April 7, 2020

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe in this crazy mixed-up time. We understand that things are still changing, and we are all learning how to respond in the best way possible to be of assistance to our local businesses and non-profit partners. The priority for Monday, becomes irrelevant by Friday. And by the next Monday, you have new priorities.

As individuals, we all have a role - whether it’s helping a neighbor in need, making a contribution to our local food pantry, or supporting and promoting our favorite small businesses. As organizations, our role is evolving, as we are expected to instantly learn new programs, regulations, even as they are changing and evolving. We’re learning to be adaptable, and the benefit that has to those we serve. We at PDC want to use this moment to remind our membership that we’re here to help where we can. We’re here to lend an ear, point you in the (hopefully) right direction, or offer helpful advice – please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone of us.

Now, more than ever it seems like the roles we play in our communities are being recognized. That our local Main Street and Elm Street programs are seen as the convener, the conduit, the bridge that unites the private, public and non-profit sectors in our communities. That you are all seen as the glue, and without that glue, we are left with separate, disparate parts. This is your time to shine, and shine you are! We are hearing from many of you with your stories of ingenuity and resourcefulness – of innovative partnerships and creative solutions. This is our time to reinvent what the future holds.

We need some assistance from all of you. There are a few quick items that we are asking for you to provide for us, some immediately, some in the next few weeks.

Thank you to all of you for going above and beyond in your own communities!

We will get through this – and it’s my hope that we will be stronger and more united than ever before.

In solidarity,

Julie