As much of the Sunshine State has transitioned back to work, since June 5, 2020, the Greater Daytona Region has been following phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.” Volusia County is filled with examples of how businesses and employees alike are doing so safely. Just read on to learn about promising employment numbers, protective measures and more.
Putting safety first
From restaurants to retailers, professional services to manufacturers and every industry in between, the Greater Daytona Region is here to help businesses resume operations as safely as possible.
One example of this commitment to safety (for businesses and customers alike) can be seen through Volusia County’s Personal Protective Equipment Distribution Program. Through the assistance of a $1 million County Council allocation of recovery funds, the county was able to distribute about 7,000 PPE supply kits including gloves, face masks, wipes, hand sanitizer and thermometers to local businesses throughout the county. This is just one example of how the county supports the safe, regulated reopening for all businesses. (Tip: Business can stay up-to-date with future funding opportunities, safety programs and more by visiting VolusiaBusinessResources.com.)
Return of local jobs
Though it may take some time to achieve a thorough understanding of job opportunities returning to the region, early signs suggest Volusia County residents are slowly but surely returning to work. In late June, data released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity saw unemployment claims in Volusia and Flagler counties drop from earlier weeks (and drastically down from unemployment numbers earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic).
2019 ended on a positive note for the Greater Daytona Region—according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, staffing firm Manpower predicted that the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach would see some of the country’s best job growth rates in 2020. Though COVID-19 has naturally delivered unprecedent changes to the local workforce, Team Volusia and other community partners remain optimistic and look forward with regards to rising employment numbers, industry developments and more.
Business as usual?
Depending on the unique industry, some businesses may return to normal operations (or something close to it) sooner than others; and of course, all types of organizations will need to make sweeping safety and operational changes to ensure success during—and beyond—today’s COVID-19 concerns. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to assist companies of all shapes and sizes as they prepare to make those changes. Visit VolusiaBusinessResources.com to learn more about programs that may be available to you on a local, state and national level. As a dynamic, regularly updated website, this tool is designed to serve your needs at every step of the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 journey.
At Team Volusia, our commitment to local economic development is stronger than ever, and we will work tirelessly to assist companies navigating the season ahead. Be sure to contact our team if you have questions about the economic climate, talent opportunities and relocation resources for your business. We are here to help.