This week, the Seminole County Chamber joined forces with 39 other chambers around the country to urge Congress to include cultural organizations, like the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Society, in their appropriations for COVID-19 relief.
"Our non-profits operate like any other business and have had to shut their doors like so many others," says Jason Brodeur, president/CEO, Seminole County Chamber. "We need to help them, their employees and the service they provide remain long after this pandemic has passed."
The effort was led by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Other chambers include ones representing Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and more. Only four other chambers in Florida participated, including the Orlando Economic Partnership.
The letter talks about the importance of these types of organizations and how they have been affected.
"Collectively, the nation’s performing arts centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums are losing millions of dollars a day due to closures and are in desperate need of significant federal support to continue to employ many thousands of people, rebuild our nation’s tourism industry, and simply survive the months to come.
"As cash-based businesses, our economic stability depends on revenue generated from our
visitors. Initial furloughs and layoffs of personnel began in many institutions and will escalate as closures extend and event cancellations continue. Over and above losses in earned revenue and unremitted expenses, these organizations are projecting a decline in charitable contributions as donors reassess their capacity to give."
To read the entire letter, please click here.