May 31, 2020

City Council to Consider Forming Economic Pandemic Impact Committee (EPIC)

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Shelter at Home Health Orders have had a significant impact on the fiscal health of both the City and local businesses. Local businesses are the backbone of Suisun City’s economy and a source of fiscal strength.

On May 5th, the Suisun City Council will consider creating an Economic Pandemic Impact Citizen Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to discuss best practices in jump-starting our economy in a safe and healthy way, ensure our businesses have the support they need to reopen, and identify ways to expand businesses or services in our City.

If approved, Staff envisions the Economic Pandemic Impact Committee (EPIC) being formed within the next 30 days, with City Council making appointments at the May 19th meeting.

Total Membership would consist of 17 members:

  • 15 appointed by the Mayor and City Council with full voting rights,
  • 2 non-appointed with no voting rights consisting of the Mayor and City Manager, as Chair and Vice Chair respectively.

The appointed positions would consist of five At-Large Members appointed by a member of the Council. These members should have expertise or experience which would add value to the discussion of economic recovery for Suisun City.

There would also be 10 Stakeholder Members appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the City Manager representing economic stakeholders in our community as follows:

  • 4 members – Small and large businesses of any type located within city limits. Size of businesses is defined by number of employees – small is 15 or fewer employees and large is more than 15 employees. The desire is to have 50% representation of each but is flexible depending on the nominations.
  • 1 member – Non-profit organization located within city limits.
  • 1 member – Locally owned restaurant located within city limits.
  • 1 member – Business member of the Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District.
  • •3 members – A board member from the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, the Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“The socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will reverberate throughout our community many times over,” said Mayor Lori Wilson. “However, having EPIC dedicated to advising the Council on a dynamic recovery plan that is focused on both the short- and long-term recovery of our community will be key in how effective we are in not only bouncing back but expanding businesses and services in Suisun City. My hope is we will have a committee full of engaged community leaders with a track record of innovative thinking and problem-solving.”

Individuals desiring to be selected as an “At-Large” member, should reach out to Councilmembers directly. Individuals desiring to be selected as a “Stakeholder” member, should self-nominate by sending an email to mayor@suisun.com with the subject line “EPIC Stakeholder Member” and in the body of the email include the stakeholder membership you desire to represent and a brief explanation of your business and why you should be selected for this committee. Self-nomination should be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8:00pm. Stakeholder Members consisting of the three local Chambers will be made by direct appointment in discussion with Presidents of the Chambers


For information and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.suisun.com/coronavirus/