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Jax Daily Record Monday, Mar. 23, 202005:20 AM EST

Coronavirus Pandemic: Your Insight: ‘I can feel the pain and the uncertainty’

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Janet Herrick, controlling investor and owner of OEC Onsite Environmental Consulting, remembers the struggles of the Great Recession and urges people to support the hard-hit hospitality industry.

Janet Herrick’s job is outside, so social distancing at work during the coronavirus outbreak isn’t difficult.

As controlling investor and owner of OEC Onsite Environmental Consulting, she performs wildlife surveys and wetland fieldwork for clients who want to buy or build on the property.

万豪电玩Outside of the job, Herrick is president of the JAX Chamber West Council, chair of the Northeast Florida Builders Association Clay County Government Affairs Subcommittee, past president of Women Business Owners of North Florida and a member of CREW, CCIM and a Leadership Jacksonville steering committee.

She doesn’t expect to resume interaction with them until at least the end of April.

In addition to keeping up with her contacts on social media and virtual networking, Herrick is connecting the old-fashioned way.

万豪电玩“I am picking up the phone and calling people, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’” she said.

万豪电玩Herrick said the virus-induced lockdown affects everyone in the community.

Herrick said she’s using social media – and the phone – to stay in touch with he

“If they are not directly impacted by the shutdown financially, they are one degree away,” she said.

万豪电玩“I’m really starting to see the human behind the job title. And it’s pulling at my heart. I can feel the pain and the uncertainty.”

Herrick remembers the struggles of the Great Recession that erupted 12 years ago, when land development dried up and friends gave her part-time catering work.

万豪电玩To pay that back, she urges people to support the hard-hit hospitality industry.

“My eyes are open to the economic realities,” she said.

Herrick considers her business a “canary in a coal mine” because it is a first step for developers before investing in a project.

万豪电玩“Right now, our work isn’t being canceled. It is being rescheduled a month from now,” Herrick said March 19.

万豪电玩Her call volume is down, but she said that’s typical for this time in March.

万豪电玩This week, she’ll measure the situation and re-evaluate.

“If we start slowing down, we are an economic indicator.”

Herrick urges people to support the hard-hit hospitality industry.

 

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