On April 23, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness announced a $2.5 million Fishers Recovery Plan for health and economic recovery in the City of Fishers.
The plan will launch COVID-19 testing for Fishers residents, as well as a comprehensive tracing program and business recovery support program.
The City of Fishers will hold an emergency Fishers City Council meeting April 24 to present the Fishers Recovery Plan and seek approval for the establishment of the Fishers Health Dept. and funding for the program.
“For far too long municipalities and mayors have only focused on the infrastructure, public safety and economic development of their cities,” Fadness stated. “In today’s economy, it is critical we add population health to this list. Fishers has benefited by the leadership of Gov. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Box in taking this pandemic seriously from the outset. My hope is that our efforts announced today will further support their initiative while ensuring the health and safety of our residents in providing a roadmap toward health and economic recovery.”
The plan has six parts, which are to establish a Fishers Health Dept., provide free COVID-19 testing for residents, provide testing access for businesses, access real-time data analytics and contact tracing capabilities, deploy Rapid Response Teams to assist businesses in safety and health protocols and provide extensive resources and training to the business community.
“We are being tested daily by the COVID-19 disease,” Fadness stated. “As mayor, it is my job to make sure we protect the public safety, economy and infrastructure of our city. In this uncertain time, it has become abundantly clear that my administration must take clear and comprehensive action to create an environment that inspires confidence for residents, consumers, employees, and employers. The launch of the Fishers Health Dept. goes beyond a localized approach to COVID-19 but extends into the future where we can better support our community.”
Part of the plan includes supporting the business community with the announcement of several new programs, including the Start-Up and Recovery Loan program to assist businesses with reopening operations; the Fishers Health Dept.’s Safe Practice Verification program to consult businesses on safe health protocols; the Business Recovery Center to provide virtual assistance to small businesses navigating federal and local loan opportunities; the Launch Fishers Entrepreneurship Program to provide a free six-month membership to Launch Fishers for new members; continuing temporary signage restrictions and delaying the quarterly commercial stormwater payments through July 20.
“These actions are in response to the eventual lifting of the current stay-at-home order so we can be prepared,” Fadness stated. “It is important that residents and businesses do not interpret this as a lifting of any current stay-at-home orders but instead a proactive plan to be ready for when Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Box deem it is safe for us to do so.”
For more, visit fishersrecovery.com.