The city of Batavia and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce will team up for a June 26 virtual town hall meeting with City Administrator Laura Newman to discuss making the transition from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
The virtual townhall meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, June 26. Registration is available at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce website.
Newman will share lessons learned when Batavia businesses moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3 and how this information can help with the move to Phase 4.
State officials say the earliest that Illinois could make the transition to Phase 4 is June 26, based on metrics of the COVID-19 pandemic outlined in the Restore Illinois plan. As of this writing, the state has made no announcement regarding a specific date for the move to Phase 4.
For more information from the Batavia Chamber, scroll down to read Monday’s message from the chamber staff.
Message From the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Staff
It is great to see overall vibe in Batavia swinging to the positive this past week. If you are out and about, you’ll quickly notice that traffic is increasing as more people venture out of their homes. Dining al fresco is popular and more retail businesses are announcing their re-opening. And, many people were checking out our new Boardwalk Shops, too!
We are on track to move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on or about Friday, June 26. Though we won’t be totally “open” again, we will see notable gains. One that we are particularly excited about is that we can begin to host in-person events again, albeit with a limit of 50 people.
This means we can begin networking in person again and hold ribbon cuttings! New members and new businesses, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your ribbon cutting scheduled. We are excited to work through our ribbon cutting backlog!
A lot was learned as we moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3. To assist our businesses as we jump into Phase 4, a Virtual Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for Friday, June 26. Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman will give a short update and then there will be a Q & A session. There is no cost, but registration is capped at 100 attendees. Sign up here.
We are also happy announce that applications for Batavia Reconnected grants for eligible businesses are open.
Updates to Main Street Lending Program
On Monday, June 8, the Federal Reserve Board expanded the Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support. You can read more about the updates here. On June 11, they released updated forms and agreements, which are available here.
In other news…
Many of you have been viewing Mayor Jeff Schielke’s weekly videos. You can access the June 12 video by clicking this link.
In other city news, you may have seen yellow SLOW DOWN signs popping up throughout Batavia. This campaign is aimed at getting the attention of motorists to slow down when driving through a neighborhood. You can pick up one of the signs at City Hall and participate. Read more.
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We encourage you to reconnect with the Batavia businesses you know and love. Take care and let us know how we can help. We are now, and will be in the future, here for you.
Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff