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Breland: Tech giants must play a part in economic recovery

I had the great honor in 2020 to serve on the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable , which was formed by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 59-member Roundtable, which was charged with making policy recommendations to local and regional governing bodies to ensure our region was best positioned to weather the challenges posed by the pandemic and fully recover from its economic effects as rapidly as possible, was comprised of leaders and innovators from the business, labor, nonprofit and education sectors.

The Roundtable issued its report in August, which highlighted four key focus areas: the safe reopening of our economy, ensuring that the recovery is inclusive for our region’s most vulnerable members, enabling local businesses to survive and thrive and innovating to build the foundation of a “better normal.”

In some ways, the report paints a dire picture, calling attention to the severe economic impacts of the pandemic: unemployment in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties quadrupled from 2-3 percent in June 2019 to 11 percent in June 2020 with some sectors being particularly hard-hit. The restaurant and hotel industry, for example, lost more than half its jobs from 2019 to 2020 and almost […]

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