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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
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