As we have seen, pandemics are a unique type of threat – they last for months, provide new insights every week, and require organizations to adapt every day. In responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic and current economic challenges, a Task Force has been created to comprehensively assess and identify the extent of economic distress that local communities in the Treasure Coast Region are experiencing.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force will operate under the Sunshine Law at the direction of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee of the Treasure Coast Economic Development District. The purpose of the CEDS Committee, in accordance with U.S. Economic Development Administration Guidelines for Economic Development Districts (1992), is to oversee and guide District-wide economic development planning. The CEDS Committee is under the authority of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, which serves as the regional Economic Development District. All meetings of the Task Force will be duly noticed and open to the public.

The Task Force will be responsible for the development of a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan that, upon approval by the Council, will be incorporated into the current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan for the Treasure Coast Region. The Task Force Members are expected to share information with one another during Task Force meetings as it pertains to response and recovery efforts related to the economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The task force shall remain in force and effect until June 30, 2022 to coincide with the end date of Council’s grant agreement with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide CARES Act Recovery Assistance to the Region.

Task Force Membership

*Last updated 8/13/2021

County Representation
Jeff Stassi Private Citizen Indian River
Kirk Funnell Visit Indian River County Indian River
Jennifer Hance St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners – Housing Division Manager St. Lucie
Elijah Wooten City of Port St Lucie Business Navigator St. Lucie
Tom Kindred SBDC at IRSC St. Lucie
Terissa Aronson

Alternate: Margaret Mitchell

St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce St. Lucie
Brian Bauer

Alternate: Jennifer Eimann

CareerSource Research Coast St. Lucie
Dr. Brian Moriarty Loving Chiropractic of Stuart – Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce Martin
Senator Gayle Harrell Florida Senate Martin
Bill West West Advisory Martin
Joan Goodrich Martin County Business Development Board Martin
Michael Davis WGI – TCRPC Council Member Palm Beach
Sherry Howard

Alternate: Alan Chin Lee

Alternate: William Cross

Palm Beach County Department Housing & Economic Sustainability Palm Beach
Thuy Shutt Boynton Beach CRA – CEDS Member Palm Beach
Anil Chang SBDC at FAU Palm Beach

*Denotes Task Force Chair          **Denotes Task Force Vice-Chair

Meeting Documents


June 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes Presentations
July 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes Presentations
August 13, 2021 Agenda Minutes Presentations
September 10, 2021 Agenda Minutes Presentations
October 25, 2021 Agenda Minutes Presentations


For more information about the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force, please contact:
Terry Ann Paulo, Disaster Economic Recovery Coordinator | Phone: (772) 221-4060 | Email: