EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull
On Friday May 21, 2021, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull was a panelist for Resilient Cities: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Powering Local and Regional Economic Recovery, a virtual event held by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, in collaboration with City Possible.

Carolyn served as a representative of the City of LA and shared the challenges, outcomes and lessons learned from how the City provided economic assistance during COVID-19. Carolyn’s presentation focused on a select group of COVID-19 programs funded by the City, including the following: the Small Business Emergency Loan/Grant Program, Child Care Provider Grants, LA Community Care Corp, and the COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund.

During the panel presentation, Carolyn emphasized the City’s rapid response and the importance of collaboration between the public, private and philanthropic communities for deploying funds and other forms of asssitance to Angelenos during COVID-19. Additional lessons learned included strategizing early, and developing a proactive plan to ensure that funds are distributed equitably.

“Be intentional. We were intentional with who we wanted the funds to go to. We had a diversity lens as we were setting up the programs,” said Carolyn. “If you have a ‘first come, first serve’ strategy, you can often miss the people in the greatest need.”

The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund represents one of a multitude of the City’s COVID-19 financial relief programs, including the Small Business Emergency Loan/Grant Program; LA Community Care Corp; Rapid Response Trainings; Sidewalk Vendor financial assistance; the Angeleno Card, and the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant.

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. Even as all Californians are asked to limit outside activities beyond what is absolutely necessary, the City of LA and EWDD are diligently working to provide crucial services and programs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more. We're here to help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 31, 2021. Read this issue and more.