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CV - Predicting the Cost of the Pandemic on the Economy & Recent Restrictions on Local Business

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UIS Community Health Roundtable Webinar - Predicting the Cost of the Pandemic on the Economy & Recent Restrictions on Local Business

The second half of the UIS Community Health Roundtable webinar - Predicting the Cost of the Pandemic on the Economy & Recent Restrictions on Local Business. This half features the roundtable discussion of the effects of the first round of mitigations and how restaurants are preparing for a likely second round. Features Aurora and Jordan Coffey, Nicolas Paz, Kevin Lust, and Allison Richards.

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  • Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM).  She is also the Program Director for Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at SIU-SOM and advisor to Sangamon County Department of Public Health.  Dr. Sundareshan graduated from Ambedkar Medical College and SIU-SOM Internal Medicine residency program.
  • Kenneth Kriz, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Dr. Kriz has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters along with a textbook on quantitative research methods in public administration.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Estonia during academic year 2004-05 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Czech Republic in 2008.  He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University
  • Ryan McCrady is President and CEO of Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance.  Previously, he served as President/CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Mason County, City Manager at the City of Decatur, Comptroller at Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and Bank Manager at Illini Bank.  Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree in finance from Illinois State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Aurora and Jordan Coffey were owners and operators the famed American Harvest restaurant in Springfield that closed during the earlier stages of the pandemic.  They are now launching a new, unique dining opportunity at 3121 Hedley Dr. in Springfield call Luminary Kitchen & Provisions. 
  • Nico Paz, AZ-T-CA Mexican Grill
  • Allison Richards, Organizer, Capital City Takeout Challenge
  • Kevin Lust, Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community College
Randy Eccles is thrilled to be talking with community members and joining them in becoming informed citizenry. Please reach out at randy.eccles@nprillinois.org.
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