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The Check-In: Business And Economic Impact

Kristofor Husted
Billiards on Broadway recently switched to curbside service only, like many restuarants in Columbia.

While cases of COVID-19 are on the rise across the country and here in Missouri, a second tragic crisis is also unfolding around us.


Residents have been ordered to stay-at-home to keep everyone safe, which also means that businesses across the nation and here in our Mid-Missouri towns are having to close. With those closures, business-owners are seeing their dreams shuttered, hopefully only temporarily. And people who work in restaurants and bars, among other industries, are seeing their jobs disappear.


Missouri, along with the rest of the nation, has seen a recording-breaking jump in unemployment claims 


In today's episode, we’re going to break down the impact of the coronavirus-crisis on business and the economy. 


Our guest is Alan Spell, a professor with MU Extension and an economic and workforce researcher. (Full disclosure Alan is also a long-time friend of host Janet Saidi's family.) Recently, Alan’s been busy analyzing the impact of the crisis on Missouri’s economy. 


We also receive calls from Nickie Davis, executive director of Columbia's Downtown Community Improvement District, and Traci Gleason of Missouri Budget Project.



To listen to the live show, tune in to KBIA 91.3 FM weekdays at noon.


Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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