The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University will hold a series of four town hall meetings on the impact of COVID-19 and recovery - social and economic – on the community, beginning May 19 and continuing through early June.
The series will unveil in-depth findings on region and state fiscal status, economic health and social ramifications during recovery from the pandemic. The series also will examine the public-private emphasis on a well-trained workforce, modern infrastructure with a strong, competitive tax structure that attracts jobs and investment.
“This town hall series is borne from the pandemic, to be sure, but will be primarily a guidepost for the future, how this university serves the community, and how people in our region can recover economically and socially,” said Edward Lopez, director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise.
Among the scheduled speakers is Jackson Déziel, an assistant professor and director of WCU’s Emergency Medical Care Program. He will address how the pandemic affected first responders, emergency medical services technicians and paramedics, and the lessons that local officials and state regulators should take from a societal disruption.
Presentations will be given in virtual and in-person formats.
WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise conducts scholarly research, policy analysis, educational endeavors and community outreach. It holds a regular guest speaker series, sponsors presentations, with an events calendar and public resources available at wcu.edu/csfe.