Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce celebrated the kickoff of the Phase 1 Reopening in the region by partnering with the Prince William County Economic Development and Emergency Management Departments to provide area businesses with masks and hand sanitizer as they begin to reopen.
Staff and volunteers from all three organizations as well as two members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors staffed three locations throughout the region. They provided over 4,000 masks and close to 500 gallons of sanitizer to around 200 area businesses.
Ross Snare is the Director of Communications and Government Affairs with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. He spearheaded the effort to staff the stations and provide volunteers from Chamber Membership and Staff. He said, “This was great way to kick off the reopening of Prince William. We touched hundreds of businesses today … Every one of them was incredibly grateful for the work we did and continue to do on their behalf… Most importantly, we all are happy that our Region has entered Phase 1”.
Supervisor Andrea Bailey from the Potomac District assisted in the distribution efforts. She said, “I am always excited to work as a team with the Chamber and Economic Development. [We are] serving and encouraging our business owners as they have always served and encouraged us. This was a great first step in ensuring Phase 1 begins safely. We will build a stronger economy.”
Supervisor Margaret Franklin of the Woodbridge District said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development in supporting businesses throughout Woodbridge and Prince William. While this pandemic has shut down many of our businesses, we’re happy to provide protective gear to help them and their employees stay safe.”