The pandemic has created a new normal for local businesses hardest hit by the economic impact. If running a local brick & mortar business wasn’t tough enough pre-Covid, the pandemic exacerbated their challenges by magnitudes. As a result, there’s also a lot more pressure on civic entities to provide new levels of business support to keep their local economies from collapsing. While this isn’t an epiphany to any of you, what IS news are the innovative and high-impact approaches some municipalities and their community partners are taking to help. They say “necessity is the mother of invention” – the municipality leaders and some of their local business owners on this panel will share some of the inventive and innovative solutions they’re now involved in that are having a positive impact.