It's what Prince Georgians do during tough times: support each other.
Now, there's a new initiative to once again prove how united the community is while in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Support PG is a collaboration of partners representing a cross-section of local agencies with direct stakes that support Prince George's economy.
The group has launched a website in hopes of giving businesses access to all resource supports to help through one of the most unprecedented pandemics in a lifetime.
"During these unprecedented times it is essential to work together to rally for our local businesses, associations and groups with a plan for response, resiliency and for eventual recovery," Tourism Prince George CEO Tracey McBride says.
"Prince George is known for rallying around their city and demonstrating their pride and compassion for each other during great events and especially during tough times. I have no doubt that when we work together we can emerge stronger, more resilient with creative solutions and bold new ideas. Our team is focused and engaged to ensure that we are successful for the long term, regardless of what changes may occur."
The following agencies teamed up to start #SupportPG:
- Prince George Chamber of Commerce
- City of Prince George
- Tourism Prince George
- Downtown Prince George
- Community Futures Fraser-Fort George
- Prince George Airport Authority
- Women's Enterprise Centre
- Aboriginal Business Development Corporation
- College of New Caledonia
- University of Northern British Columbia
- Northern BC Tourism Association
The online hub provides links to resources such as webinars, funding sources, human resource support, health and wellness information, as well as contacts for people to call if they are struggling to find the programs and/or support that they need during the challenging times.
Other pages included in the initiative's site are businesses that are open and operating with take-out and delivery.
And, we could all use some good news during these tough times, which is why there will be a page that includes stories of local heroes and blogs written by locally-sourced experts.
“When #SupportPG was first envisioned, it was intended to highlight the amazing work of local business and bridge the gap amongst community groups and organizations," Prince George Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd orrigall says.
"Today (April 29) marks both the culmination of the initial work, and the beginning of the next phase. For any recovery to be viable, we need to ensure that our businesses are supported right now. Our goal is to ensure that business can remain viable, employers can retain employees and residents can patronize local business – the end result is a swift and successful local recovery when possible.”
If you want to show your support, you can also take the #SupportPG Pledge.