BROCKTON — Is your business in decline from the effects of COVID-19? Does your business need more support from local government? Do you have suggestions that would benefit both your business and the city?
Mayor Robert Sullivan is attempting to make himself available to all the local businesses in Brockton in order to help them get back on their feet amid COVID-19.
Sullivan, as of May 25, has launched the “Brockton Open For Business” initiative, a regulatory reform effort to facilitate business in Brockton, where he will be visiting local businesses and hearing their concerns.
Described as a “listening tour” Sullivan and his staff will be visiting local businesses in areas including the Westgate Mall, Campello and Montello, as well as downtown Brockton businesses.
“The City of Brockton was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and I am proud to say that the City of Brockton is going to be a partner to businesses in their efforts to recover,” Sullivan said.
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“As of today, it is all hands on deck working within city government to help our businesses get back on their feet.”
The initiative will begin with a five minute business survey that will collect data on the businesses currently operating in Brockton or considering a move to Brockton, such as gauging satisfaction with financing, location, licensing and inspection processes as well as gauging the local resources businesses are aware of.
The survey also asks business owners about how easy the process of opening a business in Brockton was for them.
Starting within the coming weeks, the mayor and his staff will embark on this listening tour aiming to make regulatory and policy adjustments as well as introducing new technology and best practices that will facilitate the process of working with city departments, like implementing a new permitting software that will streamline the process by which residents and contractors apply for and track their permits in the city.
This new technology was funded by the Community Compact Cabinet’s information technology grant the city received last year.
The Community Compact Cabinet (CCC), established by Gov. Charlie Baker in January 2015, is a program that connects municipalities with state government resources in order to create clear standards, expectations and accountability when it comes to government aid and resources.
The mayor’s office will also seek to hire new staff members whose main focus will be to help businesses navigate government and the resources available to them.
In addition the mayor is conducting an internal review of city department regulations, policies, and procedures to identify ways to streamline and improve their services.
“The mayor is taking bold and targeted action to assist businesses and enhance future growth and economic development,” City Council President Winthrop Farwell said.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding business reform in Brockton or the mayor’s new initiative, email them to OpenForBusiness@cobma.us.
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