May 20 E-newsletter: Latest Neighborhood News and Important Business Info Inside
*Businesses: last week was a big week for business news. Please be sure to scroll to the business section in the middle of this e-newsletter for the latest updates.*
What We’ve Been Up To Lately
Although we’re following the official directive to work from home, our BID has been busy remotely working for our Jamaica Avenue business district, merchants and customers. Here's just a handful of things we’ve been up to lately:
We continue to update our open list of restaurants and essential businesses and we’re pleased to report that we now have 41 that are open to serve the Jamaica community. Please remember to support your local restaurant or retailer during this time when making purchases. Local retail needs your support now more than ever.
We continue to track state government directives, research business best practices and then consolidate and communicate all of this info to our business community via our frequently updated COVID-19 page on our websiteand email blasts.
Last week we handed out masks provided by Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s office to several of our open essential businesses.
Our contracted Clean Team continues to keep Jamaica Avenue clean and litter free. Beyond sweeping our sidewalks and curbs, and regularly emptying our trash cans, these hardworking Clean Team members are also wiping down and sanitizing street furniture.
In the background, we’re hard at work on our new BID website, which we look forward to revealing to our Jamaica Center BID community early this summer. We’re also working on our 2020-2021 Action Plan and are in discussions with several of our neighboring nonprofits to jointly address sanitation and food access issues in our business district. Exciting initiatives lie ahead which we are excited to share as they roll out.