Our community is being negatively impacted by COVID-19. These impacts will both exacerbate existing challenges and persist well into the future. In an effort to provide an inclusive and coordinated structure to catalyze immediate and sustained COVID recovery and greater community-wide resilience, the collective governing bodies of Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend, the Port of Port Townsend and Jefferson County PUD formed the Intergovernmental Collaborative Group (ICG).
Recovery and Resiliency for Jefferson County
The purpose of the ICG is to adopt a COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Plan that endorses community-based actions to better recover from the impacts of the pandemic, and build greater ability to weather future events. These actions should be specific projects and initiatives that are tangible, fundable, legal and able to be implemented in the near term. Projects and initiatives are meant to empower the community directly to support long-term resiliency with an emphasis on what individuals, organizations and businesses can do together, with an appropriate supportive role by local government to assist those community projects and initiatives.
Planning for a Better Tomorrow
Between June and December, representatives from each of the four government bodies will work with members of the community to draft a plan for helping Jefferson County recover from the effects of COVID-19. Once passed, the plan will help put into place policies and practices that will lead to a stronger and more vibrant Jefferson County for years to come.