CINCINNATI — April 20, 2020 – The RESTART Task Force and the Cincinnati region’s business community has been largely supportive of the leadership provided by state and local government officials as they manage through this crisis. As state and local leaders have been working on plans to reopen parts of the economy, the RESTART Task Force has been working to ensure the business community is best poised for success in the coming months.

In alliance with policy makers, elected officials, and community leaders, the RESTART Task Force issued a report today detailing principles of a Responsible Return for their consideration, including five key principles to help restart our regional economy.

The Principles of a Responsible Return document was drafted with leadership input from Dr. Richard Lofgren from UC Health, Michael Fisher, the CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Mike Venerable, the CEO of CincyTech, as well as business leaders in the Cincinnati region. The five principles are:

  • Prioritize Regional Testing and Health Monitoring
  • Plan for Managing Flare-Ups and Not Implementing Shutdowns
  • Protect Vulnerable Populations
  • Leverage Business Ingenuity + Certifications
  • Prioritize Regionally Specific Communications

“The Cincinnati region has an established and well-coordinated health infrastructure, and we intend to use it to support the restart of our region’s economy,” said Dr. Richard Lofgren, CEO of UC Health. “We will work together to have a responsible return to work and daily life. It will require changes to the way we work, and it will require that we are vigilant in our communications and our efforts to protect the most vulnerable.”

The Principles for a Responsible Return prioritizes regionally-led efforts to communicate about public health and safety and to protect the region’s vulnerable populations. The Task Force recognizes that businesses will change and adapt to new ways of operating post COVID-19, and urges precompetitive collaboration between businesses who can share best practices.

“We hope these principles are incorporated into the state and local plans that guide our responsible return,” said Mike Venerable, CEO of CincyTech. “We are prioritizing the collaboration required to marshall our region's unique assets to rapidly bring solutions that can scale to protect the population and drive economic recovery. Learning from global leaders like P&G and Kroger, who have already exhibited agility and creativity to meet unprecedented changes driven by COVID-19, allow us to drive community-based changes in the coming months."

The RESTART Task Force was created in March 2020 to coordinate and provide leadership to the Cincinnati region as it recovers and regains momentum post COVID-19. The Task Force is focused on areas of economic development, arts/culture/sports, commerce, public and social health, education, and government. RESTART is a project of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati Business Committee, and the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee.


Contact: Danielle Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Communications,
               Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,

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