April 2, 2020

CLT Alliance Pulse Check: College and University Responses to COVID-19
Our Talent Insights team surveyed regional colleges and universities to learn about their transition from in person to virtual learning and share preliminary thoughts around how recent changes may impact the future of education and training.

New Federal Rules for Distance Learning?
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says institutions, educators and policy makers need to rethink higher education and find new ways to expand educational opportunities. Yesterday, the Department announced the proposal of new distance learning rules.

What Does the Data Say?
More than 362,000 new unemployment claims were filed during the last two weeks of March. Laura Ullrich, Federal Reserve Regional Economist for the Carolinas, and CLT Alliance SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane dissect the numbers and their implications for our future.

City of Charlotte Hosts Small Business Virtual Forum
Register now for the Friday, April 3, 12 p.m. event.

It’s All About Connections
North Carolina hospitals will soon receive 600,000 doses of a COVID-19 treatment currently in short supply. Former state Senator Jeff Tarte and Davidson resident Bill Baugh helped facilitate Amneal Pharmaceuticals donation to the state.

The Arts are Still Alive!
Jeep Bryant, president of the Arts and Science Council, vlogs about the creative community’s innovative efforts underway and a resiliency fund established to help individual artists, musicians, and performers.

Hiring Frenzy
The numbers are mindboggling. In just over two weeks, Amazon has hired more than 80,000 people and is still looking to fill another 20,000 positions. Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations, talks about the rush to fill jobs and enhanced safety measures the company is taking.

Good Deeds in Tough Times
Join Lowe’s in expressing gratitude to the frontline heroes by creating DIY thank you messages using objects found inside your home. Beginning April 6, display the signs in your yard, windows or porches and share on social media using the hashtag #BuildThanks.

Social Post of the Day
Kannapolis City Schools are making 3-D printed face shields and holders for Atrium Health.

Ask Us
With so much information released daily, and resources being offered from all different directions, the CLT Alliance is here to help sort through the confusion and frustration.

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