With several downtown businesses closed, many people in the area could use assistance The River City Company has been working over the last few weeks to help out these businessowners and tenants, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have proactively reached out to many downtown Chattanooga businesses and property owners including our own tenants to identify needs and connect these individuals with available resources along with troubleshooting any roadblocks they might be facing,” said River City spokeswoman Amy Donahue.
“We are coordinating with and talking to other downtown organizations around the country to see what issues they are facing in light of this pandemic and how we can bring any practices and resources to Chattanooga if helpful.”
Even as River City is working to help these businesses, it is also aware of maintaining the safety and good health of its employees. Because of this, the main office is empty as employees stay busy.
“River City Company staff is working remotely, and we have closed our office along with the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza to limit the number of people gathering,” said Ms Donahue. "This is per recommendations from local, state and federal authorities.”
Ms. Donahue made it clear that River City Company was working with a variety of partners in order to get information out to those affected.
“We are working with partners like the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chattanooga Tourism Co. (formerly the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau), the city of Chattanooga and more,” said Ms. Donahue. "This is to make sure we are sharing timely and accurate information with our network about the current state of affairs and available resources for businesses and community members.”
According to River City’s website, all public programs and gatherings have been suspended in order to comply with CDC guidelines.
“Our programs and events are a beloved part of our work here at River City. People coming together, enjoying public spaces, experiencing new things, supporting local creatives and entrepreneurs - this is a part of what makes our city and downtown special. But, we are postponing those gatherings for our community's health. We will resume our programs for you to enjoy as soon as we can.”