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The University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable will host a free virtual public webinar titled “The Health of our Local Economy and Businesses after Two Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic” at Noon Friday, Feb. 18 via Zoom.

In March of 2020, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities locked down, and many experts feared that the economy would be severely affected, that businesses would suffer or fail and that widespread unemployment would result. In this webinar, our panel of experts will review the latest local economic and employment data, and report on the health of our local businesses after two years of COVID-19.

Panelists include Ryan McCrady, president & CEO of the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance; Ken Kriz, PhD, UIS distinguished professor of public administration; and Dominic Watson, president of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce. The discussion will be moderated by Molly Lamb, executive director of the UIS Center of State Policy and Leadership.

In order to attend the event, please register online. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register.

For more information, contact Molly Lamb at 217-206-8622 or

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