“The mission of the Hancock County Economic Development Corporation is to enhance the economic vitality of Hancock County”
Today, as I sit down at my computer and begin to type this letter, I first want each of you to understand that I am not writing this simply as the Executive Director of Hancock County Economic Development. I am writing these words as a mother of two, a grandmother of four small children, and a sister to siblings who due to organ transplants and dialysis treatments are immune system suppressed and very susceptible to illness as well as being slow to recover. I am writing this as a small business owner who is also struggling through this crisis just as you are.
However, I am also the Executive Director of HCED and because of this I have a huge responsibility to try to lessen the impact that COVID-19 has on Hancock County communities and on your businesses economically, and to try to ensure we will recover as quickly as possible.
Steps that that we are taking at HCED are multi-layered. I have been in touch personally with our legislators, and with legislators across the state and other agencies and organizations who are working together to try to develop and facilitate financial assistance that will help during this terrible time, and during the rebuilding period that will come after this is over. I will fight for you during these times and be your voice.
Please continue to fight with me and help with these things. The 2020 US Census response cards are beginning to arrive at your homes. Please take a few moments and fill out your census questionnaire online, or by phone, or when it comes in the mail. Help me to prevent as many census field workers knocking on doors as possible. The lower the self-response rate means the more census workers will need to be sent into the field to have the questionnaire completed which is simply not an acceptable risk right now. In Hancock County we need an accurate count and we need to get that count safely which means we need you to self-respond by mail, online or by phone and to count everyone in your household. Your response will help establish federal and state funding for the next ten years for schools, libraries, roads and infrastructure and will provide a means and resources economically and informationally to restore, rebuild and recover.
Please shop local. Shop Hancock County businesses and order curbside, drive thru or delivery from Hancock County restaurants. Please be considerate of your neighbors and friends and continue to check on the elderly or those who may be alone, and without family and be sure they have the supplies they need but may not have access to. Times like these will not only define who we are as men as women, but also what Hancock County is made of. Hancock County will get through this and will recover, and will be stronger because of this.
Belynda F. Allen
Executive Director, HCED