Community Vitality: City of Sebastopol

Community Vitality Project: 2020 Accomplishments 

Since March of 2020, CoMission has been working in the City of Sebastopol to assist Sebastopol businesses, residents, and nonprofits navigate the pandemic in an effort to strengthen community vitality. ​

​Business Support

CoMission brought Community Vitality and pandemic response efforts to the local business council and is actively participating in the council. Here are some of the highlights of what CoMission accomplished:
 

  • Business Council

    • Conducted Sip Shop Savor

    • Canvassed numerous businesses in person, one on one, to promote the campaign

    • Hosted Webinars (links forthcoming)

  • Holiday Marketing Campaign

    • Created and placed window cards outlining business offerings

    • Created handouts for business owners to expand their offerings and online sales

    • Worked to anchor Townsy in the CBO and with the Chamber of Commerce

  • Worked directly with the Chamber of Commerce to advance and develop their communications and outreach during the pandemic

  • Worked with the Public Works Department on the banner program

  • Conducted direct outreach to local businesses and non-profits to identify support needed and offer resources available

  • Worked with local press to promote Sebastopol's businesses and their shared interests

  • Conducted strategy workshops and webinars for local businesses to help them pivot to the post-pandemic paradigm

  • Supported numerous businesses in accessing pandemic relief funds

    • PPP Administration & Local Loan Availability 

  • Sebastopol City Loan Program Development at $150,000

    • Promote and solicit loan availability to local businesses

    • Design, promote and administer the application process

Community Benefit Organization Support

CoMisson has actively and collaboratively worked to strengthen and support Sebastopol community organizations. Here are some of the highlights of what CoMission accomplished:
 

  • Engagement with community groups and residents to support maximum collaboration

  • Conducted visioning sessions to explore what the future of our town could look like

  • CBO Council 

    • Developed collaboration of CBO leaders

    • Developed ongoing monthly newsletter highlighting CBO events, fundraisers, and job postings

    • Recruited speakers to help the CBO council with capacity building

Residential Support

CoMission has conducted a community needs assessment that has closed in January, 2021. The resulting report is in process and intends to demonstrate the common concerns and desires of the residents of Sebastopol with regard to the local economy, pandemic impacts, public access, and emergency preparedness. Here are some of the highlights of what CoMission accomplished:
 

  • Residential Community Survey 

    • The purpose of this survey is to identify impacts of the pandemic on the residential community, the local economy, public access issues, and emergency preparedness. 

  • Mobilized plant food starts for those residents in need of assistance growing sustenance

Community Surveys

CoMisson conducted a series of surveys in order to identify needs of both the business and community at large in order to understand common challenges and create potential solutions. These surveys were conducted throughout 2020 and continue into 2021. Here are some of the highlights of what CoMission accomplished:
 

  • Business and Community Benefits Survey

    • The purpose of this survey is to identify common issues related to the pandemic and offer potential solutions to identified challenges.

    • CoMission designed, distributed, administered, and developed and presented the results of this survey. The report of this survey is available to the public and provided on this page. 

  • Business Community MicroSurvey

    • The purpose of this survey is to identify common needs in the business community and directing support where applicable. 

    • CoMission designed, distributed, administered, and developed and presented the results of this survey. The report of this survey is available to the public. 

  • Residential Community Survey 

    • The purpose of this survey is to identify impacts of the pandemic on the residential community, the local economy, public access issues, and emergency preparedness. 

    • CoMission designed, distributed, administered, and developed and will be presenting the results of this survey. The report of this survey will be made available to the public.

This report has been created by CoMission for the City of Sebastopol to outline the results of the Business Survey and offer potential actions to identified challenges. Throughout the report, notable trends emerge that reflect the business community’s sentiments as well as their operational status. In some cases, questions and answers provide meaningful insight on the impacts of the pandemic both in terms of pre and post intervention (pandemic related challenges) as well as direct responses toward potential paradigm shifts. Using both qualitative and quantitative measurements the resulting data will be useful in continuing to address the needs and desires of Sebastopol’s business community while driving at longer-term consensus-based recommendations. Additionally, CoMission has provided emergency business support calls for those businesses who responded in the survey requesting assistance in accessing federal funds or navigating pandemic restrictions and reopening orders.

Community Vitality Project:
Business Survey is CLOSED

The Business & Community Benefit Organizations surveys are now closed.

If your company or organization can use assistance in accessing funds available (SBA, EIDL, PPP) or with General Cashflow Management Assistance, or reopening guidelines and requirements, check out our BUSINESS REOPENING + RECOVERY page.

This report is being created by CoMission for the City of Sebastopol to outline the results of the Residential Survey and offer potential actions to identified challenges. Throughout the report, notable trends emerge that reflect the residential community’s sentiments and collective thoughts. In some cases, questions and answers provide meaningful insight on the impacts of the pandemic both in terms of pre and post intervention (pandemic related challenges) as well as direct responses toward potential paradigm shifts. Using both qualitative and quantitative measurements the resulting data will be useful in continuing to address the needs and desires of Sebastopol’s residential community while driving at longer-term consensus-based recommendations. Additionally, CoMission has provided emergency support information to those who responded in the survey requesting this information.

Community Vitality Project:
Residential Survey is CLOSED

CoMission has engaged with the City of Sebastopol on the "Community Vitality Project" as outlined in the 2019 city plans, however since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are swiftly shifting our focus and priorities to address the new challenges and face the resiliency demands of the community not only as they were prior to COVID-19, but especially in the wake of the pandemic.
 

We will continue reaching out to the Sebastopol community comprehensively using outreach and engagement tactics from community meetings to public surveys, proactively eliciting participation from our local business, nonprofit, and government stakeholders.

 

Our work is specifically designed to be performed in an inclusive and collaborative way, and we greatly look forward to continuing to connect with you!
 

Please click the button below to become a participating member of this project, and bookmark this page as it will be updated periodically with the resources and events we develop for the community.

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