse of key economic sectors. Also, provide direct economic relief to individuals to avoid homelessness, hunger and sickness.

Phase II: Recovery

Identify and support economic and community development activities which provide recovery, job growth and capital investment in the economy. Chart a course of careful re-entry into the workforce, balancing the needs of public health and economic recovery.

Phase III: Resiliency

Re-evaluate and restructure Hawai’i’s economy to meet the new normal and desired future for Hawai’i. Identify and invest in systemic changes in the economy and society which furthers economic diversification, environmental preservation, sustainability and Hawai’i’s values and way of life.

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