Tech Collective Forms COVID Business Engagement Team to Support Reopen Efforts

Providence, R.I. – Tuesday, May 20, 2020: In partnership with Governor Gina Raimondo’s Office and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Tech Collective has formed the COVID Business Engagement Team (CBET), a volunteer task force that will reach out to local business owners to review Rhode Island employer testing stipulations, as well as aggregate data on companies’ testing plans.

Over the next few weeks, the CBET will reach out to Rhode Island employers to review important business centered COVID safety and health guidelines, as well as collect information on each company’s plans for testing, reopening, response and resourcing, among other things. The task force will leverage a multi-pronged communications approach, routinely reaching out to business owners through a series of surveying, calling and emailing efforts.

“The Tech Collective is excited to be supporting Governor Raimondo’s efforts to re-open the state quickly and responsibly,” says Joe Devine, Tech Collective Executive Director. “While new COVID testing information becomes available almost every day, it’s important to keep business leaders informed so they can re-open and stay open. We’re proud of the many Tech Collective members that have volunteered for the COVID Business Engagement Team!”

The Tech Collective has assembled volunteers from its membership community and includes representatives from the following companies: Aqueduct Technologies, Blackburn Labs, Bridge Technical Talent, Carousel Industries, CE Tech, Envision Technology Advisors, HCH Enterprises, NetCenergy, Nunez Co, QuickBase, Trilix and Vertikal6.

Member companies on the Task Force are also working to create a data aggregate and technology enablement platform to expediently track outreach and centralize information that is captured. The information that is compiled about each business’ testing strategy will be narrowly distributed within the Task Force but not shared publicly except in aggregate. The State, Commerce Corporation and Tech Collective will leverage the information collected to spot trends across industries, pinpoint ways in which employers need more help, and identify how best to align state COVID efforts with the needs of Rhode Island companies.
“On behalf of Governor Raimondo and Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, we need your help!” says Ken Brindamour, State Director of RI COVID Testing, “It is critical that the State and our businesses work together to reopen the economy safely. Our CBET team is here to help us understand your needs, and help you navigate possible solutions.”
Up to date COVID information can always be found by visiting:
• Department of Health – COVID Information for Businesses
• Reopening Rhode Island
• COVID-19 Control Plan: Template