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Washington Recovery Group executive summary

Dan McConnon - WRG

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Dan McConnon, Washington Recovery Group Chair

Who we are

The Washington Recovery Group will fill the important role to coordinate the state’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery activities and set priorities that strengthen the resiliency of our state and all Washingtonians.

What we do

The WRG acts in an advisory capacity. We will discuss recovery issues and efforts, establish unified objectives, and provide the governor’s executive cabinet lead with recommendations to support state recovery operations. We know successful collaboration throughout the state will create a more just and resilient Washington.

In partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and other private and non-profit entities, our seven initial priorities are:

  • education/childcare
  • health/healthcare
  • community and social services
  • housing
  • small and large businesses
  • unemployment/jobs
  • energy/utilities

What principles guide us

The WRG must use a social equity and justice lens as it makes critical decisions for all Washingtonians. Ultimately, our comprehensive recovery planning efforts will be significant. Not only will these efforts improve a community’s ability to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but they will further prepare Washington for future disasters and lead to a more resilient future for all.

Our responsibilities and membership

We know that a diverse representation of stakeholders is essential to equitable recovery. This group will include state agencies, boards, commissions, tribal partners, and local agencies. Our roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinate recovery actions and set priorities for COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.
  • Oversee the establishment, execution, and support of recovery objectives.
  • Give the Governor’s Office and Joint Field Office timely updates on recovery activities.
  • Share disaster impacts and recovery data to support situational awareness.
  • Provide support to requesting jurisdictions, as needed, in a coordinated manner.

Members of the executive cabinet will remove barriers, issue general policy statements or directives, identifying cost recovery and funding mechanisms, and recommend the state’s recovery priorities and objectives.

Our group will start virtual meetings in October 2020 on a monthly or as-needed basis. For more information, contact WRG Chair Dan McConnon.

Last updated
Friday, October 16, 2020
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