Alliance News May 21, 2020

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and Skookum announce launch of the Carolinas Alliance COVID-19 Match Site

Charlotte, NC – May 21, 2020 - The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and Skookum announced today the launch of the Carolinas Alliance COVID-19 Match Site. The two-state collaborative program is dedicated to matching the needs of the Carolinas’ healthcare providers, businesses and government organizations with manufacturers, vendors, suppliers and talent who can help deliver crucial supplies and Personal Protection Equipment.

The site, found at carolinasalliance.org, is easy to navigate allowing manufacturers, healthcare providers, businesses and government organizations the ability to register free of charge to be added to the database. Users can then search for matches filtered by industry, region and product.

“The Carolinas Alliance Match Site is yet another example of how the Charlotte Region innovates for good,” said CLT Alliance President and CEO, Janet LaBar. “From our manufacturers and suppliers, to our healthcare system providers and businesses, the portal will help match supply and demand for Personal Protection Equipment now, as well as develop a broader strategic local supply-chain network in the future. To top it off, homegrown tech innovation firm Skookum brought it all to life—further demonstrating that our community can solve collaboratively, creatively and with an unmatched can-do spirit.”

"The Carolinas have been home to Skookum for over 15 years. When the Alliance called, our team was excited to volunteer our services to build a digital solution that supported our community's ability to respond to this crisis. Our only hope is that this product makes a positive impact for our neighbors," added Skookum President Joe Ryan.

The idea originated from Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. who identified the need to quickly and efficiently connect those manufacturing PPEs to those seeking supplies. When the CLT Alliance learned of Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.’s efforts, the organization saw a way to tap into its broad, 15-county network to make a real difference across North and South Carolina.

"We started with a small, local group of healthcare providers and manufacturers, and are thrilled to see this network expand across the Carolinas,” said Mark Owens, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. President.  “The ability to produce millions of units of PPE will allow us to reopen the economy safely and create supply chain connections that will outlast the pandemic." 

Pricing, purchasing details and delivery are coordinated by the supplier and recipient. While donations are appreciated, they are not be expected.

As North Carolina looks to partially reopen many businesses under phase two of Governor Roy Cooper’s plan Friday, the timing could not be more important.

“The Carolinas Alliance Match website will serve as an excellent resource to connect businesses looking to secure critical safety supplies as they reopen with manufacturers and suppliers in the region. We’ve already used it to connect with suppliers and get quotes,” said Christopher Moxley, Co-Owner, 704 Shop.

The states leading hospital systems say the site can go a long way in helping to reduce COVID-19 cases and ultimately make the community safer for everyone.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have seen our communities come together to solve problems in unique and inspiring ways. This project taps into that spirit as our economy begins to re-emerge, helping businesses develop new innovations and new markets with other businesses who have new or existing unmet needs, all as a result of COVID-19. It’s neighbor helping neighbor across the region,” said Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President, Chief Integration Officer and System Chief of Staff, Atrium Health.

“I am pleased that both large and small businesses now have easy access to PPE so they can get back to work safely. At Novant Health we know how scarce these resources have been so it’s great to see so many manufacturers transform to support this supply need,” said Jesse Cureton, EVP & Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health.

The CLT Alliance and Skookum would like to acknowledge and thank our multiple partners including Mecklenburg County, our regional chambers of commerce and economic development advisory council representatives.

For more information contact Natalie Dick at ndick@charlotteregion.com or visit www.carolinasalliance.org.


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