Westfield mayor answers member questions; Forum House hosts virtual coffee hour event
Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Westfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Donald “Don” Humason spoke with nearly 30 virtual participants on May 4 about how the city is responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Attendees on the Zoom meeting tuned in from VIABILITY clubhouse Forum House, the Westfield community, and the event sponsor Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. During the hour-long event, the mayor focused his discussion on what guidance is available regarding business closures, grants, and other funds coming available for small businesses. He spoke about reopening plans and upcoming changes to city leadership.
Sally English, Regional Clubhouse Director for three VIABILITY clubhouses, including Forum House, said she also mentioned VIABILITY and the work our agency is doing in the community, focusing on the benefit of business partnerships.
“The chamber has offered us a direct connection to the business community in Westfield, and hosting the Mayor’s Coffee Hour was a chance to introduce more Westfield business leaders to Forum House and VIABILITY,” said Sally. “These forums, which are hosted regularly, provide a chance for business leaders to get early information about city initiatives as well as let city leadership know what issues are impacting us. Attending these events has helped me get a sense of Westfield’s plan for growth, and hosting allows us to spread the word of Forum House and VIABILITY.”
The mayor also answered questions from participants about budgets, community policing, and how community organizations can help during the COVID-19 response.