Webinar series planned to help regional businesses map out a healthy reopening

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The health and business sectors will work together in coming days to prepare for an eventual reopening. In a series of industry-specific webinars, physicians and business leaders from Parkview Health and the Allen County Department of Health will share the protocols and procedures that local businesses and other organizations might consider as they look toward a healthy, sustainable return to business. The free webinar series, “Roadmap to a Healthy Reopening,” is being organized by Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The eight sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Manufacturing/Warehousing: Thursday, April 30 at 9 a.m.
  • Restaurants/Hospitality: Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m.
  • Retail: Thursday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
  • Other/Small Business: Thursday, April 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Professional Services/Office: Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m.
  • Personal Services/Real Estate: Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
  • Religious Organizations: Friday, May 1 at 1 p.m.
  • Schools/Education: Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Interested regional business leaders can register at webinar.gfwinc.com.

“We don’t know when the stay-at-home order will be lifted, but when that time comes, it’s absolutely critical that we get it right as a business community,” said John Urbahns, president and CEO of GFW Inc. “The only way we can do that is by creating the right procedures and following them consistently. These webinars will help our local business leaders understand COVID-19 and adjust their operations to protect their employees, their customers, and the community as a whole.”

Urbahns will be joined on the webinars by Parkview Health president and CEO Mike Packnett, chief innovation officer Jolynn Suko, chief safety & quality officer Dr. Jeffrey Boord, chief community & HR officer Dena Jacquay, Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan, M.D., and others.

As always, business leaders can call the GFW Inc. office at 260-420-6945 with questions–COVID-19 related or otherwise. GFW Inc. has also created an online Resource Hub for local business leaders, featuring action items and answers to frequently asked questions, at covid19.gfwinc.com.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Ind., as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement.