The following is a press release from the City of Lubbock:

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force (LERT) held its first meeting Monday, April 20, 2020. LERT, announced last week by Mayor Dan Pope, was created to advise the Lubbock City Council on actions to quickly and safely reopen the local economy.

“The Lubbock Economic Recovery Taskforce is a diverse and experienced group of community and business leaders who all understand the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on our city,” said Mayor Pope. “Their recommendations to help the local economy will preserve both lives and livelihoods.”

Mayor Pope announced Thursday, April 16, that LERT would be co-chaired by Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets, and Councilman Steve Massengale.

“I’m thankful for the tremendous interest we have had in the taskforce,” said Massengale. “I’m honored to co-chair with Robert Taylor and excited to be surrounded by great leaders from our community. Our task is unprecedented and difficult. I’m confident we can get Lubbock open for business and at the same time protect the health of our community.”

The members of LERT are as follows:

  • Chris Berry – River Smith’s
  • Keith Bryant – LCISD Superintendent
  • Kendra Burris – TTUS Office of the Chancellor
  • Chris Chambers – Chambers Engineering
  • Victor Flores – TriUnited Auto
  • Mark Funderburk – UMC
  • Mark Griffin – Griffin Companies
  • Dr. Joshua Hill – Covenant Health
  • Latrelle Joy – City Councilmember
  • Dave Marcinkowski – Madera Residential
  • Dr. Michelle McCord – FISD Superintendent
  • Barry Orr – First Bank & Trust
  • Richard Parks – Covenant Health
  • Henry Patel – Taj Hospitality
  • Dr. Kathy Rollo – LISD Superintendent
  • Lawrence Schovanec – TTU President
  • Gabe Vitela – One Guy’s
  • Bishop Bill Watson – Church of God in Christ
  • Jordan Wheatley – 806 Land Group
  • Brad Wyatt – Cardinal’s

(Press release from the City of Lubbock)