__MAIN_TEXT__
feature-image

Page 36

SHOP to SHOWFLOOR I&D and Event Labor

in a phased reopening of the economy, which will be increasingly more difficult if they do not have Paycheck Protection Program funding to sustain their operations “ Exhibitions Mean Business says. “The lack of investment will cost the U.S. economy millions in revenue and jobs. DMOs provide critical economic development services for nearly every community across the U.S. DMOs are the engines of the travel economy and their collapse will slow the economic recovery of the entire travel industry. Many of these organizations may not survive until it is safe to meet again.” This bill was introduced to the House in early May and is currently being considered by the House Committee on Small Business. The last bill is the one that has made it the farthest through the legislative process, earning House approval on May 15 and currently being advanced to the Senate. It is called the HEROES Act—an acronym for the Health and Economic Recover Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, and while it does not provide targeted relief for the tradeshowand event-related firms, its components would provide resources for many working within the industry. Specifically, the HEROES Act: »   Expands the Paycheck Protection Program implemented by the Small Business Administration to all associations and nonprofits. Many of these organizations will need

this source of financial protection to withstand the loss of revenue due to cancelled or postponed exhibitions and events. »   Includes a provision for another round of stimulus checks, or economic impact payments. It would provide $1,200 to every family member, including children, up to $6,000 per household. »   Extends the extra $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit through January 2021. Gig workers, independent contractors, part-time workers and the self-employed will also be able to take advantage of unemployment benefits through March 2021. »   Provide $500 billion in direct assistance to state governments to counter the fiscal impacts of the pandemic, $375 billion to assist local governments, $20 billion to tribal governments and $20 billion to U.S. territories. »   Provide an additional $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures. It also would ensure that all Americans could receive free coronavirus treatment. »   Allocates $3.6 billion in grants to states for planning and preparation of elections, as well as to bolster election security. »   Gives $25 billion in assistance to the Postal Service, which is expected to run out of money by late September without congressional assistance. “In these extraordinary financial times it is critical for the federal government to use whatever fiscal means it has at its disposal to prop up the economy,” Exhibitions Mean Business says. It also provides numerous resources to help people take direct action with their own lawmakers,

including helping them determine who those lawmakers are and what their position is on the subject. Email templates, contact information, a bill tracker to follow the legislative process, tutorials on how to get in front of legislators, an ambassador program and much more fill out the microsite in order to arm industry constituents with the tools they need to speak up. “Exhibitions Mean Business is focused on issues and legislation that impact our industry, our members and our communities,” officials say. “These issues will evolve and change over time, but it’s up to all of us as an industry to ensure that our voice is heard.”

Autumn Briggs, an attendee of the virtual Exhibitions Mean Business event, completely agrees. “It’s important for us to tell our story about how it’s directly impacting us, which I think it’s important for them to know— for everyone to know,” she says. “I don’t think that everyone realizes how much it affects other businesses.” The positive response to this year’s Global Exhibition Day activities was a step in the right direction towards banding as many industry professionals together as possible to amplify a voice on the issues impacting them all, industry leaders say. “This is really just the beginning,” Carrie Ferenac, president of CNTV, told attendees. “We want you to continue emailing, continue tweeting, continue posting on Instagram and Facebook so that not only do our elected officials know the importance of this industry, but so do all of our friends and family. This is a message that needs to go out to the world big picture.”

36 July/August 2020 Exhibit City News

034_STS_GED_0720.indd 3

7/9/20 2:04 PM

Profile for Exhibit City News

Exhibit City News - July/August 2020  

Exhibit City News - July/August 2020  

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded