USVIHTA Update | August 2020
Greetings Members

The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for a curfew pass with VITEMA. Curfew passes will only be issued through the end of August. Click here to download the application.

And don't forget to text USVIHTA to 55678 to receive our text alerts! To opt in, open a new text message and enter 55678 as the recipient. In the message, enter the keyword USVIHTA (it can be upper or lower case, but must be one word with no spaces) and send. You will receive a confirmation text letting you know you've successfully opted in. We do have a maximum number of texts we can send each month, so please be sure that those signing up to receive text alerts are members of your staff who can disseminate information to the rest of your team. Thank you to Save On Islands for assisting USVIHTA with this valuable tool to immediately communicate important information with our members. If you’re interested in setting up this useful tool for your business, please see the article below.
COVID-19 Update
Please click the links below to read our recent updates. Keep in mind that statistics are changing daily as we learn more, so some of the information from our updates may have changed. You can also visit doh.vi.gov/covid19usvi for more information. To receive updates, alerts and notifications on COVID-19 in the USVI, TEXT “COVID19USVI” to 888777. If you suspect you have symptoms or if you have questions, please call the Health Department’s Epidemiology Division Hotline: 340-‪712-6299 (STX) and 340-‪776-1519 (STT & STJ).

USVIHTA COVID-19 Communications:

Other Information:
Save On Islands Business Solutions
Save On Islands Business Solutions specializes in many services under the mobile technology/savings and rewards umbrella. We provide mobile solutions to help government agencies, big and small businesses and organizations reach out to their audience directly. All of our solutions are custom, giving ultimate flexibility and advance reporting. Now you can send info such as:

  • Emergencies
  • Closures
  • One on One messaging (Can see and resound to incoming messages)
  • COVID-19 Info
  • Surveys
  • Forms
  • Recruitment
  • Planning
  • Updates
  • Internal Communications & much more sent directly sent to their phones!
 
Click here to read an overview of our cutting-edge mobile solutions! We can be reached directly at 340-998-8488 or email us at Support@saveonislands.com.
My Brother's Workshop Cafe & Bakery is Open!
After being closed to the public through our COVID-19 #SpreadHope Response where we were able to serve 37,923 meals to the vulnerable population on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, MBW Cafe and Bakery has returned to our standard operations and is now open for take out orders only. During our COVID-19 Response, we were able to keep our trainees engaged in our program of mentorship, education, counseling, on the job training and job placement. We are looking forward to continuing to do so while getting back to serving you! Read more.
Participate in the Tourism & Economic Development Survey
The Government of the USVI has engaged the University of the Virgin Islands, Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) in the creation of the five-year USVI Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Tourism Master Plan (TMP). The CEDS is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document that allows regions to identify strengths and weaknesses and brings together a diverse set of partners to generate jobs, diversify the economy and spur economic growth. The TMP will capture and address post-hurricane and post-COVID-19 impacts on the tourism industry and identify ways to make the industry less vulnerable to economic downturns and natural disasters. The goal is to develop a TMP that lays out the path to a more competitive, diversified, sustainable and resilient tourism industry for the territory. Your participation and feedback are critical to the development of the USVI CEDS/TMP. Please provide your honest and candid responses to the survey questions below. Your responses are anonymous and you will not be identified by your response. CEDS/TMP Survey: https://forms.gle/jYBmELE5E6DLrm4i7
CONNECT 2020 - Virtual Caribbean Investment Conference
CHRIS+HOLA Connect unifies the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) and Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) events into one virtual hotel investment conference. The three-day online event, scheduled from Sept. 8-10, will include plenary session programming, region-specific breakout sessions, as well as networking opportunities that are pertinent to all hoteliers. Meet and connect with the hotel investment community, wherever you are in the world! Click here for the flyer. Register here.

More regional news:
Gov. Bryan Holds Ribbon-Cutting For Veterans Drive Road Project
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach and Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for the completion of the initial phase of the Veterans Drive road project, which is part of a larger revitalization of the St. Thomas Waterfront and Downtown Charlotte Amalie. After some brief remarks, Bryan and Roach led a cavalcade of vehicles for an inaugural drive on the newly opened road. Phase 1 of the Veterans Drive Improvement Project finished by the American Bridge Company well before its completion date of July 2021 at a cost of $45 million. The scope of work included roadway widening; pavement reconstruction; seawall construction; drainage improvements; lighting; installation of a new expanded promenade and landscaping. The design for Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2021, with an estimated cost of $100 million. Read more.
“Keep the VI Clean” Youth Video Challenge
The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority Preserving Paradise Team, in partnership with the Departments of Education and Tourism, has launched the “Keep the VI Clean” Youth Video Challenge. This exciting project challenges young people to use their creativity to emphasize the importance of not littering and keeping our islands clean. The contest is open students attending elementary, junior high or high school at any of the public, parochial or private schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Click the contest flyer to the right to expand, click here for the rules and regulations and here for the promo commercial.
Bryan Williams' Tip: I Will Greet THIS Day with Love in My Heart
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